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In this lecture I try to talk about what I've learned over the last years from reading anthropology, philosophy, and from the many discussions around hacking and other contexts. This includes stories and ideas developed in "Utopia of rules" from David Graeber, "Cybernetic revolutionaries" from Eden Medina, "Seeing like a state" and "The art of not being governed" from James Scott, "the cybernetic hypothesis" from the Tiqqun collective, "To our friends" from the invisible committee, and "communication and control in the animal and the machine" from Norbert Wiener. That's a mouthful but i do think we need to move beyond the elitist attitude that our understanding of programming and hacking qualifies us to understand the many cultural, social, and economic arcs of history at play in relation to the rise of software.
Take for example automation. It promised for hundreds of years freedom from toil. Up to a point that kind of worked, surely the invention of the wheel saved us quite the hassle. Almost a hundred years ago, unions brought the 40 hour work week. With thirty-fold increase in productivity since then, where are we now? Many are at more than 40 hours. Arguably, this is not a problem of technology itself, but one of the economic-social framing under which it is put to use. But what does it mean now to try to automate things even more and faster? This also individually felt pressure for more speed certainly means one thing: time becomes our enemy when it could be our ally. Having more and more apps to help us keep up to speed is not liberation, but increased alienation.
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