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The future of techno-disruption in gig economy workforces: Challenging the dialogue with fictional abstracts

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  • Oliver Bates, University Lancaster
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  • Christian Remy
  • Callum Nash, Northumbria University
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  • Ben Kirman, York University

In this article we explore near-future of the pervasive computing, AI, and HCI in the context of the disruptive potential of technologies on workers in the on-demand gig economy. Using fictional abstracts, the authors muse on dystopian case studies of: independent contractors, last-mile couriers, teachers, and creative professionals. This article serves as base for critical reflections on: 1) the need for multidisciplinary approaches when tackling broader and far-reaching societal implications of digital technology in the gig economy, and 2) the potential role of fictional abstracts in the design process of future digital technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHTTF 2019 - Proceedings of the Halfway to the Future Symposium 2019
Number of pages4
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication yearNov 2019
Article number3363476
Chapter32
ISBN (Electronic)9781450372039
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019
Event2019 Halfway to the Future Symposium: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of HCI and Design-Based Research, HTTF 2019 - Nottingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Nov 201920 Nov 2019

Conference

Conference2019 Halfway to the Future Symposium: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of HCI and Design-Based Research, HTTF 2019
LandUnited Kingdom
ByNottingham
Periode19/11/201920/11/2019
SeriesACM International Conference Proceeding Series

    Research areas

  • AI, Autonomous vehicles, Creativity, Design fiction, Drones, Ethics, Existentialism, Fictional abstracts, Future studies, Gig economy, HCI, Human security, Justice, Logistics, Pervasive computing, Ubicomp

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