Mashines

Algorhythmic Horizion

17 Okt , 2017  

Previously published in Migrant 2 (Wired Capital), 48–57. Printed in late May 2017. With links and pictures added in October 2017.

taken from here

A small remark in the third volume of Marx’s Capital (1894) edited by his friend Engels, usually overlooked, says that telegraph wires, together with steamboat lines ...

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Mashines

Luxury & Paranoia. Access & Exclusion On Capital and Public

16 Okt , 2017  

republished from INC. We get into an Uber car, and the driver passes by the Kremlin walls, guided by GPS. At the end of the ride, the bill turns out to be three times as expensive than usual. What is the matter? We check the route, and the screen shows ...

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GenericScience

Digital Neuroland

12 Okt , 2017  

Introduction
by Rizosfera
Tony D. Sampson is reader in digital media culture and communication based in East London, and deals  with philosophy, digital culture and new media. His  work focuses on an unconventional intersection where political analysis meets the theoretical aspects of digital media and social behaviour, shaping the world
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EconoFiction

Economic Fluctuations, Cyclical Regularities and Technological Change: The U.S. Food Sector (1958–2006)

29 Sep , 2017  

Theofanis Papageorgiou, Panayotis Michaelides and John Milios
Abstract
Despite the fact that the U.S. food sector is a key component of U.S. manufacturing, it has attracted limited attention in the literature, so far. Infact, the recent food crisis shed somelight on different aspects of the food sector, its products and
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Biopolitics, Necropolitics

The Future of Decision: Governance, Algorithms, and Cognitive Bias

14 Sep , 2017  

Berardi makes a valid point in his critique of Srnicek and Williams Inventing the Future:

“Srnicek and Williams suggest that we should ‘demand full automation, demand universal basic income, demand reduction of the work week’. But they do not explain who the recipient is of these demands. Is there any ...

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Mashines

Hans-Dieter Bahr und der Umgang mit Maschinen

6 Sep , 2017  

Im Zuge der industriellen Nutzung der Elektrizität, des Entstehens neuer Nachrichten- und Verkehrstechniken und -wege (inklusive ihrer teilweisen Verstaatlichung) beginnt gegen Ende des 19.Jahrhunderts der schleichende Prozess der Auflösung der klassischen Maschinerie des Industriezeitalters oder zumindest deren Integration in neue Zusammenhänge. Es findet eine Erweiterung der Verkehrs- und Transportwege aufgrund ...

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Lexicon, Mashines

The Concept of a ‘First Technology’

5 Sep , 2017  

Laruelle, François. “Le concept d’une ‘technologie première’” in Gilbert Simondon: une pensée de l’individituation et la technique. Paris: Albin Michel, 1994. 206-219.

The Concept of a “First Technology”

François Laruelle

A “Unified Theory” of Technics and Technology

In order to define the object of which we speak and to ...

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PhiloFiction

The Transcendental Computer: A Non-Philosophical Utopia

28 Aug , 2017  

Translated by Taylor Adkins and Chris Eby

The unified theory of thought and computing [calcul][2], a unification in-the-last-identity, is a task facing every encyclopedic mind (Morin, Serres). It is also the theme of the transcendental computer (TC), of a machine that would have a transcendental relation to philosophy ...

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Mashines

Automation, Netzwerke und Plattformen (2)

17 Aug , 2017  

Entgegen einer in der Posthumanismus-Debatte weit verbreiteten Position sieht Becker das wirkliche Problem der Automation nicht in der Machtübernahme der Maschinen, sondern in der intensivierten, digitalisierten Kontrolle der Arbeitsprozesse durch das Management. Schon der Kybernetiker Oswald Wiener spricht hinsichtlich der kybernetischen Maschinensysteme von der Nutzanwendung des Menschen durch andere Menschen, ...

