The Entropycene

November 23rd, 2014

A diagram sketched during the Anthropocene Campus at HKW Berlin to illustrate and simplify the transformation of the entropic regimes across the agricultural, industrial and information revolutions (and the feedback effects on previous technological stages). A diagram to start framing industrial revolution and information revolution within the Anthropocene debate, both understood as the combination of flows of energy, matter, labour, information, capital within the structure of the thermal engine first and the Turing machine later. Industrial revolution re-organized and accelerated agriculture. Information revolution reorganized and accelerated industrialization and agriculture too. ‘Almost no entropy’ is of course an ironic note. Missing here is the vector of capital accumulation to show the Great Devalorisation crisis after the rise of the knowledge/network society that led to the financial crisis.



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