ow is a research project focused on the transformation of the internet user in relation to labour. It draws from Benjamin Bratton's The Stack definition of user—anything able to interface with another user; whether human, animal, plant, mineral, machinic, algorithmic, etc.—to understand the idea of work in a different way.
To do so, the project sets a scenario where a Universal Basic Income is a prerequisite for a post-work society, undermining the classic idea of work and worker—a process began in the 70s with the rising of the post-fordist figure.
The internet user is, indeed, the latest iteration of a process of full identification between the post-fordist worker and his her job, where intellectual and affective labour are the main means of production and of subject-formation.
Soylent: a word-processor with a crowd insideA new plugin for MS Word, to inject real people performing some of the commands present in the application: document shortening, proofreading, and human-language macros. From MIT researcher Michael Bernstein. → more
The Wealth of Networks, How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom—Yochai BenklerYochai Benkler seems a good starting point to dig into the concept of peer production, so for sure I'll read the first part of the book, titled The Networked Information Economy, containing three chapters: Some Basic Economics of Information Production and Innovation Peer Production and Sharing The Economics of Social Production This is a quick note. Quick. I'll come back. → more