The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Stephen Hawking:
Robots COULD Help Everyone

Oct 26, 2015

The famous physicist Stephen Hawking recently answered a question about robots causing unemployment. He replied, “If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution.”

In other words, modern technology doesn’t take jobs. Unemployment is caused by the capitalists’ use of that technology, to maximize their profits by squeezing more out of each worker.

He’s absolutely right!