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.
The IoHO explores this scenario and tries to ask questions on how to reposition the role of humans in society, particularly how to cope with a labor-market dominated by machines.
Becoming obsolete will create a new scenario on which new forms of labor will emerge and flourish. Our aim is to explore, question and affect scenarios of that transition.
Exploring the potential of the human body to produce capital
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.
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.
The Institute of Human Obsolescence run 4 different operations on biological labor 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.
Human-generated data is a resource already extracted by companies like Google and Facebook, producing vast amounts of capital. Why aren't we, the data workers, capitalizing from it? If even jobless workers are generating capital by producing data, are we truly unemployed? Which propositions for our data labor rights can we think of?
Exploring the potential of human-generated data to produce capital for the workers
Big Data is about to become a 200 billion dollars industry.
We, the data workers are its key resource and (unpaid) workforce.
The ownership of data belongs to the data workers, the exploitation and capitalization of data are the monopoly of companies.
We have been exploring the proposition of receiving a Data Basic Income in exchange for our production of data.
All contemporary proposals on Universal Basic Income take for granted our contribution to the economy in the form of data labor, therefore the Data Basic Income is intrinsically embedded in current propositions of Universal Basic Income.
We are working towards understanding data-production as a form of labor. Human-generated data is a resource already extracted by companies like Google and Facebook, producing vast amounts of capital. Why aren't we, the data workers, capitalizing from it?
Media, interviews and public events
As part of our initiatives we organize discussions, assemblies, workshops and regularly participate in conferences.