General Intellect Unit
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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Extra - State Of The Unit 2018

Extra - State Of The Unit 2018

November 1, 2018

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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023 - Transforming Technology, Part 2

023 - Transforming Technology, Part 2

October 31, 2018

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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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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015 - Technology And The Worker
014 - Markets In The Name Of Socialism

014 - Markets In The Name Of Socialism

May 2, 2018

In which we read "Markets In The Name Of Socialism, The Left-Wing Origins Of Neoliberalism", by Johanna Bockman.

This book "reveals a dialogue among many economists on both sides of the Iron Curtain about democracy, socialism, and markets. These discussions led to the transformations of 1989 and, unintentionally, the rise of neoliberalism."

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013 - Alternatives

013 - Alternatives

April 18, 2018

In which we look at two papers, the Labour Party's "Alternative Models of Ownership", and "How To Change The Course Of Human History" by David Graeber and David Wengrow.

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012 - All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace, Part 3

012 - All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace, Part 3

April 4, 2018

In which we discuss the third and final part of Adam Curtis' documentary film series "All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace".

This episode explores the development of Selfish Gene theory, the spiraling conflicts in Central Africa, and how we came to believe that we were machines ourselves, with no power to change the world for the better.

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