General Intellect Unit
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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020 - Yeoman Coders

020 - Yeoman Coders

August 24, 2018

In which we discuss the politics of Open Source software, starting from Gavin Mueller's article "Microsoft and the Yeoman Coders".

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019 - The Cybernetic Brain, Part 2: Stafford Beer

019 - The Cybernetic Brain, Part 2: Stafford Beer

July 25, 2018

In which we conclude our two-part discussion of The Cybernetic Brain, by Andrew Pickering. This episode covers the chapter on Stafford Beer, and the final chapter, "Sketches of Another Future".

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018 - The Cybernetic Brain, Part 1: Ontological Theatre

018 - The Cybernetic Brain, Part 1: Ontological Theatre

July 4, 2018

In which we begin a two-part discussion of The Cybernetic Brain, by Andrew Pickering. This episode covers the opening two chapters, "The Adaptive Brain" and "Ontological Theatre".

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017 - The Dispossessed, with Fraser Simons
016 - An Intersectional Analysis Of Geoengineering, with Tina Sikka

016 - An Intersectional Analysis Of Geoengineering, with Tina Sikka

May 30, 2018

In which we talk with Tina Sikka about Geoengineering, and an Intersectional analysis of the potential negative effects of the same.

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