Automation for Everyone

"If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against [collective ownership]."
—Stephen Hawking's final words to the internet
Free Machine is working toward an automated future that benefits everyone.

We believe that emergent, exponential technologies—like artificial intelligence, 3D printing, augmented reality, and blockchain—are already beginning to change how humans live, interact and thrive.

These technologies will continue to reshape society in our lifetimes. They will make the production and distribution of basic goods and services more efficient, potentially supplanting the need for human labor altogether.

Who will enjoy the privilege of this new era of machine-produced abundance? Like Stephen Hawking said: whoever owns the machines.

Exponential tech is coming fast. But society isn’t oriented, yet, toward ensuring that the next generation of machines benefits everyone and not just a lucky few. At Free Machine, we aren’t the engineers writing the code or the scientists tweaking the molecules. We’re entrepreneurs, artists, educators, wonks, here to help solve the other big problem: the socio-political one. We’re tackling this on political and cultural fronts.

Free Machine develops public policy and creative projects to shape a high-tech future that is equitable, abundant, and sustainable.

This vision requires us to act now. That’s why we’re working to: develop policies and pilot programs that will help ensure the ethical and equitable rollout of new technologies; connect with our local communities to reimagine civic engagement and strengthen our democracy; and tell stories about the abundant future, so that all of us can imagine ourselves thriving in it.

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Events
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March 24 @ Manny’s Collective (SF, CA)

Technology shapes society, and vice versa. The coming wave of AI-driven automation will profoundly alter our lives—but how? The future of work, free speech, the environment, social justice: what do these things have to do with technology, and how will the policy decisions we make today shape tomorrow? Perhaps more crucially, do we even know what we want that tomorrow to look like?

These are big questions, and Free Machine believes that each of us have a part to play in answering them.

We invite you to join us to play Future Perfect: A Postcapitalist Adventure: a choose-your-own-adventure game that explores our collective tomorrow, and how we get there.

At Future Perfect: A Postcapitalist Adventure, you’ll be on a neighborhood council of an imagined society, debating critical issues with your neighbors before casting your vote. What does the future hold? It’s up to you!

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