A Manifesto for Optimism

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Reasons to be cheerful... or fearful?

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Aaron Bastani’s new book, ‘Fully Automated Luxury Communism’ explores the economic and productive possibilities of automation, AI and robotics; and challenges the fears of unemployment, wage cuts and living conditions that often accompany these future-oriented debates. Instead of the trepidation of new corporate technology, he is reasonably optimistic. Goods will become cheaper, energy will be more abundant, we will have more leisure time, equality and freedom. For him, this is an exciting example of a carefully planned and well-managed economy. Scientific Marxism has arrived.

But is such techno-optimism legitimate? Is this the end of exploitation or is it just business as usual with a bionic hand replacing the invisible one? Is this the beginning of a global era of liberty, or is freedom more than a technical exercise? Does Bastani’s vision mark the end of globalised neo-liberalism or the beginning of corporate supra-nationalism?

Speakers: Aaron Bastani (Novara Media), Professor Phil Cunliffe (author, "Lenin Lives! Reimagining the Russian Revolution"), Austin Williams (director, Future Cities Project) and Timandra Harkness ( presenter, Radio 4’s FutureProofing and author, Big Data: does size matter?).

This is a Battle of Ideas Satellite event. For information about the main Battle of Ideas Festival, visit: https://www.battleofideas.org.uk/battle-ideas-2019-tickets

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