Are automation, robotics engineering and artificial intelligence a threat to workers' rights? Or do these developments show that a post-capitalist and post-work society is on the horizon, one in which the relationship between citizen and society can be rethought and the threat of technological unemployment can be overcome? These are questions which bring into play complex economic, political and social factors, all in a context of growing inequalities, a crisis of confidence in the media and in democratic institutions, and the risk of new authoritarianisms.