There’s been a lot of recent debate on mass automation and mass surveillance – questions on automation taking away jobs and surveillance killing our privacy have assumed center stage, yet again. It’s not a new debate.
The truth is that while these may seem like modern day issues, questions about mass automation and mass surveillance have existed for the last few centuries. The debate has transcended ideological boundaries, disciplines, and even reality – with literary luminaries like George Orwell writing fictional accounts of the role of surveillance in the future. Even philosophers like Karl Marx questioned the role of mass industrialisation (automation) in the 1800s when the world was on the brink of the industrial revolution – writing about its impact on politics, society, and people.
We take a look at the arguments – both for and against the two issues, as well as examine the prospects of both mass automation and mass surveillance in the Post-COVID world.