online: 24 august 2019
modified: 8 august 2019
8 august 2019 i dont believe in
i dont believe in specialisation . . . that is for the robots . . . if
this is so then robots enable us to change our ideology of industrial
work as something all people must do . . . if this perhaps trite saying
opens the world to an industrial life in which specialisation is no
longer forced upon us by the immense money saving of the mechanisation
as we know it . . .
there may well be a possibility of releasing everyone from this
imprisonment in fragmentary work . . . while mechanical machine and
automation call us to completely revise our view of many things as being
capable of inventing and creating robotics . . .
if we can but once draw the false conclusion that it is people that will
be mechanised . . . as the farcical picture* of the pin factory in which
the theoretical price is 100 of what it was of being made by hand . . .
to pursue that without a meta-industrial system which transfers this
terrible load of being dehumanised . . . (which may seem incredible) . . .
*Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations: volume I, (London: Grant Richards),
1904 (first published in 1776), pages 6-7.
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