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EconoFiction

Schumpeter and Lederer on Growth, Technology, Credit and Business Cycles

10 Aug , 2017  

Panayotis G. Michaelides, John G. Milios and Angelos Vouldi
It is the purpose of the present paper to compare Emil Lederer and Joseph Schumpeter withrespect to their visions concerning the notions of economic growth, technology, credit and business cycles. Lederer, just like Schumpeter, used the distinction between statics and dynamics.
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EconoFiction, Mashines

Automation, Netzwerke und Plattformen (1)

5 Aug , 2017  

Folgt man einer linear konzipierten Genealogie der Technikgeschichte, so beginnt die erste Epoche der Industrialisierung mit der Dampfmaschine, welche von der Epoche der Elektrifizierung und Taylorisierung und diese wiederum von der dritten Epoche der digitalen Automation und der Einführung von Robotern abgelöst wird. Mit der Online-Vernetzung der Maschinen in Echtzeit ...

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EconoFiction

Amazon: Becoming the Market

28 Jul , 2017  

Amazon’s business operations highlight many of the paradoxes of modern imperialism. It provides an efficient delivery of a wide range of goods and services to satisfied customers, but the workers involved in the process are stretched to the limit, and businesses competing with them are liable to come off badly, ...

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EconoFiction

Contemporary schools of thought and the problem of Labour Algorithms

23 Jul , 2017  

Despite the fall of actually-existing socialism, the idea of computerized economic planning continued to be developed by small groups of theorists, who have advanced its conceptual scope further than anything attempted by Soviet cyberneticians. Two schools have been of particular importance: the ‘New Socialism’ of Scottish computer scientists Paul Cockshott ...

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EconoFiction, Mashines

Labor, Automation, and Refusal

13 Jul , 2017  

Marxism has, and had for a quite a long time, a problem with the question of work. This is not to say that Marxism can be confused with the insistence of its antagonist, capitalism, over the relations of labor and production – nowhere in Marx’s own writings do we find ...

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Mashines

The Magical Universe: Gilbert Simondon and Technicity

27 Jun , 2017  

The old idea that man invented tools is … a misleading half-truth; it would be more accurate to say that tools invented man.

—Arthur C. Clarke, Profiles of the Future

Long ago in that pre-history of the hominid ancestral narrative an ape picked up a pointed stick realizing for the ...

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EconoFiction

Die globalen Wertschöpfungsketten und das globale Proletariat

23 Jun , 2017  

Die Automation, deren Anwendung heute ohne den umfassenden Einsatz von Informationstechnologien allerdings nicht möglich wäre, ist seit den 1980er Jahren eine wesentliche technologische Komponente der neuen internationalen Dynamik der Kapitalakkumulation, wobei weltweit einerseits sogar neue Arbeitsplätze geschaffen (vor allem in Asien), andererseits in den Kernländern des Kapitals massenhaft Arbeiter aus ...

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GenericScience

Der Quantifizierungs-Totalitarismus (als die dem finanziellen Kapital adäquate Regierungsform) /1

18 Jun , 2017  

pdf: quantifizierung

Quantifizierungsdispositiv

Die dem finanziellen Kapital adäquate Regierungsform ist der Quantifizierungs-Totalitarismus.  Steffen Mau schreibt in seinem neuen Buch „Das Metrische Wir“ (dem wir hier in weiten Teilen folgen): „Die Forderung nach Transparenz bedeutet in ihrer übersteigerten und letztlich totalitären Form, dass jede und jeder von uns legitimerweise in allen ...

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Necropolitics

Slime ethics: Lovecraft and becoming-alien

16 Jun , 2017  

In recent years H.P. Lovecraft gathered a lot of interest from modern philosophers, most  visibly in the writings of Graham Harman and other speculative realists like Reza Negarestani or Eugene Thacker. His writings were also, perhaps unexpectedly, taken up by queer and feminist theorists like Patricia MacCormack or Donna Haraway. ...

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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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Necropolitics

The Suicidal Civilization: Technopessimism and the Coming Collapse

8 Jun , 2017  

…suicide is the decisive political act of our times.
― Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Precarious Rhapsody
It is not worth the bother of killing yourself, since you always kill yourself too late.
― Emile Cioran, The Trouble with being Born

Base materialism begins in the tomb, a world of death that ...

