I am a manufacturing engineering technician living in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio.
This line of work has afforded me an opportunity to witness first-hand the technological transformation of manufacturing processes. For me this subject is more than academic; my livelihood has depended on adapting to these changes. Over the course of my career this has basically involved the introduction of computer numerically-controlled machinery (CNC), the advent of stereolithography (3D printing) and additive machining, and the general computerization of the shop floor. These changes led to increased efficiency and the ability to produce more with less workers. It is natural for someone in my position to muse over where all this technological change is ultimately taking us.
This website sprang from a conversation in the lunch-room at work one day. We were discussing an article in MIT Technology Review about robots replacing human workers and someone asked a typical blue-collar question, “If they replace us all with robots, who is going to buy their stuff?” I began to wonder what would happen not only to the workers, but to the entire capitalist system if things got to this point. This website reflects what I have found, or better, what I am still finding.
I see that technology will soon bring profound changes to our social structure. At the same time I see much misunderstanding and confusion about these issues, even among so-called experts. I feel a responsibility to contribute something to this debate. My aim is to popularize the subject and to make the discussion more inclusive. These changes will affect all of us; we should all have a voice in how we proceed.
My unique focus is on the question of whether the proposition of historical materialism is of value in studying and understanding the social changes effected by these new disruptive technologies. This is a complex subject and there are many prerequisite sub-topics to understand it fully. A website like this seemed the best vehicle for its presentation.
Thank you for visiting.