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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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Was ist Foraminiferderalogie?

9 Mrz , 2020  

“Wenn nämlich in aller poststrukturalistischer Stringenz die Differenz von Wert/Wertabspaltung durch alle […] Unterschiede hindurch gelesen wird und mit einer extrapolativen Spekulation in der nontologischen Spektrenanalyse sich bereits erkennen lässt, dass der hegemonialen Weltäquivalenzkette fast das gesamte ökonomische, kulturelle, soziale, symbolische usw. Kapital, also folgedessen die Welt und vor allem ...

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The Earth is Dying, But Not Fast Enough

13 Feb , 2020  

How we respond depends a great deal on how we frame the
problem. First, we need to change the way we understand
natural processes. Nature is in a state of constant flux
—always looking for new ways to use more energy and
dissipate it faster. If we want to survive ...

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Luciana Parisi and the problem of the predictability of unpredictability

4 Feb , 2020  

In her book Contagious Architecture, Luciana Parisi calls on us to distance ourselves from two – still relevant today – metacomputational definitions, according to which a) algorithms are determined as finite quantities, or b) as evolutionary interactive models, the latter being based on sensors, processors and feedback processes. Parisi believes ...

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Climate Change and Migration in the Kinocene

25 Jan , 2020  

In this intervention, I put forward  five short theses on the topic of  ‘ Anthropocene mobilities. ’  My aim is not to unpack every concept con-tained herein but rather to provide a provocative introductory synthesis of  five big ideas about Anthropocene mobility for further discussion. 1) Weare living in the ...

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Klimakrise und Fossiles Kapital

24 Jan , 2020  

Im Jahr 2012 lagen die globalen CO2 Emissionen um 58% höher als im Jahr 1990. Dies hatte unter anderem zur Folge, dass die Wirbelstürme aufgrund höherer Temperaturen in den Einzugsgebieten von Ozeanen stärker wurden und die arktischen Ökosysteme eine Reihe von Tipping Points erreichten. Die Grenze, bei dem die Eisdecke ...

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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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Introduction: Logos or Abstract Machines? (part 2)

27 Dez , 2019  

If it is true chat abstract machines arise neither from the subject-object phenomenological couple, nor the set-subset logical couple, and consequently escape from the semiological triangle denotation representation-signification, then how do we conceive the possibility of saying anything about them? What will become of representation when there is no longer ...

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Climate crisis and self-critique: “We thrive uninvited where we were never meant to grow.”

18 Dez , 2019  

The man made catastrophe called climate change is already a reality for many people. This catastrophe hits those hardest, who have the least capacities of adapting to it – and the least responsibility of creating it. Given this situation, how can we cooperate across borders to tackle the climate crisis? ...

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Remarks on “How Noise Matters to Finance”

4 Dez , 2019  

In his book How Noise Matters to Finance, which is well worth reading, Knouf points first and foremost to traditional ideas about the stock market, such as the control of the market by the famous invisible hand, the dreams of balance, transparency, explainable price movements and correct prices, All in ...

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On the question of the general purpose of the state (Poulantzas, Paschukanis, Vogl, etc.)

22 Nov , 2019  

In modern international law, territory, state power and population are generally regarded as important components of the sovereign nation-state. In the Marxist theoretical tradition inspired by structuralism, Nicos Poulantzas, following and in contrast to Louis Althusser’s analyses of the ideological state apparatuses (Althusser 1977), described the state somewhat more elaborately ...

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The Climate Industrial Complex

16 Nov , 2019  

30 years ago, there were 15 border walls around the world; now there are 70 walls and over 1 billion national and international migrants. International migrants alone may even double in the next 40 years due to global warming. Our new epoch of global flux has also given rise to ...

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Paranoia Machines of the State

13 Okt , 2019  

One should insist that paranoia is the mass psychological fuel of neo-fascist and right-wing populist movements. Today they have chosen the vulnerable foreigners as their suitable enemy object. And to anticipate it right away, the paranoia of right-wing populists and that of the state reinforce each other. But the paranoia ...

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Fossiles Kapital (2)

4 Okt , 2019  

Andreas Malm übersetzt die Marx`sche These von der steigenden organischen Zusammensetzung des Kapitals (die Rate zwischen toter und lebendiger Arbeit) in eine ansteigende fossile Zusammensetzung des Kapitals. Über eine längere Zeitperiode hinweg lässt sich die Tendenz das Kapitals, den Anteil menschlicher Arbeit gegenüber dem der Maschinen zu reduzieren, in das ...

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Something in the Air and On the Road: Carbon Emission and Our Nation’s Largest Source of CO2

23 Sep , 2019  

When talking about the environment and climate change, the conversation will inevitably turn to carbon. Often tossed into that discussion are things like emissions or your carbon footprint.

But what do these terms really mean? Not just for us, but future generations? And do they, or what producing them really ...

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Mapping the Elements / o=c=o

29 Aug , 2019  

Um 1620 beobachtet der Mediziner, Theologe und Naturforscher Johan Baptist van Helmont in Vilvoorde/ Brüssel luftartige Substanzen. Er nennt Gaz, was vor seinen Augen aus dem Chaos in seinem Labor entsteht.

Nun war Helmont das Gegenteil eines unordentlichen Menschen. In frühen Experimenten, die bereits den Übergang der Alchemie in die ...

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Marxismus und Künstliche Intelligenz

25 Aug , 2019  

Das Autorenteam Dyer-Whiteford, Kjösen, Steinhoff hat mit Inhuman Power ein verdienstvolles Buch zur AI (Artificial Intelligence; AI) aus marxistischer Sicht vorgelegt. AI definieren die Autoren als die Fähigkeit in einem bestimmten Zeitraum mittels Software angemessene Verallgemeinerungen auf Grundlage von limitierten Daten zu machen. Je weiter der Spielraum für die Applikationen ...

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Cheap Food and Bad Climate: From Surplus Value to Negative Value in the Capitalist World-Ecology

24 Aug , 2019  

ABSTRACT
Capitalism, understood as a world-ecology that joins accumulation, power, and nature in dialectical unity, has been adept at evading so-called Malthusian dynamics through an astonishing historical capacity to produce, locate, and occupy cheap natures external to the system. In recent decades, the last frontiers have closed, and this astonishing ...

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VALUE, NATURE, AND THE VORTEX OF ACCUMULATION

11 Aug , 2019  

Introduction


Of all the domains of Marxian political economy, nature is by far the most vexing. Is nature an economic input as in the notion of natural resources; is it the object of labour in the process of production; or is it something broader, as in the idea of land ...

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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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Marxismus – Material und Problem

14 Feb , 2019  

»Man erzittert vor der Hypothese, daß, begünstigt durch eine jener Metamorphosen, von denen Marx so oft gesprochen hat […], ein neuer ›Marxismus‹ nicht mehr die Gestalt haben könnte, unter der man ihn zu identifizieren und in die Flucht zu schlagen man sich gewöhnt hatte. Vielleicht hat man nicht mehr Angst ...

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