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Mark Andrejevic

Automating Capitalism

by Mark Andrejevic

The notion of “automation” in the abstract, unmoored from social relations, invites fantasies of a material world dedicated to the service of humans: homes that, unbidden, cater to our needs, factories that work for us, spaces that respond to us by opening doors, playing music, even catching us when we fall. Situated within contemporary social relations, however, concrete forms of automation come to look somewhat more dystopian...

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