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John Danaher on Automation and Utopia Technology & Prose

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John Danaher, Senior Lecturer in Law at NUI Galway, discusses his new book, Automation and Utopia: Human Flourishing in a World Without Work.


 


On the season finale of Technology & Prose, John Danaher joins host Nikita Aggarwal to talk about the meaning of work (1:13), the automatability and automation of work (2:36), why we should welcome automation — the case for technological unemployment (10:02), the gig economy, Uber, and the limits to improving the conditions of work (13:25), building a post-work future - the ‘cyborg utopia’ and the ‘virtual utopia’ (19:25), problems with cyborgization (22:44), the meaning of utopia (28:00), the concept of virtual reality (29:53), constructing a virtual utopia, the ‘utopia of games’ (34:40), psychedelics and other sources of human flourishing in a post-work future (41:25), Big Tech, universal basic income (UBI) and the political economy of virtual utopia (42:34).


 


References


Manyika et al, A Future that Works: Automation, Employment and Productivity


Frey and Osborne, The Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerisation? 


Moravec’s paradox


Robertson, Robo Sapiens Japanicus 


UK Supreme Court decision in Uber v Aslam 


Gallup, State of the Global Workplace Report  


Harari, Sapiens and Homo Deus 


Suits, The Grasshopper: Games, Life and Utopia 


Macintyre, After Virtue 


 


Check out John’s blog and podcast, Philosophical Disquisitions


 


Recorded on 29th March 2021.

John Danaher, Senior Lecturer in Law at NUI Galway, discusses his new book, Automation and Utopia: Human Flourishing in a World Without Work.


 


On the season finale of Technology & Prose, John Danaher joins host Nikita Aggarwal to talk about the meaning of work (1:13), the automatability and automation of work (2:36), why we should welcome automation — the case for technological unemployment (10:02), the gig economy, Uber, and the limits to improving the conditions of work (13:25), building a post-work future - the ‘cyborg utopia’ and the ‘virtual utopia’ (19:25), problems with cyborgization (22:44), the meaning of utopia (28:00), the concept of virtual reality (29:53), constructing a virtual utopia, the ‘utopia of games’ (34:40), psychedelics and other sources of human flourishing in a post-work future (41:25), Big Tech, universal basic income (UBI) and the political economy of virtual utopia (42:34).


 


References


Manyika et al, A Future that Works: Automation, Employment and Productivity


Frey and Osborne, The Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerisation? 


Moravec’s paradox


Robertson, Robo Sapiens Japanicus 


UK Supreme Court decision in Uber v Aslam 


Gallup, State of the Global Workplace Report  


Harari, Sapiens and Homo Deus 


Suits, The Grasshopper: Games, Life and Utopia 


Macintyre, After Virtue 


 


Check out John’s blog and podcast, Philosophical Disquisitions


 


Recorded on 29th March 2021.

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