According to world famous physicist Stephen Hawking, the rising use of automated machines may mean the end of human rights – not just jobs. But he’s not talking about robots with artificial intelligence taking over the world, he’s talking about the current capitalist political system and its major players.
On Reddit, Hawking said that the economic gap between the rich and the poor will continue to grow as more jobs are automated by machines, and the owners of said machines hoard them to create more wealth for themselves.
The insatiable thirst for capitalist accumulation bestowed upon humans by years of lies and terrible economic policy has affected technology in such a way that one of its major goals has become to replace human jobs.
If we do not take this warning seriously, we may face unfathomable corporate domination. If we let the same people who buy and sell our political system and resources maintain control of automated technology, then we’ll be heading towards a very harsh reality.
Having secured the new labor force through fully automated machines, what has left for the dominant elite now, is to take all the resources. Big corporations are grabbing huge cultivable areas especially in the developing countries in order to control food production.
Oil and natural gas fields in many areas of the planet are already controlled by big private corporations, ...
Hawking's note from the discussion on Reddit:
If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality.
Professor Hawking is absolutely right. The problem is not automation itself, but the system under which is being developed. The obsolete Capitalism is being used - by the elites who have the economic power - as an intermediate tool to the new Dark Ages of modern Feudalism through which they will take total control of everything. Under such a Dystopian scenery, technology will be used to secure the dominance of the few, instead of improving the lives of billions.
The worse of all, is that Western societies have been 'compromised' with a culture according to which we can't have a better society out of Capitalism. It is a culture expressed by the myth of Thatcherian 'There Is No Alternative', or, Fukuyama's 'End of History'. This culture has been planted deeply in the Western thought especially in the last one hundred years, and became a building block of the Western neo-rationalism.
This culture has generated the destructive neoliberalism, which the elites are using as intermediate stage, destroying everything that the majority has conquered against them, over the past decades. The elites are breaking the social contract with the majority, exactly because they don't need human labor anymore. Societies are still living inside the 'Matrix' of this culture. They appear to be unable to liberate themselves, break the chains and fight for their lives.