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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043 - Digital Socialism, Part 1
042 - The Implausibility of Intelligence Explosion
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
035 - Climate Technology, Gender, and Justice, with Tina Sikka
031 - Designing Freedom

031 - Designing Freedom

March 13, 2019

In which we discuss Stafford Beer's 1974 book "Designing Freedom". Beer makes the case for a total overhaul of our institutions and organisational methods, by way of management cybernetics.

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030 - Organising Tech, with Wendy Liu & Jason Prado
027 - Xenofeminism, Part 1
026 - Reflections On Metaphorum 2018
025 - Sketches Of Another Future, ft. Andrew Pickering
024 - Transforming Technology, Part 3

024 - Transforming Technology, Part 3

November 14, 2018

In which we conclude our reading of Transforming Technology.

This chapter ties up the theory of the Technical Code, explores Formal and Substantive Bias, and opens up opportunity for radical change of technological society.

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022 - Transforming Technology, Part 1

022 - Transforming Technology, Part 1

October 17, 2018

In which we begin a three-part series on Andrew Feenberg's 2002 book: "Transforming Technology".

This book "rethinks the relationships between technology, rationality, and democracy, arguing that the degradation of labor--as well as of many environmental, educational, and political systems--is rooted in the social values that preside over technological development."

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021 - Accelerate

021 - Accelerate

September 26, 2018

In which we talk about Accelerationism, it's bizarre history, and it's recent Left-wing manifestations.

We read from three articles: "Accelerationism: how a fringe philosophy predicted the future we live in" by Andy Beckett, "Terminator vs. Avatar: Notes on Accelerationism" by Mark Fisher, and "#Accelerate, Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics" by Alex Williams and Nick Srnicek.

(PS: We will never miss an opportunity to dunk on Nick Land.)

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