MA Material Futures
Given the lack of understanding surrounding emerging technologies and its impact on employment, Mael created a workshop where the local community in Jaywick could build fully-functioning crypto-miners to allow them a real means of generating income.
Democratising technology: collaborating with the local community of Jaywick to mine cryptocurrency through tidal energy.
In the next 15 years, it is estimated that at least 40% of jobs will be replaced by machines. Nowhere is this future more apparent than in Jaywick in the UK where 60% of the population have already either lost their jobs or are out of work, mostly because of the insurgence of automation and machine learning and the inevitable decline of jobs that these technologies have brought about.
Given the current lack of understanding and debate surrounding emerging technologies, very little is projected about the impact – either positive or negative – that automation and future technologies will have on our society.
Through this project, I collaborated with Jaywick’s local community to create a practical workshop where local people could build fully-functioning crypto-miners to allow them a real means of generating a secondary, supplementary income.
This call to action not only outlines the very real potential of automated technologies but also stimulates debate about what we want our collective future to look like. It’s challenge is how we can ensure that future technologies are democratic and support the many, not the few.
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