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Mashines

Im Taumel der Datenfluten (Big Data)

5 Jun , 2017  

Mit dem Begriff »Big Data« (vgl. Manovich 2012/ Mayer-Schönberger, Cukier 2013) verbindet man sowohl das exponentielle Wachstum der Datenmengen (Verdopplung innerhalb von zwei Jahren) als auch die dazugehörigen Aufzeichnungsmaschinen und Auswertungssysteme der Daten (IT-Lösungen und Management-Systeme), die staatliche, substaatliche und private Institutionen anwenden, um Mechanismen wie Kontrollverfahren, Kapitalverwertung und Machtbeziehungen ...

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Mashines

The War Against Humanity: Technology, Capital, Apocalypse

11 Mai , 2017  

In Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844 Karl Marx would ask: (1) What in the evolution of mankind is the meaning of this reduction of the greater part of mankind to abstract labor? (2) What are the mistakes committed by the piecemeal reformers, who either want to raise wages and ...

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GenericScience

Notiz zur Quantenphysik

8 Mai , 2017  

Die Quantenphysik wurde im Jahr 1900 mit Max Plancks Entdeckung eingeführt, die zeigte, dass elektromagnetische Strahlung (Radiation) wie das Licht (hochfrequente elektromagnetische Wellen), von der bis dahin angenommen wurde, dass es sich rein um kontinuierliche wellenähnliche Phänomene handelt, einen diskontinuierlichen Charakter haben kann. Ein weiterer radikaler Schritt wurde später von ...

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GenericScience, Lexicon

Luciana Parisi und das Problem der Berechenbarkeit der Unberechenbarkeit

2 Mai , 2017  

In ihrem Buch Contagious Architecture fordert Luciana Parisi dazu auf, sich von zwei – bis heute maßgeblichen – metacomputationalen Definitionen zu distanzieren, nach denen a) Algorithmen als endliche Quantitäten, oder b) als evolutionäre interaktive Modelle bestimmt werden, wobei letztere auf Sensoren, Prozessoren und Feedback-Prozessen basieren. Parisi glaubt, dass mit der ...

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Necropolitics

Günther Anders: Prometheanism in an Age of Accelerated Possibilities

28 Apr , 2017  

I will provisionally call it ‘Promethean shame’ for myself. I understand this to mean the ‘shame when confronted by the “humiliatingly” high quality of fabricated things (selbstgemachten Dinge).’

—Diary entry, Günther Anders

Technics and Technology have been a force in human existence from the beginning, a notion Günther Anders reminds ...

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EconoFiction, Mashines

Accelerated Fantasies (Lapo Berti)

5 Apr , 2017  

Lapo Berti:

… I have already said how I was struck by the lack of analysis of the Accelerationist hypothesis. I also want to stress that this is the least Marxian, if not the most anti-Marxian, conduct. According to Marx the crucial effort was constituted by the critique of the ...

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Necropolitics

The Governance of the World

5 Mrz , 2017  

The hyper-industrial state of fact takes what Deleuze called control societies, founded on modulation by the mass media, into the stage of hyper-control. The latter is generated by self-produced personal data, collected and published by people themselves – whether knowingly or otherwise – and this data is then exploited by ...

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Mashines

Versity

19 Nov , 2016  

In the wake of the Trump election, there has been a lot of hand-wringing and self flagellation in tech communities about the so-called “filter bubble” created by social media. Was Trump elected by Facebook? Is this “our” Twitter revolution — only in the wrong direction? I wrote about this previously, ...

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EconoFiction, GenericScience

Der Non-Marxismus. Finance. Maschinen. Dividuum/ Das Problem um die Maschinen (Leseprobe)

6 Nov , 2016  

Band 70:
Achim Szepanski: Der Non-Marxismus – Finance, Maschinen, Dividuum
ISBN:

978-3-944233-69-7

Erscheint zur Frankfurter Buchmesse im Oktober 2016
Preis:

38 €

558 Seiten
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documentation

Arthur Kroker: BORN AGAIN IDEOLOGY Religion, Technology, and Terrorism

6 Nov , 2016  

…Covenant technology? That’s the fusion of covenant theology and the will to technology as the essence of the American Republic, from its religious origins to its technocratic future. Here we are in the presence of a momentous alliance of two great historical forces – evangelical theology and technological experimentalism – ...

