Dr Phoebe Moore
The Quantified Self at Work
Technologies to track work and productivity have a long history, starting with Frederick Taylor’s scientific management and Frank and Lillian Gilbreths’ fatigue and motion studies. While their research took place in industrial conditions, new technologies have emerged that allow for ever more intimate levels of analysis that go into the realm of the body and physiology as well as emotions and even ‘gut reactions’ to situations. This session looks at the new world of work, where surveillance and electronic performance monitoring overlap with health and fitness schemes at work, moving beyond psychometrics and gamification. We will ask what the implications are with the newest technologies of the senses and how data produced are increasingly becoming ways to know the self both by the self and to others. How will we be judged as workers and citizens? Who is this new big brother of performance, wellness and self tracking, and should we be afraid of him?
Dr Phoebe Moore is a Senior Lecturer in the Law and Politics department at Middlesex University, who writes about production, technology, and governance.
Phoebe's current research analyses how people are being tracked and monitored at work, from art-houses to warehouses, and she discusses this topic her book, The Quantified Self in Precarity.