Luddism

19 Mar 2023 06:28 - 17 Jun 2023 08:29
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    • There's an effort to rehabilitate the idea of Luddism, which is usually thought of a s dumb, reactionary movement against technological improvement. The real Luddites were not anti-technology in general, they were weavers opposed to the use of a specific technology that threatened their livelihoods. Their enemy was not technology as such, it was the deployment of technology by capital in a way that devalued the power of labor.
    • A modern Luddism might be expected to turn its targets towards AI, or the heavily monitored working conditions of people Below the API. Or of course to social media, whose harmful effects on the social fabric are now universally recognized.
    • I made a very small effort to convince Meaningness that his anti-AI book should proudly call itself Luddite, but it didn't take.