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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.

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  • Deleting your free github.com's account

    A user in reply to a blog-post on deleting one's github account because of all the downsides of it being a centralise system, unlike git itself which is a decentralised-by-design one. Canta 2016-01-17 AT 16:55 I agree with both you Bob and Mikael. Specially Bob. However, on a side note, this “OPEN YOuR EYeS!!!1” kinda rant also annoys me. There’s something about the point stated here i feel like a half truth. TL;DR: github is not a necessary evil, our peers are a necessary evil, and dealing with them is dealing with the likes of github. What i believ... more
  • A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, by John Perry Barlow

    Putting aside the repudiation (too strong?) of the body present in the text, claiming that is not part of the new virtual world—which I find quite ridicule and I do prefer the cyberfeminist take on it (the body is part of the internet)—this bit is quintessential. Your increasingly obsolete information industries would perpetuate themselves by proposing laws, in America and elsewhere, that claim to own speech itself throughout the world. These laws would declare ideas to be another industrial product, no more noble than pig iron. In our world, whatever the human mind may create can be reproduced and ... more
  • The future of UI is text

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  • L-O-C-A-L-H-O-S-T: RWX

    L-O-C-A-L-H-O-S-T 1 organises a three day workshop and talks called RWX [READ/WRITE/EXECUTE], focused around the filesystem and its related politics as an artistic tool. From: Since the development of the Xerox Alto OS in the early 1970s, the graphical Operating System has adopted the design language of the office environment to represent the filesystem. With a basis in the real-life workplace, the familiar concepts of the file, the folder, the desktop, and the recycle bin made it a simpler task for the office worker to make the switch from typewriter to computer. To: (...) increasingly outsourcing the storage of our ... more
  • Network Effect

    A new project by Jonathan Harris and Gregor Hochmuth, which: explores the psychological effect of Internet use on humanity. and builds a sense of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), "typical" of the internet culture: Like the Internet itself, the project is effectively endless, containing 10,000 video clips, 10,000 spoken sentences, news, tweets, charts, graphs, lists, and millions of individual data points, all presented in a classically-designed data visualization environment. To see and hear it all would take hours, but the viewing window is limited to around seven minutes (according to the average life expectancy in the viewer’s country), which induces a st... more