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TOMAS CIUCELIS: The Dark Matter of Heidegger's “Black Notebooks”

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My comment apropos the havoc over Heidegger's recently published "Black Notebooks."

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TOMAS CIUCELIS: Ideology of dreams

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A little bit about sreens, dreams and technology.

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TOMAS CIUCELIS: Media archeology of enjoyment

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Nasa considers capturing an asteroid, setting it to orbit the moon

Nasa considers capturing an asteroid, setting it to orbit the moon | TECHNO-PHILOSOPHY | Scoop.it
That brings the idea of terraforming to another level: now it's astroforming. It is only natural (and there is no need to look for a substitute for this word, because there is no such thing as 'nature' anymore; there is no contradiction here) that this techno-scientific strategy will be replicated in all our endeavours. It is hard not to be haunted by the ghost of Heideggerian 'standing reserve' here. Every object—micro as well as macro-object—is now turned into a resource before we know it: i.e., before we know it in its original milieu, habitat, or eco-/astro-system. But what kind of knowledge we are missing here? Ancient-Greece-style-observation-based contemplations? There is obviously no time for that. Always shoot first and ask questions later. We will bring the asteroid closer, put it into an orbit around the Moon, mine it, use it as a prop for further missions and 'do the science,' if we're still lucky to have some original pieces intact.
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Who Will Recognise Humanity 2.0 - And Will It Recognise Us?

Who Will Recognise Humanity 2.0 - And Will It Recognise Us? | TECHNO-PHILOSOPHY | Scoop.it
Steve Fuller, Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick recently spoke at Virtual Futures 2.0'11. Within his talk he discussed the ideas of transhumanism and posthumanism.
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Tomas Čiučelis: Heidegger and Television

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It is still a bit surprising that Heidegger, a major figure in philosophy of technology, didn't leave any systematic reflections on radio and television, even though he was obviously familiar with both of these technologies from the pre-WW2 era. The fact that mid-20 century media remained outside Heidegger's theoretical scope might indicate the presence of "modernist fundamentalism" (and it is the same modernism, which found the threatening dimension in the technologies of post-Industrial revolution). It's quite peculiar that at the end of his life he became interested in television after all... but only as a medium for broadcasting the soccer games.

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Intelligence on Artificial Intelligence

As far as artificiality is concerned, the question of intelligence is not a philosophical question anymore; it's the question of technology.

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Bernard Stiegler (Keynote, 2012)

Recently read lecture on the Age of Web, new modes of knowledge, tertiary retention, transindividuation, transformation of the 'reading brain' to the 'digital brain', neuromarketing, etc. Warning: Stiegler's English requires... patience. And his lecture requires time; time to think, that is.

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Jussi Parikka: What is Media Archaeology? — out now

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A new book by media theorist Jussi Parikka.

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The Forgetting Pill Erases Painful Memories Forever

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..And it can probably erase the memory of me experiencing a light panic while reading this article. Somehow we are more concearned about forgetting things, and not remembering. Especially when we're talking about dealing with traumatic experiences, which have always been at the core of human psyche. How often do we hear about the memory-enhancing pills? Or pills/practices which would help us to DEAL WITH the traumatic experiences? From psychological point of view, the function of forgetting pill is to prevent us from resolving traumas while hiding our heads in the sand. And for our cynical minds one thing should be obvious: the forgetting pill will prove itself most useful in the military domain and that might be one of its main applications.

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Andy Miah: Transhumanism and Technoethics

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Via Robert Farrow
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Steen Christiansen: Dissemination

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Steen is an associate professor of literature and visual studies at Aalborg University, Denmark. My main interests are hauntology, media aesthetics and visual culture.

The Dissemination website features some of his research with really interesting texts.

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German Media Theorist Wolfgang Ernst

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THE ARCHIVE AS METAPHOR. From Achival Space To Archival Time (by Wolfgang Ernst):

http://archivepublic.wordpress.com/texts/wolfgang-ernst/

 

ARCHIVE RUMBLINGS. Interview with German media archeologist Wolfgang Ernst (By Geert Lovink):

http://www.nettime.org/Lists-Archives/nettime-l-0302/msg00132.html

 

ARCHIVAL PHANTASMS. Between Imaginary Museum and Archive: Cyberspace (By Wolfgang Ernst):

http://amsterdam.nettime.org/Lists-Archives/nettime-l-0012/msg00115.html

 

WOLFGANG ERNST on Jussi Parikka's website:

http://jussiparikka.net/category/wolfgang-ernst/

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Sobre metáfora e processos de pesquisa em arqueologia das mídias, vejam Wolfgang Ernst e sua discussão sobre arquivos.

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TOMAS CIUCELIS: The screen is dead, long live the screen

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"The new media window stops being dependent on its form. We still call it a window, but not in the architectural sense anymore — it is a screen as a "veil." 

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TOMAS CIUCELIS: Hacking Times

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'It's about the time, and the way we feel about it. 


One of those interesting ways to reflect on how "time" is embodyed in technologies, is imagining what would it mean to experience this embodiment. The very moment we encounter a word "time" as an utterance, text, or thought, it opens up a whole totality of meanings and possibilities: it can be the date on a wall callendar (which is found — more often than not — on the screen), a clock (which is found — more often than not — on the screen), an old postcard (which is f. . .), etc. It must have — and it most often does — some particular meaning, one of the countless others, even if it's just a romantic generalization "oh, time..."'

