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"The 2020s are set to be a decade of dramatic economic and social upheaval, reversing many of the trends of the past 40 years, according to one of the world's largest banks. Key points: ...Read More
It makes perfect sense to me that young well-off people would seek out a platform like this. They want the alt DIY venue but they don't know where to find it or they are scared of being rejected. Paying to feel like you're part of something is so much easier. "At a recent Sofar Sounds show, I looked around and wondered if this is really what people want now: seamless, curated social experience. To see shows in coworking spaces and Ray-Ban stores and white-walled coffee shops. If this is truly where mainstream culture is headed, there’s comfort in how universally ...Read More
Unfortunately social care innovation and investment just doesn't sound as sexy as sending rockets to space or self driving cars; whilst one can argue progress in both areas are equally as important to human development and sustainability. No doubt the top down profit driven care sector has in part driven ...Read More
Is the subsidisation of companies such as Uber and Wework simply aimed at monopolising markets and driving down labor costs before Venture Capitalists can exit at huge profits by dumping on retail? I personally see the gig economy as having positive and negative consequences for the labor force, but it is hard to ignore concerns over how these organisations are being constructed run and their relationships with workers. ...Read More
"When you buy an album, some of that money goes directly to the artist. But with streaming, the royalty breakdown works very differently: Subscription dollars go into one big pool and are doled out to artists based on how many times their songs are streamed across a given service. So ...Read More
88% of sound engineers and producers are asked to work for free. 42% of participants reported doing ‘on spec’ work ⁠— meaning they’re only paid if the client ‘liked the work.’ „Of course, people will do favors for friends, but it’s completely unacceptable for record labels and commercial studios to exploit professionals in this way. We don’t employ someone to put in a new bathroom and then decide to pay them if we feel like it.” ...Read More
"In today’s world of what Markovits calls “meritocratic inequality,” these highly skilled workers are not merely productive and desirable employees; they have come to dominate the rest of society from their perches in finance, tech, medicine, the law. (He calls them “superordinate workers,” as in, not subordinate—Young isn’t the only ...Read More
"Think of content moderation right now and how it’s sensationalized as something horrific and terrible to do. From the perspective of the workers, it’s a job. And it’s a job that actually takes quite a bit of creativity and insight and judgment. The problem is that the work conditions don’t ...Read More
Slavery, the argument goes, was an inefficient system. The use of enslaved labor has been presented as premodern, a practice that had no ties to the capitalism that allowed America to become a leading global economy. This is untrue. Slavery, particularly the cotton slavery that existed from the end of (People who applaud the achievements of economic growth tend to omit the fact it was achieved off the back of exploitation like this) ...Read More
When Gordon Moore first projected the growth of “components per integrated function”, he put the doubling period at just about one year. This leads to expectations that this growth can be matched in other sectors of the economy… a category error based on a misunderstanding of fundamental biophysical realities. Modern (For those who haven't read it, Aaron Bastani's Fully Automated Luxury Communism pretty much depends on the idea that we can get exponential growth Moore's Law style across a bunch of sectors in order to achieve post-work, post-scarcity society before the planet implodes.) ...Read More
A very clear and concise argument for the other-than-human and the many worlds... “Could understandings of multiple agencies and more-than-human entanglements and kinships challenge a dominant mode of worlding—what Isabelle Stengers calls ‘a hegemonic machine’ that reduces nature to a resource ?” ...Read More
“Material or energy dematerialisation is simply not enough. It must be accompanied by an economy built on care and responsibility, rather than profit, growth and self-interest if it is to have any long-term impact. This is a small but absolutely crucial step towards attaining the authentic desires for sustainability that ...Read More
"Of Strings and Kings is a set of musical compositions written for strings and machine learning algorithms. The AI duet accompaniment to the essay will serve as an aesthetic counterpart corresponding to the subjects of each chapter."