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    We are likely to have immersive virtual reality and ubiquitous augmented reality in the coming decades. At least some people will use extended reality or “the metaverse” to work, play and shop. In order to achieve the best possible versions of this virtual future, however, we will need to learn from three decades of regulating the Internet. The new virtual world cannot consist of walled corporate fiefdoms ruled only by profitmaximization. The interests of workers, consumers and citizens in virtu…Read more
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    Drawing from the traditions of participatory and economic democracy, this paper develops a normative framework to critique the anti-democratic structure of digital capitalist platforms. It does so in two ways. First, it offers an understanding of digital users’ activity as value-producing for digital capitalist firms. Second, it extends arguments in favor of workplace democracy to digital capitalist firms and their users. By building a case for participatory autonomy, this paper suggests that us…Read more
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    Owning the future of work
    In S. A. Hamed Hosseini, James Goodman, Sara C. Motta & Barry K. Gills (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Transformative Global Studies. pp. 388-400. 2021.
    This chapter focuses the future of work as it relates to automation, artificial intelligence, the gig economy, and the technologies that will emerge from the so-called “fourth industrial revolution.” The goal here is to analyze the ways in which our modern capitalist economy drives technological development and the ownership structures which are built into our economic and technological relations. Our current ownership structures point to a future of “precariatized” labor, leading to less stable…Read more
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    Technocapitalism, the Intangible Economy, and Economic Centralization
    Perspectives on Global Development and Technology 19 (1-2): 32-44. 2020.
    The aim of this article is to analyze the underlying economic structures which have led to the rise of the tech giants. In their book Capitalism without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy, economists Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake outline the four fundamental features of the technocapitalist (or what they consider the intangible) economy. Key to the emerging intangible economy, they suggest, are the four “S’s” of this new form of capitalism, viz., scalability, sunkenness, synergies,…Read more
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    Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and the God/Useless Divide
    Perspectives on Global Development and Technology 16 (6): 700-716. 2017.
    Automation, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology have become topics of increasing interest in both academia as well as in popular media. The goal of this article is to establish which issues are the most pressing, and what are the underlying causes of the rise of robots. I demonstrate that fears of automation are well supported by current trends of automation as well as the inherent tendency within a capitalist system to automate at the expense of workers and working wages. Additionally, I…Read more