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Augmented Exploitation: Artificial Intelligence, Automation and Work

192 pages
$39.15 (CAD)

Artificial intelligence should be changing society, not reinforcing capitalist notions of work.

Artificial Intelligence is a seemingly neutral technology, but it is increasingly used to manage workforces and make decisions to hire and fire employees. Its proliferation in the workplace gives the impression of a fairer, more efficient system of management. A machine can't discriminate, after all.

Augmented Exploitation explores the reality of the impact of AI on workers' lives. While the consensus is that AI is a completely new way of managing a workplace, the authors show that, on the contrary, AI is used as most technologies are used under capitalism: as a smokescreen that hides the deep exploitation of workers.

Going beyond platform work and the gig economy, the authors explore emerging forms of algorithmic governance and AI-augmented apps that have been developed to utilise innovative ways to collect data about workers and consumers, as well as to keep wages and worker representation under control. They also show that workers are not taking this lying down, providing case studies of new and exciting form of resistance that are springing up across the globe.


What People Are Saying

"Brings together a range of unmissable views across the contemporary spectrum of technology-driven labour relations." Dr. Ivan Williams Jimenez, Policy and Development Manager at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, UK

"A path-breaking book offering unparalleled insights. Moore and Woodcock re-affirm their position as leaders in this field." Premilla D'Cruz, Professor of Organizational Behaviour Area, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA)


About the Author

Phoebe V. Moore is Associate Professor of Political Economy and Technology based at the University of Leicester School of Business and a Research Fellow at the Social Science Center Berlin (WZB). Her most recent book is The Quantified Self in Precarity: Work, Technology and What Counts (Routledge, 2018).

Jamie Woodcock is a researcher based in London. He is the author of The Gig Economy (Polity Press, 2019), Marx at the Arcade (Haymarket, 2019), and Working The Phones (Pluto, 2016). His research focuses on labour, work, the gig economy, platforms, resistance, organising, and videogames.