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It depicts a moral story of good v evil throughout, but when translating that to the characters in the story, there is a clear group of “bad guys” whom the book depicts as the super-rich who all belong to a kind of “Hegemonic club”, who they control every aspect of everyone's life, but there are no clear “good guys”, so you are left to assume they are the common everyday people who's jobs are replaced by the robots. Although, the robots are produced by a family man of good principle who seems to be sympathetic and concerned about the impact of his company's product on the common people and the world. The ideas are very intertwined into, and parallel the current political systems, which are shaped in the future by the advent of autonomous human-like robots. The book's take on the economy seems to indicate future political systems will have serious impact on economics in such as way that it radically changes the relationship between the usual sides of labor vs management.
The story spans many subjects and the author seems to have a pretty good grasp on the ideas portrayed. The part describing the elitists, or “the minioned” as McCollum calls them, is very political and leans toward the anti-establishment sentiment which is rife on the internet. It is done very well and describes the social dynamics likely to play out pretty vividly when corporate industry turns to the use of machine labor to replace us. It sounds a lot like where current industries seem to be heading now. The book is definitely technical at points, so it might take some time reading, but well worth it in the end. You could read it a few times over and still learn new ideas. 5 stars!