Re: New Age Slavery

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:34 pm, #51
by Jessica
Still another flashback from the past. The term Robot is intimately tied to the original master and slave relationship. However, the new age slavery will probably have the relationship flipped around from how it was first conceived in the 1920s.

World Economic Forum
Are we expecting automation to give us modern day slaves?
25 May 2018, by Beth Singler [urlhttps://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/05/ai-slave ... -progress/][/url]
A variety of narratives underpin popular conceptions of AI, but one in particular – that of the dynamic between the master and the slave – dominates accounts of AI at the moment. This is so pervasive that it arguably shapes our relationship with this technology.

This narrative has long appeared in science fiction accounts of AI. In 1921, “R.U.R.” (“Rossum’s Universal Robots”), a play by Karel Čapek, introduced us to the “robot” – humanoid androids made of synthetic organic matter – and helped shaped this idea for modern audiences. From the Czech word “robota”, meaning “forced labour” or “serf”, these first robots were consciously stylised as slaves pitted against their human masters.
A scene from R.U.R.
Image: Wikimedia Commons

And so the uprising of the robots in R.U.R. was obviously influential on our repeating fears of “roboapocalypses”, as seen in other more recent science fiction accounts such as the films of the Terminator franchise, the Matrix, the film Singularity, the novel “Roboapocalyse”, and so on.