The technotariat is a collective noun describing automata, both hardware and software, which displace the traditional productive roles of the proletariat; i.e. robots which replace wage-earners. A member of such a class is a technotarian. The term stems from the Marxist word, "proletariat", which is used to name the social class that does not have ownership of the means of production and whose only means of subsistence is to sell their labour power for a wage or salary.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
The technotariat derives from two words, technology and proletariat, technology being the use of tools created for the purpose of easing labour. and the proletariat being the social class whom sells their labour for wages or salaries in order to survive.
Technostist theory[edit | edit source]
A technotarian can be defined as any technology that replaces the human worker in the workplace as long as that technology generates productive value, is owned by a human of the networking class, and possesses sentience but lacks sapience. Some technotarians can be placed in positions that were, in a pre-technostist economy, only held by owners of capital— the bourgeoisie. This is because technotarians are separate from artilects— artificially intelligent entities capable of sapience— and thus are not capable of exerting will or desire to own possessions and capital.
The technotariat is incapable of revolution due to its inability to desire freedom or ownership of the means of production. The existence of the technotariat is the primary difference between mutualism and technostism.
Due to these factors, the technotariat can be seen as the most revolutionary development in human history, part of a process that began with humanity's evolution as a tool-using hominid and ends with transhumanism and technostism. Because of this, humans will be freed from labour.