There seems to be a serious dissonance between contemporary Leftist writers and philosophers and the emergence of radical new technologies which will re-shape the way our political economy is structured. Hopefully, this is just due to my limited scope of spaces where I access Leftist writings, but everything I’ve seen on the subject of technological progression—trans-humanism, neurotechnologies, bio-genetics, cybernetics, etc.—have been restricted to vague hand-waving on the general theory on the subject (usually some archaic quotations from Marx).
The consequence is that it seems as though the current “debate” over futurist technology is dominated by scientists and engineers of the liberal-utopian mentality. For example, the whole transhumanist movement seems purely utopian, unwilling to reconcile technological progression with the capitalist super-structure that propels it—and which will surely incorporate technology into its framework of exploitation and hierarchies.
That’s the pessimistic view, anyway—but the one that I feel is the most likely outcome of the emerging bio-genetic revolutions and similar technologies. And pessimism is surely justified insofar as such technologies are dominated by a corporate economy, rather than one in which all knowledge is given to the public domain, where all growth is communized.
Just sayn’. Anyways….