Wednesday, July 8, 2009

so what is a machine?

The prime difference therefore between the tool and machine lie in the fact that in the former a skilled human operates to use the tool to effect some task, while in the later, there is no skilled labour at ll, that is all carried out by the machine, all the worker does it power and supervise. A human is therefore the fodder , the power which drives the machine (pedals, or stocking up the boiler) and the eye that regulates. Nothing about the, not their education or the families matters, There are a mere muscle and and eye, an can always be reacted by such. They need make little or no excutive decision, they are merely following a siere of tasks, or watching for a set number of things. All nnvdiaivaulity and cetainy all skill is theroefr stripped out of the human altogether.

This move has at least 2 immediate effects, and one assumption
i) the relationship between a worker and their job is challenged. On the one hand they cannot own it, or value themselves for it at all. There is no value in what they do a machine or performing monkey can do. on the other hand jobs ceases really to be a singular task The worker who enact it, and hook into it, the eyes, and the muscles are not people, Their effect is therefore not really in the here and now of their tasks, but rather eddies across the entire process. A worker might loose their own value,and yet as a part in a system, a part whose action reflect the entire, who knows what values lie there?
2) the relationship between the mind and the product change. A machine in a sense reveals thought in the process of being thought. A task of the mind is broken down and aped into a series of separate tasks, a series of occupations. to think is then built into the reacting, the skilled machine. Thoughts become a thing to build within the world. Though is therefore not merely judged in the effects it has upon the world, it is directly represented in a series of machines, all of which represent some ones thought at some point, somewhere in the system.

Together then these two might be enough to build a different human: One hat needs not value their own task,and feel themselves gathered into a greater domain of thinking.
And yet there is a draw back: The assumption in all of this is that such thoughts are possible. that is that there can be a machine which gathers all live into it, as a series of routine mechanic tasks Maybe humanity is not quite so simply dissolved into a great machinic brain? Maybe individual process of reacting and responding, of skill always still matter: Maybe then thought will not go away so readily. If this is the case then one might never reach the utopia of communisms, and might be stuck in the partial dystopia of skilled labour...

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