Faced with the might of surveillance capitalism, one’s first reaction might be to despair and declare the battle lost. But we’re not done yet. In fact, there’s a lot we can do to tame the surveillance beast, both at the personal and political levels.
There is an urgent need for resource-conserving, smart, emission-neutral production processes. But as the supply of steady employment weakens, a highly competitive labour market and a restricted welfare state would dismantle democratic achievements and enhance authoritarian trends.
Transhumanism presents itself as a utopia. It promises advancement and progress beyond imagination. However, the question is: Whose utopia would this be?
Understanding how the world of work is changing, and in whose interest, is the key political question of the future.