Mechanical slaves and the Californian ideology

Noted elsewhere, saved here for reference, from

Richard Barbrook and Andy Cameron, THE CALIFORNIAN IDEOLOGY

If human slaves are ultimately unreliable, then mechanical ones will have to be invented. The search for the holy grail of Artificial Intelligence reveals this desire for the Golem a strong and loyal slave whose skin is the colour of the earth and whose innards are made of sand. As in Asimov’s Robot novels, the techno-utopians imagine that it is possible to obtain slave like labour from inanimate machines. Yet, although technology can store or amplify labour, it can never remove the necessity for humans to invent, build and maintain these machines in the first place. Slave labour cannot be obtained without somebody being enslaved.

Read this and then think about Siri, Cortana, “Amy Ingram” and other long-suffering inanimate machines that we imbue so much personality into that some of us unknowingly flirt with a robot because we are so charmed by their devotion.