AI Revolution 101
Pawel Sysiak

Great summary. However, how society reacts is more important than the technology. It will have a bigger effect on development than will any other factor. Economically, the history of the Industrial Revolution, and its headlong dive for workers into entire families (including children) working 16 hour days 6 days a week and barely being able to feed themselves is nearly identical to the trajectory (although much slower, commensurate with the slower pace of development) of the history of the Information Revolution (as it might eventually be called).

We are currently on our way back there, with wages from 1980 to 2010 rising 1% while between 1950 and 1980 they rose by 75% even though productivity gains since computers and automation technology entered the workplace has been astronomic. Only this time, ‘socialism’ is profanity and ‘speedup’ isn’t even in the lexicon any more. (I know, you probably don’t know that word. It was commonplace in the age of the New Deal that essentially gave every family a 600% raise overnight but has disappeared. It is the counterpart to ‘slowdown’ in the workplace. It is the expectation of more productivity from workers for the same wage. As slowdown is workers providing less productivity. ‘Speedup’ used to be seen as one of the most disgustingly immoral things an employer could do. Today we call it ‘business.’)

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