GenericScience

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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EconoFiction

Gilbert Simondon, High Frequency Trading and Ecotechnology

23 Sep , 2019  

If one follows the theory about technical objects as developed by the French theorist Gilbert Simondon (Simondon 2012), and then the statements of Frédéric Neyrat in the anthology Die technologische Bedingung (Hörl 2011), the task for today’s hypertechnized societies is to fundamentally rethink the identity of nature and technology (there ...

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Mashines

The Trans Classical Machine (G. Anders, H.D. Bahr, F. Neyrat, G. Simondon)

7 Sep , 2019  

If one follows the theory about technical objects as developed by the French theorist Gilbert Simondon (Simondon 2012), and then the statements of Frédéric Neyrat in the anthology Die technologische Bedingung (The Technological Condition, Hörl 2011), it is necessary for today’s hyper-technical societies to fundamentally rethink the already disturbed identity ...

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Mashines

Perfect Machines: Artificial Intelligence and the Labour Theory of Value

3 Aug , 2019  

Paper presented at “Marx’s Critique of Political Economy and the Global Crisis Today. On the 150th Anniversary of the Publication of Capital”, Hofstra University, April 6-7, 2017.

“Someone once said that it is easier to imagine the end of the world than to imagine the end of capitalism.”
– Frederic ...

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Mashines

Inhuman Power / Review (1)

31 Jul , 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 angemessene Generalisierungen auf Grundlage von limitierten Daten zu machen. Je weiter der Spielraum für Applikationen ist und je ...

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EconoFiction

Gilets Jaunes im globalen Kontext

29 Jul , 2019  

Dies ist ein erster Versuch, die Bewegung der gilets jaunes zu verstehen und sie auf den Kontext übergreifender Zusammenhänge zu beziehen. Wir müssten nun, unseren sozialrevolutionären Grundsätzen und Methoden folgend, an den Äußerungen aus dieser Bewegung anknüpfen um von hier aus das Verhältnis zu ihrem Umfeld erschließen. Denn so sehr ...

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Mashines

On Socialist Cybernetics, Accelerationist Dreams, and Tiqqun’s Nightmares

12 Feb , 2019  

Nikita Khrushchev was skeptical whether computers can help boost history towards communism. Nevertheless, he was willing to give it a try and ordered a super-computer for economical support of soviet socialism. The mostly talented and best trained soviet engineers set up the computer and asked him to test the machine ...

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Documentation, GenericScience

Wandering Abstraction

20 Jan , 2019  

… Since the ‘we’ is constituted by the class relation, the self-overcoming of the ‘we’ is the overcoming of the relation that constitutes it. This is certainly theoretically uncompromising (and admirable because of it). But it is also paradoxical, and its paradoxical character exacerbates its status as a claim that ...

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GenericScience

Alien Capital Redux

12 Jan , 2019  

There’s some fascinating comments by Louis Armand in an essay featured in Alienist #4 that deal with Primož Krašovec’s ‘Alien Capital’:

This Alien metaphor can be taken a step further, in that it exceeds the notion of simply an economic or social prosthesis – an addition to the world of ...

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Mashines

Edmund Berger: On Art and Revolutionary Transformation in the Age of Blockchain – Part 1

4 Dez , 2018  

…measured against the conditions of the present, communism itself embodies the most alien of all possible futures.

—Edmund Berger

Edmund Berger author of Uncertain Futures: An Assessment of the Conditions of the Present (see my review) has for years done his homework in uncovering the historical traces of the Marxist ...

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Biopolitics, Mashines

The Hedonistic Imperative: The Seduction of Hypercapitalism

28 Nov , 2018  

The unlikely parable that Xenophon relates  between Socrates and their mutual friend Aristippus of Cyrene serves as a lead in to the subject of this post. Socrates had observed his friend Aristippus for some time and felt that the young man needed a little guidance. He remonstrated Aristippus for his ...

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EconoFiction, GenericScience

The Politics of AI-driven Financialization (Interview with Max Haiven)

30 Okt , 2018  

Rethinking agency in an AI-driven world – as the AMBIENT REVOLTS conference is trying to do – the critic Krystian Woznicki interviews social thinker Max Haiven about seminal notions of agency under AI-driven financialization.

Krystian Woznicki: As you repeatedly point out in your book “Art after Money, Money after ...

