General Intellect Unit
046 - Eliza, Part 2

046 - Eliza, Part 2

November 13, 2019

In which we finish our discussion of Eliza, a game by Zachtronics.

"After abandoning her high-powered tech career and a mysterious three-year absence, Evelyn Ishino-Aubrey resurfaces working as a proxy for a virtual counseling app called Eliza. Her job consists solely of reading a script provided to her in real-time by an AI, leaving her no autonomy over what she says. Is Eliza a technological marvel that brings therapy to those who otherwise couldn’t access it? Or is it an ineffective replacement and another vector for technology companies to gain control over our lives and humanity?"

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045 - Eliza, Part 1

045 - Eliza, Part 1

October 31, 2019

In which we play Eliza, a game by Zachtronics.

"After abandoning her high-powered tech career and a mysterious three-year absence, Evelyn Ishino-Aubrey resurfaces working as a proxy for a virtual counseling app called Eliza. Her job consists solely of reading a script provided to her in real-time by an AI, leaving her no autonomy over what she says. Is Eliza a technological marvel that brings therapy to those who otherwise couldn’t access it? Or is it an ineffective replacement and another vector for technology companies to gain control over our lives and humanity?"

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044 - Digital Socialism, Part 2
043 - Digital Socialism, Part 1
042 - The Implausibility of Intelligence Explosion
041 - (Re)Designing Freedom, with Swampside Chats, Part 2
040 - (Re)Designing Freedom, with Swampside Chats, Part 1

040 - (Re)Designing Freedom, with Swampside Chats, Part 1

August 22, 2019

A collaboration episode with Swampside Chats, in which we (re)read Stafford Beers "Designing Freedom", and zoom off on all kinds of tangents along the way. Part two will air next week.

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039 - The Necessity of Extended Autopoiesis

039 - The Necessity of Extended Autopoiesis

August 7, 2019

In which we read "The Necessity of Extended Autopoiesis" by Nathaniel Virgo. (Our reading of) this text treks through cybernetics, gaia theory, deleuzian metaphysics and biology, converging on an understanding of the relation between bodies and processes.

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038 - The Viable System Model

038 - The Viable System Model

July 15, 2019

In which we discuss the Viable System Model, by Stafford Beer. We read "The VSM Guide" by Jon Walker, and "The Viable System Model as a Framework for Understanding Organizations" by Raul Espejo and Antonia Gill.

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037 - The People’s Republic of Walmart, Part 2
036 - The People’s Republic of Walmart, Part 1
Extra - GIU Community Discord Server
035 - Climate Technology, Gender, and Justice, with Tina Sikka
034 - Platform Capitalism, with Bob Neubauer
033 - Retrospective

033 - Retrospective

April 17, 2019

In which we talk about our first thirty-something episodes, and take time to tie some threads together. No, this isn't a clip-show.

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