Archive for the 'technology' Category

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In which we talk to Wendy Liu and Jason Prado about tech, worker organising, and open source.

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In which we are joined by Fraser Simons to discuss The Player of Games, by Iain M. Banks.

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In which we continue our discussion of the Xenofeminist Manifesto, with Kira Magrann.

The next book we read will be Designing Freedom, by Stafford Beer. If you want to read along with us before the episode airs, you can get the book free from the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/DesigningFreedom

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In which we are joined by Kira Magrann to discuss the Xenofeminist Manifesto.

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In which we discuss Shane's experience at the Metaphorum Conference 2018.

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In which we interview Andrew Pickering, author of The Cybernetic Brain.

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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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An extra episode, for our one-year anniversary, in which we talk about scheduling issues and plans for the year ahead.

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In which we read chapter two of Transforming Technology.

This chapter covers the transition to a Socialist society, the role of technology and labour process in that transition, and offers a theory of why previous attempts have largely failed.

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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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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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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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