Machines are outing us. As some time ago happened to horses after the invention of the steam engine, humans are becoming obsolete to perform mechanical labor, soon, with the advance of artificial intelligence, it will also affect our possibilities to be useful workers performing intellectual labor.
A single human body at rest radiates 100 watts of excess heat. We created a body-suit that uses thermoelectric generators to harvest the temperature differential between the human body and ambient and converts it into usable electricity. The electricity generated is then fed to a computer that produces cryptocurrency.
Becoming obsolete will create a new scenario on which new forms of labor will emerge and flourish. Our aim is at pioneering that transition. We employ humans to produce cryptocurrency with electricity generated from the biological processes of their bodies. We explore the maximization of the capital extracted by means of speculation in the potential growth of value of different cryptocurrency markets.
Exploring the potential of biological labor for obtaining value from the human body
Alone in The Netherlands there are 1,700 KW of unexploited electricity to be harvested from human body heat.
From the electricity extracted of excess heat, the body-suit runs a computer producing cryptocurrency.
The body-suit mantains the body temperature without producing adverse conditions for the worker.
New technologies allow us to build “a postcapitalist and post-work platform upon which multiple ways of living could emerge and flourish.”
Our bet on economy
The working agreement stipulates all contractual obligations, schedules, responsibilities and payments.
In a capitalist society, one of the best ways to produce capital is to speculate with it.
The Institute of Human Obsolescence run 4 different operations of 22, 69, 39 and 82 hours. Those 212 hours were divided in working shifts of 1, 2 or 3 hours, 37 different workers participated in the process.