I’d like to highlight one point, one that I’ve been pondering for a long time. There’s one area where machines — until they get sentient — can’t replace people (here from her response in comments):
only humans desire to consume in excess of basic living needs. Show me a robot that wants a Gucci handbag. Or a Shire horse that wants an iPad.
Or…an expert system or drill press that wants a massage. As she concludes the article:
Maybe capitalists DO need a large labour force. Their survival depends on it.
Which leads me, once again, to wonder why I’m not hearing a lot more people discussing Ed Lambert’s work on “effective demand” and its relation to labor’s share of income.
Cross-posted at Asymptosis.