Technology

Financial Fictions: SPACs, NFTs, and Cryptocurrencies

In recent years, there has been a spate of new fictions in the casino world of financial speculation. Marxist economist Michael Roberts discusses these technological developments and how when the financial markets go belly up, the digital damage will be exposed.

Google’s New Union Is a Historic Moment for Labor

Workers at Google’s parent company, Alphabet, publicly launched a “minority union” this week. They remind us that the power of the working class is not given to us by the state — an organized faction of tech workers can now disrupt commerce and make demands, whether or not the National Labor Relations Board says they can.

Man holds sign that says "No on Prop22"

California Prop 22: Major Blow to Gig Workers and Entire Working Class

Yesterday, in a major blow to gig workers, California passed Prop 22. The measure allows companies like Lyft and Uber to continue classifying their employees as contractors, denying millions of gig workers rights to health insurance and a livable wage. We must demand full employment rights to all workers, and resist the “Uberization” of the economy.

On Neuralink: Elon Musk, Neurodevices, and Their Implications

In typical Elon Musk fashion, the tech entrepreneur recently unveiled Neuralink, a neurodevice, that according to Musk, could go as far as merging human consciousness with artificial intelligence. Neuroscientist Steven Rose shares his assessment on Musk’s device.