Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

The IEET is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Connecticut in the United States. Please give as you are able, and help support our work for a brighter future.

Search the IEET
Subscribe and Contribute to:

Technoprogressive? BioConservative? Huh?
Quick overview of biopolitical points of view

whats new at ieet

Consciousness is a Mathematical Pattern

Mindfulness-Based Therapy – Does it Work? (Summary, Part 3)

Mindfulness-Based Therapy – Examining the Studies (Part 2)

What’s on your Mind? - Mindfulness-Based Therapies and Mental Health (Part 1)

Digital Immortality Map: Reconstruction of the Personality Based on its Information Traces

Reverse Missionaries: Are African Churches Exporting Homophobia to the West?

ieet books

Surviving AI: The promise and peril of artificial intelligence
Calum Chace


johnmesserly on 'Mindfulness-Based Therapy – Does it Work? (Summary, Part 3)' (Oct 7, 2015)

rms on 'Scenario 2099: Rewilding, Population Implosion, Artificial Photosynthesis, and - Global Cooling?' (Oct 7, 2015)

Alexey Turchin on 'Digital Immortality Map: Reconstruction of the Personality Based on its Information Traces' (Oct 6, 2015)

rms on 'A Techno-Optimist Movement: For an Evenly Distributed Future
' (Oct 5, 2015)

CygnusX1 on 'The Simulated Future' (Oct 4, 2015)

Roy Alexander on 'Could Artificial Morals and Emotions Make Robots Safer?' (Oct 4, 2015)

etienne thillaye on 'Egalitarianism is not Radical' (Oct 3, 2015)

Subscribe to IEET News Lists

Daily News Feed

Longevity Dividend List

Catastrophic Risks List

Biopolitics of Popular Culture List

Technoprogressive List

Trans-Spirit List


Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”

Moral Enhancement and Political Realism

Intelligent Technologies and Lost Life

Hottest Articles of the Last Month

Seven Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World Forever
Sep 29, 2015
(117701) Hits
(4) Comments

The price of the Internet of Things will be a vague dread of a malicious world
Sep 25, 2015
(28470) Hits
(3) Comments

This Artificially Intelligent Boss Means the Workplace Will Never Be the Same
Sep 18, 2015
(16583) Hits
(1) Comments

Religion and Superintelligence
Sep 12, 2015
(8444) Hits
(0) Comments

IEET > Vision > Technoprogressivism > Staff > J. Hughes

Print Email permalink (2) Comments (2756) Hits •  subscribe Share on facebook Stumble This submit to reddit submit to digg

James Hughes: Automation & the Decline of Human Employment

James Hughes

Adam Ford

Posted: Feb 2, 2013

Why the Fight Against Austerity Today Lays the Foundation for a Sexy, High-Tech Future


Print Email permalink (2) Comments (2757) Hits •  subscribe Share on facebook Stumble This submit to reddit submit to digg


Hughes does a superb job of expounding a different view of Singularity thinking from the dominant free-market, libertarian model. I hope to pass this on to many of my progressive friends who are uneasy about transhumanism and Singularity studies.

Excellent stuff – passionate and funny!

James beware, seems you are merely a step away from entering politics and becoming a politician!

Regarding the nobility of work, and I think you covered it well, but just to remind you that Ayn Rand's ethic regarding work is that work IS noble, Human effort to strive for purpose and happiness in their lives and for both the betterment of themselves and mankind and in the "work" that they do is noble, (lest you forget this)? Such are the alignments in ethics that we can so easily overlook when taking political stances?

Rand declares "money is not evil!" – indeed money is not, it is substance. Self-ishness, (exceeding rational self interest), resulting in the pursuit of greed is!

Tis indeed the truth that work today, (and for most of Human history) = wage servitude (or slavery)

Tis indeed the truth, (and for most of Human history) that property rights are there to protect you from those who would not hesitate to confiscate and steal your noble works and efforts, if you were to permit this?

And earlier you touched upon another Libertarian ethic also, where you indicated skills downsizing, and more importantly, end of wage servitude results in more self-sufficiency and perhaps a return to a more basic ethic towards work and "chopping your own wood" and 3D printing your own foodstuffs?

This would seem to conflict with an ethic of social welfare and provision for all? Can we employ both? I would say yes, because an end to Human labour and wage servitude need not result in an end to personal social responsibility towards participation, social contract, and whatever "work" there is left to do? Quid pro quo?

Please note, this does not make me a hardened Libertarian, (a label for which I am often accused here!)

Also.. One way to scale the fiscal cliff is to bring it down to your level?

Here's an amusing, (and now well known), anecdote from someone who can see the emperor has no cloths?

"Noddy Holder asks some pertinent questions on 'Have I Got News For You' Christmas Special - 2008."

Persistent and incremental reduction of Global debt through world political agreement would seem like the first practical steps to deconstructing a socioeconomic system based upon debt?
Just the ease of debt upon the masses would be enough to help promote the ideals towards increased prosperity for all?

"Jubilee Debt Campaign is demanding an end to the scandal of poor countries paying money to the rich world. We are calling for 100% cancellation of unpayable and unjust poor country debts.

The world's most impoverished countries are forced to pay millions of dollars EVERY DAY to the rich world in debt repayments, while poverty kills millions of their people. Meanwhile, creditors use their power over indebted countries to force them to privatise their services, open up their markets or cut essential spending."

YOUR COMMENT (IEET's comment policy)

Login or Register to post a comment.

Next entry: The Difference Between Citizen and DIY Science

Previous entry: Video Interview of Nick Bostrom by Adam Ford


RSSIEET Blog | email list | newsletter |
The IEET is a 501(c)3 non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered in the State of Connecticut in the United States.

East Coast Contact: Executive Director, Dr. James J. Hughes,
56 Daleville School Rd., Willington CT 06279 USA 
Email: director @     phone: 860-297-2376

West Coast Contact: Managing Director, Hank Pellissier
425 Moraga Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611
Email: hank @