A new article in the The National includes reference to Dr. Karen Gregory’s recent talk at the STUC Youth Conference, which took place in Clydebank on July 1st.

“At the weekend I heard a presentation by Edinburgh University sociologist Dr Karen Gregory. It was addressed specifically to young trade unionists and I found it exceptionally illuminating, helping me give form to vague ideas I’d had and also giving me new insights I’d never thought of before.

Her point is that automation, in the robotic sense, is important, and yes, it does change things. However, the most publicised claims about the subject are getting it wrong. The likely trend isn’t towards the rise of the robots and mass unemployment. Instead, it’s about data. Automated data services are likely to drive a new managerialism, geared not to replacing workers but towards quantitative assessment of their performance.”

http://www.thenational.scot/comment/columnists/16328421.how-the-left-must-respond-to-the-real-automation-crisis/?ref=twtrec

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