The Silicon Valley Solutionism offers, in the long run, an alternative to the welfare state as we know it nowadays. The basic principle of this view is that people should now deal with the effects of problems rather than their causes with the help of apps, sensors and feedback loops that are provided by the private sector instead of the public sector.
The evolution of this view is not difficult to foresee, as individuals will be encouraged to take responsibility for their actions with the help of these innovations: people can therefore monitor their health and the app alerts the person when emergency services are detected. Through this responsible behaviour numerous problems can be avoided in terms of ilness, unemployment and poverty.
How will algorithm and internet change society to the point that State won’t be needed anymore?
Interesting question !
I feel like what’s behind the welfare issue here is more about a step back from the State because of algorithm. So maybe we could reformulate as: “how will algorithm and internet change society to the point that State won’t be needed anymore?”
Regarding the idea behind the question:
I based my reasoning on a theory of Mozorov and Agamben that has been presented in the article entitled: Algorithmic Regulation: A Critical Interrogation by Karen Yeung.
I will add here the extract:
“For Morozov, Silicon Valley Solutionism bears four characteristics: First, deal with the effects of problems rather than their causes, preferably via internet-enabled apps, sensors and feedback loops – all provided by private sector start-ups – reflecting political assumptions in the logic of contemporary governing identified by Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben (Morozov 2013; Agamben 2013). Secondly, expand oversight and collect as much data as you can, thereby enhancing the power of regulators and increasing production of desirable outcomes, which is antithetical to the vision of the small libertarian state (O’Reilly 2013). Thirdly, encourage individuals to take responsibility for their own welfare, for example by maintaining their health via apps and digital platforms that monitor biometric indicators of health, and availing themselves of home sensing devices that automatically alert emergency services when threats are detected. Thus, more morally responsible individuals will utilise these technologies to improve their health, their personal security and their productivity, a logic that fits neatly with Foucault’s ‘governmentality’ through which the self-governing capabilities of individuals are brought into alignment with the political objectives of authorities, via the ‘responsibilisation’ of individuals, such that risks of illness, unemployment, poverty are regarded as matters for which the individual is responsible (Rose 2001; Lukes 2005: 91). Fourthly, individuals are best understood as entrepreneurs and the sharing economy as the new welfare state.”
Hello, the question would be the one in the title as it is shorter and straight-forward. In the description I tried to develop the question even further!
What is your question exactly ? The one in the title or the one above in the comment section ?
I find your question interesting, but the link between the new sharing economy and the welfare state is not obvious to me. Could you maybe precise your question ?
Many thanks in advance.