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documentation, EconoFiction, Lexicon

HILFERDING’S INFLUENCE ON SCHUMPETER: A First Discussion

30 Sep , 2016  

by Panayotis Michaelides and John Milios
Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law School of Applied Mathematics and Physics National Technical University of Athens pmichael@central.ntua.gr, jmilios@hol.gr
Abstract
In the present paper, the origins of some of Joseph Alois Schumpeter’s views are traced back to Rudolf Hilferding’s Finance Capital , regarding ...

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Lexicon, Mashines

Beyond the Fragment: The Postoperaist Reception of Marx’s Fragment on Machines and its Relevance Today

11 Sep , 2016  

Abstract
This paper critiques the purposes to which Marx’s Fragment on Machines  is put in postoperaist thought. I suggest postoperaist readings wield influence on contemporary left thinking, via postcapitalism, accelerationism and ‘Fully Automated Luxury Communism’. Changes in labour lead proponents to posit a crisis of measurability and an incipient communism. ...

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EconoFiction, Mashines, PhiloFiction

Der Non-Marxismus. Finance, Maschinen, Dividuum

2 Sep , 2016  

Der Non-Marxismus ist der erste Text in deutscher Sprache, der es unternimmt, François Laruelles Konzeption des Non- Marxismus im Licht seiner Non-Standard-Philosophie darzustellen. Es ist Laruelles Ziel, die philosophische Komponente des Marxismus so zu reduzieren, dass aus dem Zirkel eines auf sich selbst bezogenen Marxismus ausgebrochen werden kann, um zu ...

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Biopolitics, Mashines

FILTH AS NON-TECHNOLOGHY

14 Jun , 2016  

Fig. 1: Illustration for Lautréamont’s Les Chants de Maldoror (1868-1869). Marco Saccaperni, 2011.

 

I am filthy [Je suis sale]—writes Lautréamont—I am riddled with lice. Hogs, when they look at me, vomit. My skin is encrusted with the scabs and scales of leprosy, and covered with yellowish pus.[i] ...

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EconoFiction, Lexicon, Mashines

Henryk Grossmann 2.0: A Critique of Paul Mason’s Book “PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future”

25 Apr , 2016  

Abstract: This article reviews Paul Mason’s book “PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future”. It discusses Mason’s version of long wave theory, the book’s interpretation of Karl Marx, its analysis of the Grundrisse’s “Fragment on Machines”, and aspects of political struggles and societal change. The conclusion is that Paul Mason ...

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EconoFiction, Lexicon, Mashines

Nick Dyer-Withefords Cyber-Proletariat. Kapitalakkumulation, Kybernetik und proletarische Klasse.

28 Feb , 2016  

Kybernetik und Klasse
Warum von einem globalen Proletariat im Kontext des kybernetischen Kapitals sprechen? Der Begriff „Kybernetik“ besitzt zwei Bedeutungen, zum ersten bezeichnet er die Denkschule, die in den 1930er Jahren ihre Theorien anhand von Experimenten in der Radartechnik, der Ballistik und im Bau der Atomwaffen für das britische und ...

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EconoFiction

RED PLENTY PLATFORMS

16 Feb , 2016  

… Conclusion: For K-ommunism?

Marx (1964), in his famous, or notorious, comparison of the ‘worst of architects’ and the ‘best of bees’, saw the former distinguished by an ability to ‘erect in imagination’ the structure he will create. Today, with our improved knowledge of bee communities, this distinction reeks of ...

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GenericScience

The Computational Decision

12 Jan , 2016  

As various forms of computationalism continue to influence contemporary writing in theory and philosophy, it seems appropriate to reexamine some of the fundamental assumptions and principles of computation, so that we may identify them more readily. In an earlier, characteristically modernist, phase, media theorists like Lev Manovich and others sought ...

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Lexicon, Mashines

Anti-determinism

5 Jan , 2016  

Anti-determinism is a common position today, in both popular and academic conversations alike. Redemptive narratives in social and political theory are usually centered around things like contingency or play, or other mechanisms for eluding determination such as escape or accident. Many associate life itself with anti-determinism, suggesting that the very ...

