The Four Horsemen
I’m surprised that everybody seems to know about this unnerving film documentary called The Four Horsemen but me. I only came across it today, even though it covers many of the issues addressed in The Chrysalis and the earlier Dark Age Blog. In fact, I don’t think The Four Horsemen actually has covered the half of it (well, maybe the half of it).
Nonetheless, I highly recommend everybody watch this video.
One can quibble with its conclusions on the need for a reformed free market Capitalism (which actually sounds more like anarcho-socialism rather than reformed Capitalism). There’s a certain irony in the conclusion of the film that since Capitalism has been reformed in the past, then it can be done again. Yet, we’ve ended in much the same place once again. So, when are we finally going to be done with “reform”? At least the film recognises the systemic and structural nature of the present crisis.
What The Four Horsemen does not say: Artificial Intelligence (robotics) has reached the stage where mass occupational substitions have become feasible, and are even now beginning. Hundreds of job categories are about to disappear, and this at a time of record private and public debt. No need, I think, to go into the implications and consequences of that (just to add to the current problems of climate change and financial crisis). While the film addresses the debt problem, it leaves unmentioned the implementation of large scale automation. All this amounts to, if you will pardon the expression, a perfect ShitStorm in the making. And yet, few seem to be talking about that at all.
Anyway, here’s The Four Horsemen — for your viewing enjoyment…