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      Playing Ourselves into Feudalism: The Politics and Ethics of Playful Automation

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      Politics of the Machines - Art and After (EVA Copenhagen)

      Digital arts and culture

      15 - 17 May 2018

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          Automation is everywhere. We fear the robots, but it is in fact a more insidious kind of automation, driven by algorithms and presented in a playful way, that is slowly corroding the social fabric. This “soft automation”, the use of algorithms to eliminate semi-skilled white-collar jobs, is transforming services into self-services, and killing the middle class as a result of it.

          There is a lot of concern over automation (Vallor, 2014). From the future of work in the face of disappearing jobs (Srnicek and Williams, 2015) to the fear of an AI planet (Bostrom, 2016), we are witnessing a revolution across labor: in the way it is organized, rewarded, and eliminated. We should be afraid of automation. Not only of the robots that will deprive factories from human jobs that require skill and expertise but not an academic education, but also of the quotidian, mundane forms of automation we are silently letting take hold of our daily life.

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                May 2018
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                [1 ] IT University of Copenhagen

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                © Sicart et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA Copenhagen 2018, Denmark

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                Politics of the Machines - Art and After
                EVA Copenhagen
                Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark
                15 - 17 May 2018
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Digital arts and culture
                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
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