Amsterdam, 25 Apr. Chaos Computing at Drift Festival

April 25th, 2015

On Saturday, April 25, at 11pm, I will give a talk at → festivaldrift.nl

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Chaos Computing: From Machinic Subjectivity to the Traumas of Augmented Intelligence

Deleuze and Guattari often stressed capitalism’s force of deterritorialization, that is the capacity to open up new territories of exploitation and inaugurate further zones of instability, turbulence and chaos — that is the capacity to orchestrate and manipulate abnormalities rather than normalities (unlike Foucault’s reading of biopower). Naomi Klein has illustrated as well this modus operandi of capitalism in her book The Shock Doctrine. It will not be arbitrary one day to reframe the thought of the 20th century and its intelligent machines as a quest around the positive definition of chaos, trauma and catastrophe — always understood in their cognitive, technological and also political combination. It may be surprising for some to learn that Foucault’s history of madness was sharing common roots with cybernetics and its error-friendly universal machines. My contribution will draw a parallel history of the notions of chaos, trauma and catastrophe in Continental philosophy and cybernetics.

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