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Mashines

Das transklassisch Maschinelle (G. Anders, H.D. Bahr, F. Neyrat, G. Simondon)

10 Okt , 2018  

Folgt man der Theorie über die technischen Objekte, wie sie der französische Theoretiker Gilbert Simondon (Simondon 2012) entwickelt hat, und daran anschließend den Aussagen Frédéric Neyrats im Sammelband Die technologische Bedingung (Hörl 2011), so gilt es für die heutigen hyper-technisierten Gesellschaften die je schon gestörte Identität von Natur und Technik ...

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Biopolitics

Terraforming: Reconstructing the Earth, Recreating Life

10 Okt , 2018  

Reconstructing the Earth

Power is at the core of the geo-constructivist conception of the world. The power of humanity as a kind to reduce its status of a species to its smallest part; a power that takes place on a devitalized planet. But power can be understood in two different ...

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Mashines

Zelluläre Automaten und Maschine 4.0

9 Okt , 2018  

Es war eine der Intentionen von Leibniz, zu zeigen, dass die Welt aus elementaren Automaten gebaut ist, die er »Monaden« nannte. Monaden, die sich jeweils aus Aggregaten zusammensetzen und komplexe Automaten bilden, lassen sich bei Leibniz immer weiter bis ins unendlich Kleine falten, vom Organismus bis hin zu den Elementarteilchen, ...

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NonMusic

Mille Plateaux – Ultrablackness of Music

21 Aug , 2018  

Project for book & compilation: Ultrablackness of Music

When we look back it seems that Mille Plateaux was always dark. We never confirmed techno-utopism, accelerationism or Eshuns afrofuturism. Rhythm, not speed was the term. As we wrote: »If Rhythm is distinct from metrics, we enter the field of non-frequency politics, ...

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Mille Plateaux – Ultrablackness of Music

21 Aug , 2018  

Project for book & compilation: Ultrablackness of Music

When we look back it seems that Mille Plateaux was always dark. We never confirmed techno-utopism, accelerationalism or Eshuns afrofuturism. Rhythm, not speed was the term. As we wrote: »If Rhythm is distinct from metrics, we enter the field of non-frequency politics, ...

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Biopolitics

24/7: Sleepless Soldiers and the Psychopathy of Civilization

15 Aug , 2018  

On first reading Johnathan Crary’s new book 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep  I wondered if I’d shifted into some dark  psychopathic journey into the heart of darkness where citizens have become machines, augmented cyborgs in a sleepless universe of absolute death where no one dies and everyone ...

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EconoFiction

The Belly of the Revolution: Agriculture, Energy, and the Future of Communism

28 Jul , 2018  

….The problem is that the energy system and the technology it powers is not at all modular; it is not possible to swap out dirty energy and swap in clean energy, even if all political obstacles were removed and some polity found itself able to rearrange the building blocks of
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Mashines

The Intelligence of Capital?

23 Jul , 2018  

The development of the means of labour into machinery is not an accidental moment of capital, but is rather the historical reshaping of the traditional, inherited means of labour into a form adequate to capital. The accumulation of knowledge and of skill, of the general productive forces of the social ...

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Mashines, PhiloFiction

Laruelle und das Wesen der Technik

11 Jul , 2018  

Für Laruelle muss hinsichtlich der Beurteilung der Technikwissenschaften eine erste Unterscheidung vorgenommen werden, nämlich die zwischen Technik und Technologie. Unter Technik versteht Laruelle im weitesten Sinne das von Simondon in seinen Schriften aufgeworfene technische Objekt, das der Wissenschaft zur Analyse dient, während der Begriff der Technologie der Ordnung des Diskurses ...

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Mashines

Towards a Non-Facebook

25 Mai , 2018  

The current Facebook debate is a chance to get your act together and get organized – just a little.

What does it mean to get dis-, re-, co-organized, to the worse, or the better? A further balkanisation, a migration to the cryptoanarchist waste of resources, blockchain-nations as a refresh of ...

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GenericScience

On the Need for a Hyper-Materialist Epistemology

3 Mai , 2018  

At the very beginning of  Technics and Time, I pointed out that when Marx posits in  Capital that we require a theory of technical evolution, which would be an extension of Darwinian theory, he at the same time raises the question of a kind of  matter  that  would be 
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