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computer-mediated circuits of capital // informational capitalism // grammatisation of gesture and big data capitalism
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Grammar of the Multitude - Ten Theses on the Multitude and Post-Fordist Capitalism [Paolo Virno]

The whole of post-Fordist labor-power, even the most unskilled, is an intellectual labor-power, the "intellectuality of the masses."

 

Iuse the term "intellectuality of the masses" for the whole of post-Ford era living labor (not including certain specially qualified industries of the tertiary sector) in that it is a depository of cognitive and communicative skills which cannot be objectified within the system of machines. The intellectuality of the masses is the preeminent form in which, today, the general intellect reveals itself. I hardly need to say that I do not refer in any way to any imaginary erudition of subordinate labor; I certainly do not think that today's workers are experts in the fields of molecular biology or classical philology. As was already mentioned in the preceding days, what stands out is rather the intellect in general, the most generic aptitudes of the mind: the faculty of language, the inclination to learn, memory, the ability to abstract and to correlate, the inclination toward self-reflection...

 

The characteristic aspects of the intellectuality of the masses, its identity, so to speak, cannot be found in relation to labor, but, above all, on the level of life forms, of cultural consumption, of linguistic practices. Nevertheless, and this is the other side of the coin, just when production is no longer in any way the specific locus of the formation of identity, exactly at that point does it project itself into every aspect of experience, subsuming linguistic competencies, ethical propensities, and the nuances of subjectivity.

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Nanomutations, Hypomnemata and Grammatisation [Bernard Stiegler]

This grammatisation of gesture, which is the key to what Marx describes as the process of proletarianisation, i.e., as the loss of knowledge and of know-how, and which continues, with cognitive technologies, as the grammatisation of all kinds of knowledge in general, including linguistic knowledge now transformed into technologies and industries of language, but also the knowledge inherent in what can remain in French as “savoir-vivre,” i.e., behavior in general, from user profiling to the grammatisation of affects, leading to what is known today as cognitive capitalism, which is also cultural capitalism, which I have analysed elsewhere as a hyperindustrial cognitive capitalism, where new forms of transductive relations between processes of psychic, social, technical and scientific individuationi [2] are seen to appear. In this evolution, capitalism, characterised firstly as power gained over bodies, and to this extent as disciplinary society, rapidly becomes a dispositif in the control of consciousness and, ultimately, of the unconscious of individuals, i.e., of that which assures the composition of consciousness and the body. Capitalism thus mutates from disciplinary societies to control societies.

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Captives of the Cloud: Part II | e-flux

Captives of the Cloud: Part II | e-flux | Computational Capital | Scoop.it

The space of flows is absolutely not smooth. It looks like a data center, and the coal plant that powers it. It looks like Julian Assange’s room in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. It looks like the Principality of Sealand. It looks like Sabu’s social housing unit on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The landing from the digital onto the material is hard; it comes with a cruelty and intensity we haven’t even begun to properly understand. Along these lines, we might grasp an emerging political geography of information, resources, and infrastructure. In such a geography, the state and the cloud are among the most important layers, but they are not the only layers by far.

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Decentralization, Design, and the Cloud: Metahaven in Conversation with Eleanor Saitta

Eleanor Saitta is a hacker, designer, artist, writer, and, according to her bio, a barbarian. She is Principal Security Engineer at the Open Internet Tools Project (OpenITP), directing the OpenITP...
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Prosecutor as bully

Prosecutor as bully | Computational Capital | Scoop.it
(Some will say this is not the time. I disagree. This is the time when every mixed emotion needs to find voice.)
Since his arrest in January, 2011, I have known more about the events that began this...
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killed by computational capitalism.

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Google Capitalism [Christian Fuchs]

Google is an antagonistic way of organizing human knowledge. Marx pointed out that knowledge and other productive forces constitute barriers to capital: “The barrier to capital is that this entire development proceeds in a contradictory way, and that the working-out of the productive forces, of
general wealth etc., knowledge etc., appears in such a way that [...] this antithetical form is itself fleeting, and produces the real conditions of its own suspension“ (Marx 1857/1858, 541-542). Google has created the real conditions of its own suspension...

 

Karl Marx stressed that the globalization of production and circulation necessitates institutions that allow individuals to inform themselves on complex conditions. He said that “institutions emerge whereby each individual can acquire information about the activity of all others and attempt to adjust his own accordingly” and that these “interconnections” are enabled by “mails, telegraphs etc.” (Marx 1857/58, 161). Is this passage not the perfect description of the concept of the search engine? We can therefore say that Larry Page and Sergey Brin did not invent Google, but that rather the true inventor of the search engine and of Google was Karl Marx. But if Marx’s thinking is crucial for the concept of the search engine, shouldn’t we then think about the concept of a public search engine?

 

 

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On the Nomos of the Cloud: The Stack, Deep Address, Integral Geography [Benjamin Bratton]

On the Nomos of the Cloud: The Stack, Deep Address, Integral Geography [Benjamin Bratton] | Computational Capital | Scoop.it

In an age of planetary-scale computation, what is the future of sovereign geography? As it is conditioned by globalization, localization, and intermediate zonal regionalisms, by spaces absorbed by networks and networks absorbed by citadels, will some other, unknown political geometry come to enact and enforce the necessary partitions and brackets (border, wall, law, identity) that would program the world according to its alternative plan, and plan it according to its program? For the citizen-subject-user-agent of that future, how can sovereignty itself be redesigned as the organization of another cosmopolitics, another geography, and another world that is not only possible but even inevitable?  These questions are posed in anticipation of an opening-to-come, another “Copernican” transformation of the spatial order that would emerge both in resemblance and against the image of planetary-scale computation as we currently understand it...

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Captives of the Cloud: Part I | e-flux

Captives of the Cloud: Part I | e-flux | Computational Capital | Scoop.it

We are the voluntary prisoners of the cloud; we are being watched over by governments we did not elect.

 

Wael Ghonim, Google’s Egyptian executive, said: “If you want to liberate a society just give them the internet.” But how does one liberate a society that already has the internet? In a society permanently connected through pervasive broadband networks, the shared internet is, bit by bit and piece by piece, overshadowed by the “cloud.”

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The Cloud, the State, and the Stack: Metahaven in Conversation with Benjamin Bratton

The Cloud, the State, and the Stack: Metahaven in Conversation with Benjamin Bratton | Computational Capital | Scoop.it
Benjamin Bratton is a theorist whose work spans Philosophy, Art and Design. He is the Director of the Center for Design and Geopolitics at the University of California, San Diego. In a previous life,...
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