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TOMAS CIUCELIS: In Defense of Incalculable: Big Data and the Un-dead Theorist

TOMAS CIUCELIS: In Defense of Incalculable: Big Data and the Un-dead Theorist | TECHNO-PHILOSOPHY | Scoop.it
Quick comment written after reading Ian Steadman's 'Big data, language and the death of the theorist' in Wired UK [http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-01/25/big-data-end-of-theory]

 

A theorist can (and will) die, indeed, that is quite a probabble event. S/he can commit suicide as a result of a nervous breakdown, exhaustion, or loss of faith in something essentially humane. Theorist can also die in an accident caused by some crucial miscalculation. And death can be a calculable event as well——when it actually happens. But until then (when?) there is also a potential chance to make some incalculable reflections about this calculability.

It is the theorist who makes a resolution to understand The Data itself instead of competing with data crunching supercomputers <...>

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Tomas Čiučelis: They Say, Jump!

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It is a strange and firmly established norm of fusing the willingness to test the boundaries of technology (and dominant technological ideology) with the willingness to risk one's own life. Even with Fearless Felix (or any other subject) dead as a result of this test, the boundaries of technology still would have been tested sucessfully. Where personal test ends, the test conducted by the Other begins. And having in mind that during all these four hours the major part of Baumgartner's performance was concerted by the 'command center', the most signifficant manifestation of his personall will (his personal test) was the actual jump, this tiny moment of choice. But there is a chance, that this choice was also a false choice: you have a right to choose from any of the available options with the condition, that you will make the right choice. So, what is the right choice?

And there he was, trapped in the totally ideological and totally mediated spectacle.

Quick comment on a quick comment of a friend, philosopher Ivan Flores Arancibia.

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Tomas Čiučelis: Between Possibility and Necessity: Get Online with God

"In the 1960-ies Lynn White Jr. has made a major contribution to the history of technology by introducing a new concept of Middle Ages as a highly technologized era. Among many points he made in his thorough research (here I'm referring to: Lynn White Jr., "Cultural Climates and Technological Advance in the Middle Ages", Viator 2 (1971)), was one regarding the role of technological achievements within the context of Christianity. Medieval Church (mostly Western European, as opposed to the Orthodox East) was quick to embrace and institutionalize various technological inventions. For example, . . ."

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Tomas Čiučelis: The Moment

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It is the moment when the signified is seen. The signified instead of signifier. The moment which is hard to keep and hard to reflect upon. The moment when we take time to think. The moment of a calm reflection. It might seem that this moment is always present at hand, that it is not being constantly denied or taken, carried away. But in that case we are not approaching anything because we don't want to be approached. In other words—recognized as the ones who are actually taking their time to think, and not just being taken by time. But then, what is time?
Before trying to answer this question, let us allow the possibility of an idea of "technological time."
This text for me as an author is a way (or one might be tempted to say "a practice") to trace the existence of this time, and at the same time, to acknowledge the ability to reflect about and withdraw from it.

 

T.b.c.

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Remembering the Origins of Mediology: Old Interview with Regis Debray

Creating a discipline he calls "mediology," Debray has investigated how it is that abstract ideas can end up as world-changing ideologies. Today, he is developing a new theory of the transmission of ideas through history, to grasp how words become flesh, ideas ideologies.

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Taking Time to Think

We don't have to learn. We don't even have to download and store the knowledge as we did it in the spirit of the pre-Cloud Internet. All we need to do is stay connected and pay attention (the span of which has shortened from 15min in 1960 to 4s in 2010) and let the digital technology do the work by distributing the facts of our encounters with the objects of interest. The process of applying the k...nowledge is being gradually externalized by diverting the mental traffic from the brains to the techno-objects. In that respect, it is us who are the extentions of media, and not the opposite.

 

Well-established techno-personality is defined by the ability to effectively connect the bits of knowledge - without memorizing - into the personalized digital networks. The networks which, despite of their potential and complexity, are external technological structures.

 

There is this fascinating relationship between technology and time. And there is also a curious link between thinking and time. But the origin of these relationships can not be unravelled unless we take time to think.

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Biological Life as an Extension of Technology

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Wired.com: NASA Wants to Power Robots With Microbes

 

The exhaustive fission of radioactive nuclei will be substituted with reproductive fission of bacteria. Life becomes an energy source for the technology in a rather literal sense.

 

"At the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, space roboticists are investigating the feasibility of building an army of tiny, autonomous robots -- each powered by bacteria -- to explore the solar system."

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Jeffrey Weinstock: Spectrality in Culture

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"The ghost is that which interrupts the presentness of the present, and its haunting indicates that, beneath the surface of received history, there lurks another narrative, an untold story that calls into question the veracity of the authorized version of events. As such, the contemporary fascination with ghosts is reflective of an awareness of the narrativity of history."

 

––Jeffrey Weinstock, "Spectral America". Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004, p. 5

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Robert Pepperell: The Posthuman Condition

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The Posthuman Condition is a way of describing human nature at this time in our history. It refers to a period after Humanism in which humans can no longer be regarded as unique, distinct from or superior to the world around them. Consequently we must adapt our understanding of the nature of mind, reality, and what it is to be human. This blog contains raw notes and ideas in progress.

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