All the routine jobs

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Kate Bowles,
Music for Deckchairs,
Aug 29, 2017


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This is a lovely post that looks at the (unattributed) nature of routine work. It’s a bit like the art derived from Google book scanners, showing how the work of the invisible is essential to the product(s) we see today. And what happens when robots replace them, as Toby Walsh suggests they will? Will we end up with “fidget spinners of higher education,” asks Kate Bowles? “It’s not just the overblown claims made about their transformative potential by the vendors who are excited to sell them to us, but because of all the ways they normalise a particular body type, and in doing this prepare to humiliate any student who doesn’t fit the mould, literally.” Lovely.

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