Close contacts of the known type.

They have their reasons to hide them; or, at least, not to advertise them. The hard core of the (American) state is a very good customer, and it has its requirements. But a former Google search executive, Jack Poulson (retired in 2018), had the perseverance and patience to look for a stack of 30 million US government contracts, signed from …

Open sesame!

Some people thought that by wearing surgical masks they become unrecognizable. Maybe even invisible. To their friends maybe. But not to biometric technologies! The well-known Japanese NEC group developed and implemented facial recognition software even if the person is wearing a sanitary face mask. One of the group executives, Shinya Takashima, explained the beneficence of the invention: “Needs grew even …

p.c. labor

The so-called remote work (we have explained that we prefer the term “work from home”, in order to get rid of the propaganda of idyllic descriptions of the type “work at sunset on the beach” or “work from the Bahamas”…) has been set in concrete, sometimes compulsorily and sometimes voluntarily, chalked up to the naughty virus. This “change” has, justifiably, …

fuck the algorithm

In mid-August, thousands of high school students rallied in front of the education ministry of Her Majesty’s government. It deserves be considered the second authentic demonstration against the “brave new world” of the 4th industrial revolution. What was the cause? The ministry decided to make a leap into the future and replaced the final exams with which students are graded …

the reset

… the pandemic will accelerate innovation even more, catalysing technological changes already under way (comparable to the exacerbation effect it has had on other underlying global and domestic issues) and “turbocharging” any digital business or the digital dimension of any business. … With the pandemic, the “digital transformation” that so many analysts have been referring to for years, without being …

Labor is the target.

The measures taken (and will be taken) on the occasion of the pandemic have a huge impact on the economy in general and the labor market in particular. Rhetoric has it that in order lives to be saved, the economy must be sacrificed. “Human life above profits!” is the slogan; and concerns about whether states have anti-capitalist tendencies to protect us are manifested in the cafes of the friends of the working class. Unable to find an explanation for the “turn of states against their interests and profits”, they accept this turn as a contradiction and get rid of it; to get confused again afterwards, trying to criticize its management, asking for more protection measures and bonuses.

Let’s finish with digital immigrants!

Among other things, the provisions made for returning to schools this year include health examinations, “thorough cleaning”, gloves and masks, demarcation of space and time, tele-procedures and tracing protocols. One would say that there is no precedent in such a situation; and would be right. But like all great changes, this one has its history too. It doesn’t just happen, …

Automatic service quality

A rumor has it that at the peak of the “hot autumn” strike wave in northern italy, Agnelli, the owner of fiat, imagined, wished or wanted to hope for a completely automatic factory – without workers, strikes, conflicts, sabotage. Another rumor is that as the fight for $15 movement erupted in usa, some big food chain bosses began threatening to …

Education at the threshold of the 4th industrial revolution

The education system as we know it is only about 200 years old. Before that, formal education was mostly reserved for the elite. But as industrialization changed the way we work, it created the need for universal schooling. Factory owners required a docile, agreeable workers who would show up on time and do what their managers told them. Sitting in …