chapter  Chapter 9
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‘Intelligent capitalism’ and the disappearance of labour

Whitherto education?
WithZhao Wei, Michael A. Peters

This speculative chapter enquires into the discourse of the ‘end of labour’ or ‘disappearance of labour’ as a result of the development of ‘intelligent capitalism’ clearly seen in ‘intelligent manufacturing’ systems that are now pursued and developed as Industry 4.0 strategy in East Asia, Germany and others parts of the world. When ‘intelligent capitalism’ becomes the norm rather than the exception, what happens to labour as a factor of production, and what happens to economy and society based on capital and labour? The paper briefly reviews the sociology of labour from a Marxist view to examine conceptions of Fordist and post-Fordist capitalism and explore the advent of ‘intelligent capitalism’ to pose the question concerning education.