Category Archives: The Glass Cage
From a report on a prototype of a self-driving tractor-trailer developed by Daimler as part of its Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 project: For Daimler, the truck driver of the future looks something like this: He is seated in the cab … Continue reading
Google’s Android guru, Sundar Pichai, provides a peek into the company’s conception of our automated future: “Today, computing mainly automates things for you, but when we connect all these things, you can truly start assisting people in a more meaningful … Continue reading
A couple of months ago, in the post “The Myth of the Endless Ladder,” I critiqued the widespread assumption that progress in production technology, such as advances in robotics and analytical software, inevitably “frees humans up to work on higher-value tasks,” … Continue reading
David Graeber observes: It used to be that Americans mostly subscribed to a rough-and-ready version of the labor theory of value. Everything we see around us that we consider beautiful, useful, or important was made that way by people who … Continue reading
In a series of rhapsodic tweets, venture capitalist Marc Andreessen imagines a world in which robots take over all productive labor: All human time, labor, energy, ambition, and goals reorient to the intangibles: the big questions, the deep needs. Human nature … Continue reading
Here’s what The Glass Cage will be looking like when it drops on Sept 29. Wear gloves. Cover design by Pete Garceau.
The U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research is funding an effort, by scientists at Tufts, Brown, and RPI, to develop military robots capable of moral reasoning: The ONR-funded project will first isolate essential elements of human moral competence through theoretical and … Continue reading