“Nothing good happens after midnight” is a phrase that might be taken with a grain of salt in light of recent research on the timing of human births. A seminal 1956 study, showed that the number of non-induced, vaginal births in US hospitals peaked between 1:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. and declined throughout the day.
The term “robot” first appeared almost 100 years ago with the publication of Rossum’s Universal Robots (R.U.R), a science fiction play by the Czeck writer Karel Čapek. The play, a critique of emerging mechanization, takes up themes present in Marx’s The Fragment on Machines ([1857–8]1974).
I came to know “ITAS Prvomajska,” a company in Northwestern Croatia that produces machine tools, through my contacts in the leftist activist scene in Zagreb. The story of this company is unique in Croatia: it is the only enterprise taken over by its workers after privatization, first by physically occupying the factory and then by obtaining ownership rights over the firm.