The Daily DeX 06/28/2019: Working For The Algorithm

"In managing worker behavior, boss programs will also manage our acceptance of AI as a new, more productive addition to the work experience. And in doing this they will ultimately teach us how to be managed by software."

A Society Without Slack Is A Society Of Telescreens

""Slack" captures all those little chances to get over without getting in trouble. To take advantage of slack is to stick it to The Man, to strike a blow for personal dignity, to get a little action on the side. At the heart of the opportunities provided by "slack in the system" is a simple moral principle: just because one schnook takes an opportunity to get a tiny bit ahead does not diminish some other schnook's chances of breaking off a nice piece for himself. Unfortunately, increased connectivity and processing power diminish slack over time, as well as over networks. More powerful computers and programs watch, track, optimize, analyze, and predict."

Centrism Is Dead, Which Means Centrists Are Zombies

"Particularly for younger voters for whom the appeal of capitalism is declining, "socialism" (as I've written in "What Young Voters Want When They Want Socialism") is short-hand for a less rigged and rapacious, more restrained and fair type of market economy than the brand that ascended with 80s-era Reaganism and Thatcherism and crashed with the 2008 Financial Crisis. In this light, critiques of 40 years of neoliberalism are serious challenges to centrists like Hickenlooper, Bennet, and Delaney. It’s the last conversation they want to have because they don’t even know how to have it now that Trumpism has slaughtered their sacred cows."