A CONTEMPORARY TRAGEDY
PROFESSOR: LARRY SHEA
“Facing a world where we are picked up and left by the human on their convenience. Resisting XXbike: a labor sharing service to indulge human’s laziness - anytime, to any forced working position - by combining targeting and their IoT technology. XXbike is black, increase congestion, and continually attempts to lower the quality of our working condition. XXbike provides the lowest payroll as means of exploitation of labor. These combined - XXbike deteriorates the quality of our life.”
- A Statement from the survivor in the 8/21 layoff crisis in Wuhan, China
With the development of ubiquitous computing and personal device, our lifestyle becomes much smarter and more efficient than ever. All food delivery and sharing bike companies were able to gain a huge amount of money within a very short period of time. Just like the updating speed of new technologies, the emerging and decaying speed of these companies are as fast as we can ever imagine. Within such a developing model, everyone seems to be carried away by the heat of development and thus less and less people will pay attention to the real social impact or consequences following the technology.
This year BBC had an article reporting the related social issues following the “hurricane-like” development of sharing bike systems in China and a lot of the facts that in this article really shocked me. From 2014 till now, over twenty- five companies developed their sharing bike systems in China. The first city appears in the BBC short video about the Chinese sharing bike graveyards is my hometown Wuhan. According to the statistics, there are at least one million sharing bikes exist in Wuhan. In order to regulate the sharing bikes system, the city government decided to cut around one hundred and fifty thousand from each district.
Is this only the “graveyard of bicycle” or it is the “graveyard of human resources”. The overly exploded technology development uses its glorious appearance to attract users, but at the same time, it hides the true ugliness of the bad commercial battle. For me, the most important question is that who are the gainers and who are the sacrifices in these battles?