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Onward to a Democratic Socialist Automated Neutropia
B. J. Murphy   Dec 27, 2017   Serious Wonder  

During a talk at the CIO Network, techno-philanthropist and entrepreneur Peter H. Diamandis said, “I’m sort of a libertarian capitalist at heart, but we’re heading towards a future of socialism.” And he’s not wrong. Capitalism might’ve helped bring about advanced technological innovations over the decades, but as a result, the socio-economic system is providing the very tools needed to eventually replace it as a whole.

For capitalism to thrive, labor must be maintained and profits continue being accumulated. The problem, however, is the contradiction of which arises within the capitalist system when automation becomes involved. The more automation increases, the less relevant labor becomes within the mechanism of production.

Believe it or not, this understanding was in consensus between two radically different economic theoreticians: Karl Marx and Adam Smith.

Whether it was Marx's emphasis in Das Kapital on "living labor" (human) being replaced by "dead labor" (machines) or Smith's own emphasis in Wealth of Nations that "the invention of a great number of machines which facilitate and abridge labour...enable one man to do the work of many," it was agreed that automation will eventually result in the mass decrease of human labor within the workforce. 

Neo-luddites believe this to be a detrimental move in the wrong direction. I, on the other hand, believe this to be one of humanity's ultimate steps toward progress. The goal is a completely automated society, whereby all management and production is maintained via artificial intelligence (AI) and/or automated machinery. At this point, society will have reached what economics theorist Jeremy Rifkin refers to as zero marginal cost. 

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B.J. Murphy is a Technoprogressive Transhumanist activist within the East Coast region of the U.S. He's worked with the asteroid mining company Planetary Resources as a member of their Planetary Community Vanguard, helping campaign funding for the ARKYD 100 Space Telescope, an open-source means of space exploration. He is a Writer, Editor, and Social Media Manager for and runs his own blog called The Proactionary Transhumanist. He's a co-author of both Longevitize!: Essays on the Science, Philosophy & Politics of Longevity and The Future of Business: Critical Insights On a Rapidly Changing World From 60 Futurists.


“The more automation increases, the less relevant labor becomes within the mechanism of production.”

Unless laborers are free to move trans-borders. Then businesses can readily obtain cheap labor, so automation becomes less important.

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