It’s that time again!
“Hamburg expects the world” is the headline of the Hamburger Abendblatt. At the first “World Congress” in Hamburg since the G20 meeting in 2017, refugees from Syria or Afghanistan are of course not expected, no, 12000 experts will meet from 11.10.-15.10.2021 in the Hamburg exhibition halls and the CCH to design a BEAUTIFUL NEW smart WORLD of the future; the focus is on “intelligent” traffic systems, autonomous driving, drones….
We don’t want that future. The supposedly climate-friendly, people-friendly, projects presented here are not to be had without total control and surveillance and are supposed to generate profits as always in capitalism and not too scarce (among other things by reducing the cost factor of workers* but also with all other tried and tested means of capitalism…). To mess up the algorithms, we sabotaged the control technology at the 10 km long test track with fire at three places. We also caused glass to break at FREENOW’s German headquarters on Neumühlen Street.
“Autonomous driving is our future” and for that we need a nationwide 5G mobile network says VW boss Diess, who has recently outed himself as a sympathizer of the party “The Greens”. VW subsidiaries Moia and WeShare are expected to bring in billions in sales in the future. Moia will begin test drives of robot cabs in the Hamburg districts of Winterhude, Uhlenhorst and Hohenfelde in early 2022. In 2025, several dozen autonomous buses are to be on the road. Transport Senator Tjarks with the Green Party wants thousands of autonomous buses, supposedly to push back individual traffic. But they would also have to be cheaper, he says. If at other places personnel are saved or costs on the shoulders of others are turned over, that can be furnished surely. The main thing is to make a profit.
In general, Hamburg’s politicians have a lot of plans:
Tjarks says: Hamburg wants to become Europe’s model city for digital electrified transport or also a model city for sustainable and innovative mobility. To this end, the Senate entered into “strategic partnerships” with the old hands VW, Daimler, BMW and Deutsche Bahn. For the last five years at the latest, the Hamburg Senate has been striving to implement various showcase projects in the field of mobility. Some of them will be presented in the course of the ITS: e.g. the autonomous S-Bahn from the station Berliner Tor to Bergedorf. The presentation of the already mentioned ridepooling/carsharing services like Moia and on-demand shuttles like IOKI (a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn). Then, of course, the HVV switch-app, which always offers you the cheapest (!) fares and fastest connections on your smartphone, accounts for them and documents your entire travel distances.
In order to involve the population (or perhaps rather the clientele), there will be a “public day” for the first time during the congress. In the exhibition halls, NDR presenter Dibaba will lead the program, and science journalist Yogeshwar will give talks. The tour in the driverless bus is hopefully cancelled. But at the port, however, there is the offer to marvel at drones of all stripes. Here, Deutsche Flugsicherung and its subsidiary Dronique operate a “real lab,” an area covering about ten square kilometers. At the port, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AL (HHLA) and the Hamburger Port Authority (HPA) use drone technology to maintain port facilities, among other things. One goal anyway is the fully automated port. For example, there are plans to use the Hyperloop technology driven by Elon Musk to have containers and the like race through the port on a magnetic levitation train in a tube. At the Altenwerden container terminal, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are already in use to transport containers without drivers. These projects, as well as the construction of autonomous ships, are supported by the Frauenhofer Center for Maritime Logistics. Workers on the East Coast of the USA are fighting against the use of “autonomous ships”.
Again, the Frauenhofer Institute: “The handling of maritime goods and their onward transport will be largely automated in the future through digitalization.”
Until the autonomous vehicles and systems are launched (and worldwide they are being worked on at full speed, with the ALPHABET subsidiary Waymo at the forefront, and clearly UBER), there is fortunately still a wide range of e-scooters (approx. 1500 in Hamburg), as well as 3500 car-sharing vehicles and vast numbers of e-scooters. Whether these offers bring about the supposed reduction of private car use, as predicted by very naive contemporaries, is more than questionable and controversial. And that’s not the point of anyone in this business anyway. Some of the biggest players in the market are Daimler’s German headquarters and BMW’s Free Now subsidiary. Two-thirds of all Hamburg cabs work for Free Now. The company also offers the use of e-scooters, e-mopeds, e-bikes and car-sharing. Free Now naturally participates in ITS and has, for example, been a major supporter of the Future Mobility Summit 2021 in Berlin.
What to do with all this information that surely only touches the surface? We are in the midst of a complete restructuring of the largest parts of capitalism and its industry. The implications, aside from the small show effects paraded before us at advertising events and other spectacles like ITS, are profound and are laying the groundwork for a new all-encompassing web of control. A green-painted, digital, autonomous capitalism is nothing more than an update of the same inhuman system that will always do business with the misery of human beings. Those who think it would be any relief or improvement for workers or even more ecological solutions are deluded.
Instead of autonomous robo-mobility FREE MOVEMENT for all refugees and prisoners!
Freedom for Lina and solidarity with the defendants in the “Antifa Ost” trial!
Freedom for Jan and all prisoners!
Solidarity greetings to the uncontrollable of Rigaer 94 and Köpi in Berlin.
The struggle against state and domination and capitalism remains analog handwork!