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AI & Capitalism

The True Power Struggle

By Mohammad HammashPublished 3 months ago 5 min read
AI & Capitalism
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By now, most people have heard of the far-reaching implications of artificial intelligence (AI) on our economy and society as a whole. From algorithms that reshape the way businesses interact with customers to intelligent machines that can make decisions in a fraction of the time it would take a human, AI has changed the landscape of our world. But what about the effects of AI on capitalism? How has AI fundamentally altered our economic system, and what effect it is having on the struggle between the 1 percent and the 99 percent?

Decoding Capitalism

In order to understand the implications AI has on the economic tug-of-war between the rich and the poor, we must first understand what capitalism is. Capitalism is an economic system based on the premise of free markets, meaning that prices and wages are determined by freely-trading buyers and sellers. It's a system of supply and demand, with the aim of every participant to maximize their own personal gain.

Capitalism has led to incredible inventions and technological advances, but it also has its drawbacks. Its emphasis on the accumulation of money, capital, and power and its reliance on individual responsibility lead to inequality and a power struggle between the wealthy few and the destitute many.

AI’s Impact on Capitalism

AI has the potential to shift the balance of power in the capitalist system. AI is quickly becoming the driving force behind economic decision-making, and its ability to analyze vast amounts of data and make decisions in a fraction of a second has resulted in a system where some of the wealthiest and most powerful companies can further their interests, while the most vulnerable are left to suffer the consequences.

A perfect example of AI’s influence is in the area of algorithmic trading, which relies on AI to make decisions about trading stocks and bonds at lightning speed. These decisions can have major implications for the stock market, with one flawed decision having the potential to wipe out billions of dollars in a matter of minutes. In addition to algorithmic trading, AI is also being used in the banking, healthcare, and energy industries, to name a few.

AI has also had an impact on our daily lives. Instead of having to make decisions based on our beliefs and values, we can now leave it to AI algorithms to make decisions for us. This has led to a shift in the way people perceive markets, leading to more reliance on algorithms and automation and less on human expertise.

Finally, AI is furthering the gap between the wealthy and the poor, as those with the knowledge and resources to build and control AI systems can use their power and influence to shape markets, businesses, and governments for their own gain.

A Glimpse Into the Future

So, what does the future of AI and capitalism look like? Will we continue to see a disparity between the rich and the poor? Or can we use AI to create a more equitable system? To answer these questions, we must first understand the current implications of AI on the capitalist system.

AI is bringing about fundamental changes to the way businesses operate, from the way we interact with customers to the way in which decisions are made. It has the potential to shift the balance of power between the wealthy few and the destitute many, giving the wealthy even more control over markets and resources. At the same time, AI can also be used to make business decisions that are more equitable and beneficial to society as a whole.

The Power of Human Expertise

Furthermore, AI cannot completely replace human input and expertise - as it depends on humans to create, develop and control it. And this is where we can find hope that capitalism can still be modified to become more equitable.

By educating the public on the implications of AI and harnessing the power of technology, we can create a system that serves the many and not just the few. We can use AI to help us gain understanding of complex social media networks, and use this to identify the root causes of poverty and inequality, and develop strategies for eradicating them.

We can also use technologies such as blockchain and smart contracts to create more secure, transparent and decentralized economies, allowing for more equitable access to resources and opportunities.

Finally, we can use AI to create more equitable business models, allowing for more sustainable and responsible development in all markets.


AI has the potential to be a powerful tool that can revolutionize the way we do business. It can be used to automate mundane tasks and reduce costs, shift the balance of power in our economic system, and give us complete control over our own data and decision-making.

But it is also important to be aware of the potential pitfalls of AI, and how it can be used to further entrench inequality and affect our democracies. By recognizing its potential benefits and risks, we can use AI to optimize our economic systems and create more equitable, sustainable and responsible markets.

As the great African American philosopher W.E.B. Du Bois once said, “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.” In the 21st century, we face a new challenge: the problem of the power line. AI has the potential to be a game-changer in the power struggle between the 1 percent and the 99 percent, and how we harness this power could shape the future of our world.


Topics included: AI, Capitalism, Algorithmic Trading, Wealthy Few, Destitute Many, Human Expertise, Blockchain, Smart Contracts, Power Struggle, W.E.B. Du Bois, Color Line, Power Line.

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Mohammad Hammash

Web search lover🔍 & bookworm📚. Passionate about innovation💡, creativity🎨. Seeking new ideas & perspectives🌉. Making positive impact using tech🌍 humanity💕

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