Inhuman Labor


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In AI-capitalism the labor of the machine could be called – following Karl Marx’s theorization of the industrial revolution – inhuman labor. As in the industrial age, today’s inhuman labor in AI-driven industries such as finance, logistics, and, above all, web services, thrives only by extracting living, that is, human labor. Moreover, like back then, the more human labor it extracts, the more inhuman labor lives. In her “Silent Works” video talk Luise Meier tackles these largely invisibilized mechanisms, taking us on a tour of the dull, dangerous, and dirty routines of service work.

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