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

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  • Oliver Bates
  • Callum Nash
  • Ben Kirman
  • Christian Remy
  • Carolynne Lord


External departments

  • Aarhus University
  • Lancaster University
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of York


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHTTF 2019: Proceedings of the Halfway to the Future Symposium 2019
EditorsJoel E Fischer, Sarah Martindale, Martin Porcheron, Stuart Reeves, Jocelyn Spence
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781450372039
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019
EventHalfway to the Future - Albert Hall Conference Centre, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Nov 201920 Nov 2019


ConferenceHalfway to the Future
Abbreviated titleHttF2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
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Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review


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.

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