Automation, AI and Labour

@ganesh @myprostheticsoul @sreesreearul @demonshreder @akshay @jam @vaibhav.vaish @bhanukiran.perabathi @mohan

We want to study how technologies affect the working class and what kind of tools can be developed to held read the field?


A reading list of books that grounds on History of Work & Tools, and How current state of technology intertwines with the Labour exploitation is necessary. Based on such perspective the following list seems to be related :


  1. Book of Why
  2. Work - The last 1000 years
  3. Labour’s Mind
  4. Robotic Imaginary - Human and the Price of Dehumanized Labor
  5. Weapons of Math Destruction
  6. Uber Land
  7. Age of Surveillance Capitalism
  8. People Vs Tech
  9. How language informs Mathematics
  10. 21st Century Journalism in India
  11. Hello world
  12. Happiness was Hacked


  1. Automation for the Artisanal Economy
  2. Software, Infrastructure, Labor: A Media Theory of Logistical Nightmares
  3. Growth, Automation, and the Long-Run Share of Labor
  4. Economics of Social Data
  5. Changing Economics of Knowledge Production
  6. Of techno-ethics and techno-affects
  7. Bored Techies Being Casually Racist: Race as Algorithm
  8. Model Talk: Calculative Cultures in Quantitative Finance
  9. Towards a Cartography of the Commons


  1. Ethical OS
  2. ORCAA - Algorithm Audit
  3. Ad.Watch - Counter publics


  1. Social Dilemma


  1. Critical AI
  2. All - international mailing list for Critical AI Studies
  3. Public Books - Book lists and Podcast
  4. Institute of Public Knowledge
  5. Social Robot futures - Awakening to Realities of AI in Healthcare
  6. Center for Humane Technology


  1. Kavita Philip’s course on Robots are Coming : Technology, Work and Difference


While usually our technological skills are usually mapped on employment perspective, only recently a orientation towards acquiring skills that are really useful in addressing social issues is being learned, and practiced.

  1. To share and make interested participate in reading, learning and contributing (Trying out in Free Software Communities)
  2. To develop technological alternative that strengthens local labour/trade union associations
  3. To develop platform services as solution for working class, to critically observe, and make metrics that can actually address the problems, which has to be materialized as mathematical models and algorithms
  4. To learn how algorithms can influence social injustice in Indian Context (caste, gender, credit & class)

I would add this link, and the group possibly behind this for their way of thinking is akin to ours,

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I am about to finish the book “Hello World” by Dr. Hannah Fry. The book evaluates several case study conducted by institutions, scholars in University, as well as contemporary social phenomenon, and analyses the positives, limitations and potential problems for future from both the human perspective as well as algorthmic perspective. But the narration is more than that. At each and every point where one might think that humans would be better at doing something, the studies explain our fundamental limitations as biological being and supplements/extends our ability using machine or algorithm.

Also, never fails to describe the limitations, ownership nature of the algorithm and the downside of its rapid application over social problems - further creating super problems etc…

There are several important cases that needs to be noted. One such is the Experimental Music Intelligence. Since we have many times in the discussions around labour, nature of work, art, crafting, and the roll of machines/algorithm/automation in it… this is a interesting to take a look at, as it proves how platonic the effects are when a demonstration is performed.