In the past companies attempted to take the mind out of a human and instead treat them as just a body capable of doing repetitive processes, such as Ford’s assembly line technique. Now though, companies have begun to implement tracking devices on their workers in an attempt to quantify not just the physical aspects like before, but also their psychological ones. Moore and Robinson (2016) paper “The quantified self: What counts in the neoliberal workplace” show this to be bad as it increases competition and anxiety, but I argue this is simply a step we must take to advance our society.
For a long time there has been an established truth that for most companies their largest expense is labour. Now that automation has become a possible far cheaper solution, employers face the challenge of justifying having humans. The easiest way to do this is by having employees become as close to robots as possible. To do this tracking technology is a must so that companies can quantify things about humans that were previously unquantifiable. While it does have the negative affects to people seen in Moore and Robinson’s (2016) research, i believe this will only be temporary.
I believe the next step is that employers realise that humans are impossible to fully quantify. In line with @spidermmman argument that humans are self harming by always creating competition in things, I believe tracking is simply another version of that. But once we past this last hurdle, that is tracking, we can begin to put more effort into automation. Without experiencing that even tracked humans are worse than robots, I believe most companies would not be ready to switch to having most tasks automated, and thus tracking technology is a necessary evil. Once employers adopt the side of full automation it will free a large portion of humans from the typical job/career roles that we have been stuck in for ages. Once we can complete this I believe humans will then be able to make huge strides in all sorts of development. Thus I believe that tracking is simply a bad but needed step in humans advancement.