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Jeremy Rifkin: Intelligent technology and the future of human labour

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

Earlier this month, I spoke to Jeremy Rifkin about his new book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society. Our conversation ranged widely over many of the book’s central arguments, particularly those concerning the transition, driven by new information technologies, from a capitalist market economy to what Rifkin calls the “Collaborative Commons”. We ended with a brief discussion of the future of work. In the following guest post, Rifkin discusses in more detail the implications of the “wholesale substitution of intelligent technology for mass wage labour and salaried professional labour.”


Jeremy Rifkin

The wholesale substitution of intelligent technology for mass wage labour…

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