Post-automation: report from an international workshop

Smith, Adrian, Fressoli, Mariano, Galdos Frisancho, Melina and Moreira, Arthur (2020) Post-automation: report from an international workshop. Discussion Paper. Science Policy Research Unit, Brighton.

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Abstract

The purpose of this report is to share lessons from an international research workshop dedicated to post- automation. Twenty-seven researchers from eleven different countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe, met at the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University on 11-13 September 2019, where we discussed empirical research papers and explored post-automation in group activities. We write this report primarily for researchers, but also for activists and policy advisors looking for more imaginative approaches to governing technology, work and sustainability in society, compared to those dominant agendas adapting automatically to the interests behind automation.
The report is structured as follows. Section two introduces the workshop topic and papers presented, and which leads into two related areas that became a focus for discussion. First, some challenges in the foundations
of automation theory (section three). And second, post-automation as a more constructive proposition to the challenges of automation, and that is happening right now (section four). Section five summarises some key points arising from the workshop, based on empirical observations from the margins of digital technology development, and that give both a flavour of the workshop and help elaborate the post-automation proposition. Some analytical and strategic themes are discussed in section six. We conclude in section seven with proposals for a post-automation agenda.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Discussion Paper)
Keywords: Post-automation, automation, industry 4.0, democracy, digital
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Adrian Smith
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2020 06:52
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2020 06:52
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/90735

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