When German philosopher-economists Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx coauthored the Communist Manifesto in 1848, the First Industrial Revolution was pretty much done.
By then, machine tools and steam power had transformed the economy. Between 1800 and 1850, British textile manufacturers increased their use of cotton by 11 times.
But poor sanitation and increasingly crowded slums left the working class feeling dealt out of the rising prosperity. Today, it's the homeless, including many blue-collar workers who've lost their jobs to automation, who are experiencing similar sentiments.
The Communist Manifesto proposed that ultimately, capitalism would self-destruct, only to be replaced by socialism and then communism. According to Engels and Marx, that would bring true equality.
Well, it's 173 years later and capitalism is still entrenched in most countries amid great disparities in wealth.
Capitalism has also enabled Elon Musk, a former resident of Canada, to generate a net worth of US$151 billion, according to Forbes magazine.
So imagine this: his partner, Canadian musician Grimes, still thinks there's hope for the Communists.
In fact, she recently said on TikTok that the fastest path to communism is through the use of artificial intelligence.
Coincidentally, Musk is making great use of AI in trying to develop a fully self-driving Tesla car.
You can read a transcript of Grimes's remarks below:
"I have a proposition for the Communists. So typically most of the Communists I know are not big fans of AI, but if you think about it, AI is actually the fastest path to communism.
"So if implemented correctly, AI could actually theoretically solve for abundance.
"Like, we could totally get to a situation where nobody has to work—everybody is provided for with a comfortable state of being, comfortable living.
"AI could automate all the farming, weed out systematic corruption, thereby bringing us close as possible to genuine equality.
"So, basically, everything that everybody loves about communism but without the collective farm, 'cause let's be real, enforced farming is really not a vibe."
There you have it. A new Communist Manifesto for the 21st century. Now if only AI could solve the climate crisis. (Maybe that will be the subject of another Grimes TikTok video in the future.)