Post by: Alexander Galloway

NonPolitics

No Demands

4 Jun , 2020  

They have helicopters and armored vehicles. They’re driving cars into crowds, firing teargas, and flash grenades. They’re beating people with batons and trampling them with horses. They’re murdering people in broad daylight. The brutality is flagrant and obscene. Yet “it’s not police brutality, it’s police practice,” as Professor Dylan ...

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PhiloFiction

Kant’s Fingers

18 Mai , 2020  

A brief follow up to the previous allusion to Kant…

In the Critique of Pure Reason, Kant defined the analytic as containing a non-additive predicate, while the synthetic as having an additive predicate. While I still need to work out the details, it’s clear that Kant also implicates the digital ...

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PhiloFiction

In Praise of the Prophylactic

19 Apr , 2020  

Prophylaxis is on everyone’s mind these days. Oh what a reversal from only a few months ago, when the decades long march of promiscuous ontologies seemed unstoppable. Are freedom and mobility unquestionable virtues? Should everything touch everything else? Until recently the answer was an unmitigated YES. The Spinozians spoke of flat ontologies. ...

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Mashines

The Paucity of Digital Theory

11 Apr , 2020  

A provocation: theories of the digital have generated very little digital theory. What do I mean? And why is this the case? First, one must separate the form of digital theory from the kinds of objects it wants to study. Thus a digital theory may make a claim about a digital object. ...

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GenericScience

A List of Qualities

19 Mrz , 2020  

It began with a list. When addressing “the birth of a new medium,” Janet Murray responded with a list of properties. Digital environments have four essential properties, she argued. Digital environments are procedural, participatory, spatial, and encyclopedic.

When tasked with the definition of “new media” a few years later, Lev ...

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Mashines

Uncomputer

21 Feb , 2020  

I wrote before about the anti-computer. Let me continue some of those themes, using instead an adjacent label, the uncomputer.

In an initial sense, the uncomputer comes out of whatever is subordinated or excluded as a result of the standard model of the digital. The excluded term might be the ...

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Mashines

Data Does Not Organize Itself

9 Feb , 2020  

In researching the relation between weaving and computation, I ran across this astounding passage by Ellen Harlizius-Klück:

What the Digital Humanities features, is rather the digital processing and representation of data. The concept of the digital itself is just as little explored as manual aspects of programming, which always include ...

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GenericScience

Analog Hall of Fame: Scale

10 Jan , 2020  

I said before that no one has yet patented a Meaning Machine. While that’s true in the abstract, I want to talk about the two most common ways to hack around the problem. First is labor and second is scale.

k-means clustering of random data points

Meaning is the “hard problem” ...

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PhiloFiction

Meillassoux at the Googleplex

9 Jan , 2020  

I’ve been thinking about the old maxim “correlation is not causation.” Skeptics tend to push a strong interpretation of the maxim. The skeptics say significance doesn’t emanate from behavior; the phenomena of the world refuse to furnish their own meaning. Working scientists on the other hand tend to be more ...

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PhiloFiction

How to Spot an Analog Philosopher

10 Dez , 2019  

How to spot an analog philosopher? First look at his attachments… What does he love the most?

Analog philosophers value life and vitality, and thus have a special affection for nature. They talk about energy and aliveness, but also the same thing in reverse, dissipation and death. The ugliest ugly ...

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