Capitalism and Automation: Revolution in Technology and by Ramin Ramtin

By Ramin Ramtin

The pc has already revolutionized many features of our operating lives. How a long way has this revolution but to run? Will human labour not be wanted sooner or later? And if that is so, what is going to be the impact at the improvement of our society? Ramin Ramtin explores those questions in his learn of the pc. He considers how the micro-chip may possibly finally have repercussions that transcend easing the workplace work-load and argues convincingly that technological swap will impact our political in addition to our monetary structures. Marxian conception is used to provide an explanation for the character and personality of expertise and problem conventional assumptions in regards to the use of expertise. the idea of capitalist breakdown is explored and multiplied upon inside of this context.

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The Industrial Revolution was motivated by this social imperative; so, for that matter, was the continuing advance of mechanization, and now the great stride towards automation. The 'dominance' of technology, which is inherent in the production relations of capitalism, is undoubtedly socially fabricated and determined. But the beauty of it (for capital) is that this 'dominance' is actually built into the very framework, structure and mode of operation of production itself. The postulate of technological determinism springs from capital as a social relation that projects and functions through the increasing objectification of the 'labour' process.

E. technical) subjugation and control of living labour. Here the process of objectification and the result of that process, technologies, are more specifically geared towards such goals. rmlne the basic functional principles of technologies, and are critical features incorporated into the actual design of their technical make-up. This, as we shall see, is clearly evident, and of particular Significance, as regards the development of automation technologies, which through their technical functioning impress their specific social aspect as capital.

42 Now let us look at the N/C's central technical characteristic and see to what extent, if at all, this corresponds to the social conditions of capital production and accumulation at the time. Control devices in relation to machine-tools did not begin with the N/C. Such devices were introduced as early as the mldnineteenth century. The turrel lathe, for example, was able to 'memorize' a number of tasks, but with manual sequenclng. Some mechanical sequencing was introduced later, at the end of the nineteenth century, by the use of cams, rclays and switches (as we have already seen).

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