In 2013 Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams released their Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics which they described as a project aiming to align left-wing politics with the legacy of the Enlightenment. They followed this in 2015 with their book Inventing the Future in which they critique the “folk politics” of localism, direct action and relentless horizontalism that has come to dominate left radical politics and argue instead for an accelerationist politics at ease with a modernity of abstraction, complexity, globality, and technology.

As part of his series of public seminars held at the House of Commons John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, invited Nick Srnicek (along with Daniel Susskind and Francesca Bria) to speak on the subject of technology and the future of work.