Mashines

Über den Atomismus

28 Mai , 2020  

Die Isolation der Individuen ist konstitutiv für die bürgerliche Gesellschaft. Die Vereinigung der Gattung durch die unsichtbare Hand, dann den Staat und durch das große Kapital, all diese Techniken der Macht setzen die radikale Isolation der Menschen bereits voraus. Ins Nichts geworfen zu sein, doppelt frei und dann gezwungen, sich ...

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Covid-19: Philosopher Bernard Stiegler’s Insight from the Angle of Memory

23 Apr , 2020  

Our current economic model is centred on physical and symbolic hyper-communication between almost every place throughout the world, and this considerably increases the danger. This model, which is also that of the ‘data economy’, is very dangerous because it eliminates diversity, which is the condition for resilience…

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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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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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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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Deleuze/Guattaris Diagram

7 Feb , 2020  

In antiquity, the word “Dia-graphein” referred to the inscription of a line, namely in geometric tables, lists, musical notations, etc. Not only were plans and figures designed with the help of lines, but there were also numerous markings and even crossings, which then called into question the stability of the ...

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Baudrillard: When human rights and democracy began to circulate like oil and capital

15 Nov , 2019  

In his current essay “Europa Fata Morgana” Georg Seeßlen speaks of post-democracy as a permanent state of emergency, in which the multiple crises (war against terror, financial crisis, Greek crisis, refugee crisis, etc.) fulfilled the function of maintaining it. Seeßlen writes: “The state of emergency can only be maintained if ...

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The radical indifference of Facebook & Co is deeply inscribed in capital

9 Nov , 2019  

In her book Das Zeitalter des Überwachungskapitalismus Shosana Zuboff describes Facebook & Co as the masters of radical indifference. A new accumulation logic emerges in which the surveillance capital extracts human behavior and its seemingly useless surpluses, that is, absorbs data combined with other data to feed intelligent machines and ...

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EconoFiction, Mashines

Money Robots

16 Okt , 2019  

Money robots are actually nothing more than complex algorithms that analyze and process data and are also able to learn from feedback and results. Former MEP Martin Ehrenhauser has published an informative book on this subject. The book “Die Geldroboter”, published by ProMedia-Verlag, deals with the function and effectiveness of ...

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EconoFiction, Mashines

Do Androids Dream of Surplus Value?

8 Okt , 2019  

Androids, if they were to come into existence, would be the outcome of scientific and engineering ingenuity and thus be products of past living labour. Although the androids might be Turing-compatible, Voight-Kammpf cheating and Asimov-law abiding, they would be dead labour. Indeed as outcomes of a capitalist production process they ...

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Marx and the Machine

17 Sep , 2019  

With the reference to the phylogeny of machines, which ranges from complex tools to machines driven by motors to automatons, Marx always combines a genealogy of technology shaped by capital and thus clearly sets himself apart from a transhistorical theory of the evolution of technology. Marx writes: “Work is organized ...

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