Boycott AI: The Digital Chain Break

A transformative change campaign aimed at labor unions to stage a boycott against AI overlord

Updated July 6, 2023

Campaign Idea

This campaign revolves around awakening labor unions to the threat posed by ‘AI overlords’ and propelling them to act by boycotting companies and industries heavily reliant on AI for their operations.

Campaign Description

The “Boycott AI: The Digital Chain Break” campaign is a first-of-its-kind labor movement against the extensive use of artificial intelligence in industries, which is believed to be stealing jobs away from hardworking human employees. The campaign aims to make a statement that laborers will no longer stand by as industries replace their jobs with AI. By organizing a large-scale boycott, the labor unions can successfully send their message to industries and government bodies.

Theory for Why This Campaign Will Create Change

This campaign stands on the premise of labor unions' power and influence over industries. Their collective refusal to engage with industries supporting AI Overlord will pressure these corporations to rethink their AI reliance and potentially open up more opportunities for human labor.

Sample Viral Social Media Post from the Campaign

“Say NO to AI Overlord! Join the Digital Chain Break and demand respect for human labor. Boycott industries bowing to AI. #BoycottAI #DigitalChainBreak”

Sample Press Release Announcing Campaign to Media

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: In an unprecedented move, labor unions across the globe unite for ‘Boycott AI: The Digital Chain Break,’ a transformative campaign aiming to bring industries back to the human touch. Empowering employees to take a stand against AI takeover, this campaign sends a powerful message to all corporates: People before machines. #BoycottAI #DigitalChainBreak”

Story Written in the First Person Perspective

“I joined the Digital Chain Break when I realized my job was at stake. I couldn’t stand by and watch as AI took over my livelihood. Now, I stand with thousands of workers, demanding our right to work, our right to be valued over machines. #BoycottAI #DigitalChainBreak”

How Will Opponents to This Campaign Try to Stop It

Opponents, mainly those industries heavily reliant on AI, will likely push back by highlighting the efficiencies and cost benefits derived from AI and automation. They may also attempt to discredit the movement as anti-progress.

How Should Activists Respond to Opponent’s Attempts to Stop It

Activists should respond by emphasizing the social and economic costs of automation and AI, including job losses and increased socioeconomic disparity. They should also call out industries' responsibility to their employees and push for a balance between progress and human welfare.

What Are the Steps Necessary to Launch the Campaign

  1. Establish a coordinating group responsible for organizing and overseeing the campaign.
  2. Identify and connect with labor unions across different industries and regions willing to join the campaign.
  3. Conduct awareness programs within these unions to educate members about the campaign and its goals.
  4. Announce the campaign to the larger public through a press conference, social media, and other forms of media.
  5. Identify and announce companies and industries to be boycotted.
  6. Constantly monitor the campaign’s progress and adjust strategies as needed.

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