Hickman continues to dazzle and arch-enlighten us; only this time using the notions like attentional capture and algorithmic enslavement to look at how our characteristic human desires are in danger of assimilation into the machinic blur.
I say we resist and shape our futures in ways that retain some semblance of what is most joyous of the human.. I’m feeling more and more unconformable looking at these issues without trying to figure ways and tools for resistance, or redirection, or exploitation.
What can those ontopunks among us who see ‘crash spaces’ as zones of proximal contestation and ontological opportunities do to better bricolage and design adaptive futures for humans?
What say you?
Algorithmic governmentality, by its perfect ‘real time’ adaptation, its ‘virality’and its plasticity, makes the very notion of ‘failure’ meaningless…
—Desrosières, The Politics of Large Numbers
With the advent of the Digital Age time has been out of joint, “the symptoms of a sort of dissonance and of temporal unbalance are multiplying in the sphere of aesthetic sensibility”.1 The rhythm of life is haunted by a sense of acceleration that fragments living experience and sensory perception itself. Time is out of joint—disjointed. As more and more humans in the past twenty years have become netizens, joining with hundreds of millions of others across the planet in the virtual environments of our networks the power of the mind, the cognitive activity coupled to the linguistic machines (i.e., interfaces, computers, mobile devices, etc.) has brought about a disjunction between our natural and artificial environments, allowing us to mutate and metamorphically decouple ourselves from…
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