The Unmaking (2020)
1 hr 30 mins | French | Canada, France | Shannon Walsh
The UnMaking is the story of how Artificial Intelligence and its algorithms are changing our economy : the way we access services and goods. The way we use them, the way we work and the way we are paid for providing those services and goods.
The key to dominating the 20th century economy was to own the means of production. The secret of our own times is to create the means of connection.
Airbnb, Task Rabbit, UBER are all part of what’s called the platform economy.
We’ll meet those who designed this space, but also the workers, and the users. And in the end, our film will ask: what are the alternatives to this new platform economy where traditional rules and contracts have gone by the wayside.
On the creator side we will meet people like Garret Camp, one of the co-founders of UBER.
We have all encountered the workers of this new economy: UBER drivers in the US. And, we will also meet GRAB drivers, an other ride-hailing app, which swallowed UBER in Indonesia.
We will also meet Turkers, those who compete for “HITs”, Human Intelligence Tasks, on Amazon Mechanical Turk.
This is called the new precariat.
And, there are the users: you and me.
At the end, The Unmaking asks the question: will the platform economy lead to more competition or cooperation?