Post by: Alexander Galloway

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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Biopolitics

Females

2 Dez , 2019  

Cue the TERF wars. The coming responses to Andrea Long Chu’s book Females — there will be many so get ready — are so predictable they practically write themselves. Some will most certainly object to Chu defining female via the negative, any negative. And anyway, they will claim, only an ...

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NonMusic

Acoustic Resonance

30 Nov , 2019  

Robin James’s recent book The Sonic Episteme is a fascinating tour through the contemporary culture and politics of sound. The book hinges on what she calls “acoustic resonance,” a paradigm of thinking where sound and sonic phenomena like vibration, oscillation, resonance, and diffraction are taken to be the very fabric ...

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PhiloFiction

How to Spot a Digital Philosopher

6 Nov , 2019  

The expression “Digital Philosophy” has a specific meaning. Recently I’ve tried to expand that meaning to include other thinkers and traditions from throughout history, not just those who claim, improbably, that “the world is a giant computer.” I’m thinking, for instance, of Richard Dedekind’s work on arithmetic, or the Wittgenstein ...

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GenericScience

General Formula for the Digital and the Analog

21 Feb , 2019  

Euclid is remembered as a geometer, when he is remembered at all. But Euclid’s Elements was an omnibus compendium of all mathematical knowledge known to him at the time, beginning with the first mathematics, geometry, then addressing ratio and proportion–that is, logos and analogos–and ultimately arithmetic, irrationality, and other ...

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Mashines

Are Algorithms Biased?

29 Jan , 2019  

The politics of algorithms has been on people’s minds a lot recently. Only a few years ago, tech authors were still hawking Silicon Valley as the great hope for humanity. Today one is more likely to see books about how math is a weapon, how algorithms are oppressive, and how ...

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PhiloFiction

Laruelle – Against the Digital (pdf)

21 Nov , 2018  

Channel that great saint of radical blackness, Toussaint Louverture, and return to the Haitian Constitution of 1804, which stated that all citizens will be called black regardless of color. Such blanket totality of black, such cataclysm of human color, renders color invalid and denies the endless dynamics of black-as-white or ...

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PhiloFiction

Theory Hot and Cold

29 Okt , 2018  

The artist Steve Lambert had a great tweet once that was something like “every time you send me a .doc file, my opinion of you decreases.” I have similar feelings about Bruno Latour. Whenever people cite Latour, my opinion of them decreases.

Nevertheless Latour has been, it will be ...

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PhiloFiction

The Immanence of Truths

20 Okt , 2018  

I’m told that Alain Badiou’s L’immanence des vérités has recently appeared in Parisian bookstores. I look forward to ordering a copy, and am reposting here my initial intuitions about the book, published last spring on e-flux, both as an invitation to think further about Badiou — unquestionably the most interesting

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GenericScience

The Black Box of the World

8 Okt , 2018  

In continuing to explore the domains of the digital and the analog, I’ve come to an unexpected conclusion, one that will no doubt be obvious to others but which I nevertheless found surprising. I’ve finally realized the extent to which analogicity has been hounded out of technical history. In the

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PhiloFiction

A Report on Cyberfeminism (1999)

3 Okt , 2018  

An editor in Spain reminded me of this piece written almost twenty years ago. I’m reposting it here, but please read with a dose of generosity. I was quite young when I wrote it, many of the links are dead, and the discourse of digital studies has changed a great

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Mashines

Anti-Computer

21 Mrz , 2018  

In my graduate seminar we’ve recently been thinking a bit about machines. Given that our focus has been on the 19th Century, attention has been directed toward ergodic machines (from the root ergon meaning work). Ergodic machines are machines that run on heat and energy. Such machines are essentially mechanical

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GenericScience

A Theory of Media

21 Jan , 2018  

What would it mean to provide a theory of media? In contemporary discourse, terms like mass media, social media, visual media, or digital media are used quite freely. Commentators like to claim that we live in a media age, an observation whose very banality too often undercuts its potential utility.

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PhiloFiction

What Is the Analog?

6 Jan , 2018  

This is an excerpt from a forthcoming essay on “The Golden Age of Analog.”

What does the analog mean today? A hard question indeed. For the digital, many will simply make reference to things like Twitter, Playstation, or computers in general. Here one might be correct, but only coincidentally,

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PhiloFiction

Does Difference Have a Type?

5 Okt , 2017  

I just spoke yesterday yesterday at the University of Pennsylvania on the topics of “control societies” and “ontologies of difference,” two themes that have interested me a great deal over the years. In fact I have been so struck by Deleuze’s essay “Postscript on Societies of Control,” a short and

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Lexicon, Mashines, NonPolitics

Brometheanism

16 Jun , 2017  

In recent months I’ve remained quiet about the speculative turn, mostly because I’m reticent to rekindle the “Internet war” that broke out a couple of years ago mostly on blogs but also in various published papers. And while I’ve taught accelerationism in my recent graduate seminars, I opted for radio

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