Stop being Poor! Alice Mary Hilton and 1960ies Cyberculture: Ending Poverty and Exploitation Through Automation

Elle Nerdinger

Alice Mary Hilton is something of a forgotten great mind championing automation to free humanity from labor and toil, to give us the time and leisure to work on what is important: Human cultural, ecologic, and economic progress for all. This talk is about her most important thoughts and ideas from the 20th century, that are very relevant today.

Alice Mary Hilton was born on June 18th, 1919, in Vienna. She studied classics and comparative literature, as well as mathematics, at the University of Oxford. She earned a PhD in electrical engineering at the University of California in LA, and also became a postdoc scholar at Sorbonne in Paris and Columbia University.

Her most interesting work was about what she called Cyberculture. Hilton called the "Cybercultural Revolution" the next big change for humanity since the Neolithic Revolution. Automation has the potential to free humanity from exploitative labor, repetitive tasks and unnecessary scarcity. She points to how humanity has progressed so far, that we ourselves do not have to sweat, in order to live in a house, have food on our tables, and live a fulfilling life.

Now, in the 21st century, it is a good idea to look back at how our technology was foreseen back in the day when it was still emerging. It is important to show how long social and economic equity have been a part of a different dream of how tech can actually really save our planet and humanity.