You can’t “protest” against Taskrabbit, against Uber, against drones. The conditions of the conversation are binary: you’re either in, or you’re out. Ultracapitalism, ultrahistory, a complete system.
Taskrabbit, Uber, drones, high-frequency trading, austerity, and this: the natural endpoint of algorithmic capitalism. Cheap humans. Just-in-time people. A generation inside the machine, so drunk and indebted that it will be their lasting fame. An airbnb of the flesh. Impersonate the machine.
This nicely sums something that has started to bother me in today’s tech industry—an entitled, Ayn Rand-ian belief in the right to “disruption” as an absolute value, a tendency to paint authorities who question the methods of brash entrepreneurs as corrupt obstructionists, and an arrogant insistence on the ability of technology to solve society’s problems. I love ideas that revolutionize industries by freeing up excess capacity in the world, but there’s something a bit creepy and unsettling about how little some seem to be concerned about the human factors of what they’re building. I was only half joking on Twitter when I said “We’ll know the “Sharing Economy” has truly arrived when “Law & Order: SVU” does their inevitable Airbnb/TaskRabbit/Lyft episode.”