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Employers using AI to snoop on employees

This startup is using AI to give workers a “productivity score”

Great, yet another way for our employers to look over our shoulders. There's a company near here who tracks the number of keystrokes an employee enters per hour. I would live in a cardboard box on the street before working for that type of company.

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The Abolition of Work

The Abolition of Work

To abolish work requires going at it from two directions, quantitative and qualitative. On the one hand, on the quantitative side, we have to cut down massively on the amount of work being done. At present most work is useless or worse and we should simply get rid of it. On the other hand — and I think this the crux of the matter and the revolutionary new departure — we have to take what useful work remains and transform it into a pleasing variety of game-like and craft-like pastimes, indistinguishable from other pleasurable pastimes except that they happen to yield useful end-products. Surely that shouldn’t make them less enticing to do. Then all the artificial barriers of power and property could come down. Creation could become recreation. And we could all stop being afraid of each other.

There are some very thought provoking ideas in this essay.

Challenge idiocy

Over the past month, I have been the victim of someone else's shortsighted and inefficient thinking. We should never be afraid to challenge those who are clearly doing something the wrong way, even if it's uncomfortable.

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Red flags

When a company's retirement materials say "Live to work now so you can work to live later", run far, far away.

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Do it at home

I'm not OK with people assembling a fully balanced breakfast at the office. Your house has a kitchen; use it.

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