General Intellect Unit
052 - Down and to the Left, with Tom O’Brien

052 - Down and to the Left, with Tom O’Brien

March 16, 2020

In which we chat with Tom O'Brien (host of From Alpha To Omega) about the Coronavirus pandemic, and what it all means for the future of society.

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051 - Riding for Deliveroo, with Callum Cant

051 - Riding for Deliveroo, with Callum Cant

March 4, 2020

In which we talk to Callum Cant about his new book, "Riding for Deliveroo: Resistance in the New Economy".

"What is life like for workers in the gig economy? Is it a paradise of flexibility and individual freedom? Or is it a world of exploitation and conflict? Callum Cant took a job with one of the most prominent platforms, Deliveroo, to find out.

 

His vivid account of the reality is grim. Workers are being tyrannised by algorithms and exploited for the profit of the few – but they are not taking it lying down. Cant reveals a transnational network of encrypted chats and informal groups which have given birth to a wave of strikes and protests. Far from being atomised individuals helpless in the face of massive tech companies, workers are tearing up the rulebook and taking back control. New developments in the workplace are combining to produce an explosive subterranean class struggle – where the stakes are high, and the risks are higher.

 

Riding for Deliveroo is the first portrait of a new generation of working class militants. Its mixture of compelling first-hand testimony and engaging analysis is essential for anyone wishing to understand class struggle in platform capitalism."

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050 - Organizing for Power, Part 2
049 - Organizing for Power, Part 1

049 - Organizing for Power, Part 1

February 6, 2020

In which we read "Organizing for Power: Stealing Fire from the Gods", by Amelia Davenport. Part two will air in two weeks.

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048 - Cooperative Self-Management, with Loomio
047 - Organisational Closure and Autopoiesis
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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