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Biopolitics, Necropolitics

Digitale Püppchen und Zombies

10 Dez , 2015  

Die technologischen Prozeduren der Medizin-, Wellness- und Fitnessindustrien nehmen den Körper des Menschen selbst zum Material. Jenseits von asketischen Selbstintensivierungspraktiken oder neobuddhistischen Spielereien generieren jene Technologien neue Formate des neuronal-kartographierten Glücks, auf das die Kunden/Konsumenten in Form von biopolitischen, chirurgischen und chemischen Dienstleistungsprogrammen zugreifen können. Diese erzeugen Praktiken und Symbolismen, ...

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EconoFiction, Lexicon, Mashines

The Class Structure of Machinery: Notes on the Value Form

27 Nov , 2015  

The historical development of the means of labour (Arbeitsmittel) as the transformation through labour of nature-given forms into the socially purposive forms of the labour process is simultaneously the ‘naturalization’ of the social forms of instruments of use (Gebrauchsmittel). As a material thing, the means of labour not only mediate ...

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Mashines, NonPolitics

“Fuck off, Google!” Interview with Nick Dyer-Witheford

24 Nov , 2015  

The interview was conducted in Kyiv, Ukraine following a lecture by Nick Dyer-Witheford at the National Technical University of Ukraine “Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” (NTUU KPI). We would like to thank those who brought this lecture and text to life, namely Yurii Dergunov, Volodymyr Ishchenko, Serhiy Odarych, Alona Liasheva and clearly ...

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all, Lexicon

Guy Debord: Beyond the Society of The Spectacle

14 Jul , 2015  

Yet, let us add that the accumulated capital is that of the Subject who has become a total image, immersed in a world of information where reality is nothing but a copy of copies. One of the first texts to begin a critique of representationalism, of the production of reality ...

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Lexicon, Mashines

Lazzarato and Pasolini

21 Jun , 2015  

McKenzie Warks Besprechung des im Jahr 2014  erschienenen Buchs  Signs and Machines: Capitalism and the Production of Subjectivity (Semiotext(e), 2014) von  Maurizo Lazzarato weist diesen als einen wichtigen Denker des Maschinellen in der Nachfolge von Felix Guattari aus.

Ausgangspunkt des Tetxes dürfte die von Lazzarato diagnostizierte Krise des Subjektivität sein, ...

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Lexicon, Mashines

(4) Akzeleration- Der prometheische Wahn oder some stuff about technology

17 Jun , 2015  

Das linke akzelerationistische politische Projekt, insoweit es nicht die Form einer science-fiction-Mythologie (Negarestani) annimmt, fordert zur Herstellung einer Kombinatorik von Plattformen und Organisationen auf, die fähig sind, das Kapital in seinem planetarischen Maßstab zu bekämpfen oder gar zu dominieren. Dazu bedarf es eines Heers von neuen Technokraten und anderer Experten, ...

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Lexicon, Mashines, PhiloFiction

Philosophische Onto-Techno-Logie am Beispiel des Akzelerationismus (1)

15 Apr , 2015  

1) Einleitung

Wir behandeln hier die in letzter Zeit in gewissen akademischen Zirkeln ins Gespräch gekommene Theorie des Akzelerationismus unter den Gesichtspunkten der Technik- und Zeitkritik. Diese neohumanistische und neorationalistische Theorie geht zunächst davon aus, dass soziale Normen und Relationen durch einen neuen pragmatischen Universalismus ohne weiteres verändert werden könnten, ...

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Gosse, Mashines

Panik Medien: Der Tod als Versprechen, der Tod als Investment und als spekulativer Horror

29 Mrz , 2015  

1) Die Medien-Panik und der Selbstmord

Im letzten Teil seiner Erzählung „In alter Vertrautheit“ macht sich David Foster Wallace (dfw) in weiser Voraussicht Gedanken über seinen eigenen kommenden Selbstmord. Ganz in der Paradoxie gefangen, dass man zwar die Absicht eines kommenden Selbstmordes als ein Geheimnis hüten kann, aber das Resultat ...

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