Understanding the Role of Technology in Capitalism as Both a Constructive and Destructive Process – Final Update

I am currently proofreading the final draft of my paper, and will be submitting it later today. Looking back to my original abstract, the final paper diverged some from what I originally expected it to be, particularly regarding insurrection. I did intend for this project to be somewhat exploratory though, so diverging from the original path isn’t entirely unexpected. In particular, this paper ended up being an exploration of accelerationism rather than technology backed insurgency, though with what I have learned this was likely for the best.

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ADS Ray Gun – Final Post

It’s been a busy summer — between my Monroe research and another internship I had this summer through William and Mary — but I learned a lot over the course of this project about ADS ray guns, as well as about the policy implications and ethical concerns surrounding the introduction of new military technology.

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Understanding the Role of Technology in Capitalism as Both a Constructive and Destructive Factor – Update 2

Since my last update, I have finished the math based portion of my research, and begun writing the final paper. I focused on Marx’s equation for the rate of profit, and was able to develop a substantial mathematical proof for the conditions under which the rate of profit will fall. I started by using basic calculus to find the change in the rate of profit over time. I found that, for a constant rate of surplus-value (which is often the case), the change in the rate of profit is proportional to the change in the ratio of variable capital (labor) to constant capital (machines and raw materials). While variable capital can only increase alongside constant capital due to the need for tools for workers to work with, constant capital can increase on its own through technological developments and maintenance costs. Due to competition driving capitalists to maximise efficiency, the rate at which variable and constant capital is change is one where the ratio of variable to constant will always decrease, causing the rate of profit to fall as well.

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ADS Ray Gun – Update 2

Welcome to my second research update!

The second half of my research was spent trying to discern the pros and cons of non-lethal weapon proliferation, specifically regarding ADS, the ray gun that leaves no trace and that none can withstand.

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