Electric Dreams of Welfare in the 4th Industrial Revolution: An Actor-network Investigation and Genealogy of an Algorithm

  • Ray GriffinEmail author
  • Tom Boland
  • Aisling Tuite
  • Aoife Hennessy
Part of the Prekarisierung und soziale Entkopplung – transdisziplinäre Studien book series (PSETS)


Digital interventions are re-constituting the state administration of the labour market, a set of changes that have rendered the social safety-net ever more precarious; not just work, but welfare is becoming precariatised by new forms of governmentality. Discussions about the fourth industrial revolution, big data, AI, algorithmic knowledge, neural networks and robotics has captured public debates about the future of work. However, it is equally concerning when democracies, the public realm and the state adopt these digital technologies in how they administer, govern and construct welfare processes.


Welfare delivery Algorithmic knowledge Control Ireland Oppression 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ray Griffin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tom Boland
    • 2
  • Aisling Tuite
    • 1
  • Aoife Hennessy
    • 1
  1. 1.Waterford Institute of TechnologyWaterfordIreland
  2. 2.Humanities OfficeWaterford Institute of TechnologyWaterfordIreland

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