"Patrick Lin, the director of the ethics and emerging sciences board at California Polytechnic State University, told FCW that private-sector employee protests are part of a changing dynamic where workers feel empowered to lobby for or against their company's business dealings -- especially when they could potentially involve autonomous vehicles, weapons systems and facial recognition tech that could be lethal or eventually trickle down to law enforcement agencies.
"I think with these protests there's much more balance. Now employees have more voice, they have more weight and they have more influence on the decisions made by capital," Lin said. However, a "healthier balance doesn't mean it's necessarily good for business, right?" he asked. "Business folks want to move fast, they want to break things, they don’t want to ask 10,000 other workers what they think about a specific project.""