Summer CS Forums: Social security and automation; Richard Murphy on a Green New Deal for Scotland
Everyone is agreed the fourth industrial revolution will fundamentally change society and the economy – but how can Scotland adapt to it?
COMMONSPACE editor Ben Wray speaks to technology writer and engineer Craig Berry about his new report for Common Weal on automation, Disruptive Technologies: The Impact on Workers in Scotland.
Automation and other disruptive technologies are rapidly entering the global economy and could threaten up to 30% of jobs in Scotland by 2030. If we are to deliver an economy which is sustainable and inclusive of both people and technology, then we must focus on how we rebalance away from the current neoliberal model towards an investment-led growth model so that we can live in a world where the benefits of machines are felt by all people in our society; we just need to build the institutions which allow that.
The wealthiest one per cent are personally responsible for 40 per cent of global carbon emissions
A NEW report by the bank UBS shows the billionaire class grew 20% richer in 2017, making 1.4 trillion, more than the GDP of Spain.
In this video, CommonSpace editor Ben Wray explains why if we continue to allow a global plutocracy to accumulate ever more power, we are heading for social and ecological catastrophe.
We have two possible futures - either a plutocratic climate dystopia, or a socialised climate revolution.
Craig Berry, engineer and author of Common Weal reports on energy and space policy, says the report published by the Scottish Government and STUC last week on automation misses the mark – only by democratising artificial intelligence can the gains of technological change be accrued to the many
IN the 1960s, it was debated whether tankers would be replaced by robots. Through technical euphoria, it seemed a matter of time before tankers simple activity would be taken over by a mechanical successor, which would result in significant savings.
A new report by STUC and the Scottish Government has examined the impact automation will have on the Scottish labour market
IT IS “very difficult to tell” whether technological change will lead to a major disruption of employment in Scotland, but it is likely to increase inequality, a new report by the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) and Scottish Government has found in a report to coincide with the beginning of STUC annual congress.
Writer Craig Berry outlines his vision for a solution to the challenges of automation making workers redundant and the funding of a universal basic income
OXFAM this week revealed that the wealth generated by society has continued to bubble to the top one per cent.
However, the top one per cent are facing an impending disaster; the rise of automation. Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg - all are members of the one per cent, all benefited from neoliberalism, and all advocate the creation of a universal basic income (UBI).
Autonomy aims to address the uncertainty of work in the modern era
AUTONOMY, a new dedicated think tank comprised from a multidisciplinary array of researchers and experts in political economy and critical theory, has been launched to address the “crisis of work” faced by contemporary society.
Electrical design engineer Craig Berry says it's essential to consider the role of a universal basic income as technology changes society
IF you've ever seen the film The Godfather, you will see Don Corleone, among other characters, use the line: "Make him an offer he can't refuse." What this refers to is making a deal with someone that can’t possibly say no to because it may mean their certain death.
CommonSpace columnist Calum Miller outlines how artificial intelligence and automation will change life as we know it
WHILE thinking about the future impact of automation and artificial intelligence (AI), I was struck by an odd sensation of deja vu: wasn’t all this invocation supposed to destroy our jobs 30 years ago?