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033 - Retrospective

4/16/2019
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In which we talk about our first thirty-something episodes, and take time to tie some threads together. No, this isn't a clip-show. If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon. Links: General Intellect Unit on iTuneshttp://generalintellectunit.netSupport the show on Patreonhttps://twitter.com/giunitpodGeneral Intellect Unit on FacebookGeneral Intellect Unit on archive.org

Duration:01:56:42

Extra - Emancipation Network

4/7/2019
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We are joining forces with our friends at Swampside Chats, and From Alpha To Omega, to form the Emancipation Network, a Marxist podcast network and research collective. If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon. Links: emancipation.networkGeneral Intellect Unit on iTuneshttp://generalintellectunit.netSupport the show on Patreonhttps://twitter.com/giunitpodGeneral Intellect Unit on FacebookGeneral Intellect Unit on archive.org

Duration:00:01:02

032 - The Inherent Instability of Disordered Systems

4/2/2019
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In which we (struggle to) read a math paper, The Inherent Instability of Disordered Systems, by Taeer Bar-Yam, Owen Lynch, and Yaneer Bar-Yam. This paper introduces us to the Multi-scale Law of Requisite Variety, and the importance of organisation at multiple scales. The paper also furnishes a proof that disordered systems will inevitably become ordered by forces in their environment. If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon. Links: The Inherent Instability of Disordered...

Duration:00:57:09

Extra - Book Giveaway: People's Republic of Walmart

3/16/2019
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Hey there folks! We're giving away two copies of People's Republic of Walmart, by Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski. All of our patrons will automatically be included in the draw, while non-patrons can enter their email address in this form to add themselves to the draw. Winners will be selected at random on the 31st of March, and will be contacted via Patreon message or email to arrange delivery. To keep this fair, if we don't hear back from an entrant within two weeks, we'll draw...

Duration:00:00:54

031 - Designing Freedom

3/12/2019
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In which we discuss Stafford Beer's 1974 book "Designing Freedom". Beer makes the case for a total overhaul of our institutions and organisational methods, by way of management cybernetics. If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon. Links: Designing Freedom on the Internet Archive (free full ebook)Stafford beer on WikipediaThe Viable System Model on metaphorum.orgGeneral Intellect Unit on iTuneshttp://generalintellectunit.netSupport the show on...

Duration:01:57:23

030 - Organising Tech, with Wendy Liu & Jason Prado

2/19/2019
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In which we talk to Wendy Liu and Jason Prado about tech, worker organising, and open source. If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon. Links: Wendy Liu on TwitterJason Prado on TwitterNotes From BelowGeneral Intellect Unit on iTuneshttp://generalintellectunit.netSupport the show on Patreonhttps://twitter.com/giunitpodGeneral Intellect Unit on FacebookGeneral Intellect Unit on archive.org

Duration:01:11:47

029 - The Player of Games, with Fraser Simons

2/5/2019
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In which we are joined by Fraser Simons to discuss The Player of Games, by Iain M. Banks. If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon. Links: The Player of Games, on WikipediaFraser Simons, on TwitterGeneral Intellect Unit on iTuneshttp://generalintellectunit.netSupport the show on Patreonhttps://twitter.com/giunitpodGeneral Intellect Unit on FacebookGeneral Intellect Unit on archive.org

Duration:02:00:41

028 - Xenofeminism, Part 2

1/22/2019
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In which we continue our discussion of the Xenofeminist Manifesto, with Kira Magrann. The next book we read will be Designing Freedom, by Stafford Beer. If you want to read along with us before the episode airs, you can get the book free from the Internet Archive: https://archive.org/details/DesigningFreedom If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon. Links: Xenofeminism: A Politics for Alienation, on laboriacuboniks.netKira Magrann on TwitterGeneral Intellect Unit on...

Duration:01:09:49

027 - Xenofeminism, Part 1

1/8/2019
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In which we are joined by Kira Magrann to discuss the Xenofeminist Manifesto. If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon. Links: Xenofeminism: A Politics for Alienation, on laboriacuboniks.netKira Magrann on TwitterGeneral Intellect Unit on iTuneshttp://generalintellectunit.netSupport the show on Patreonhttps://twitter.com/giunitpodGeneral Intellect Unit on FacebookGeneral Intellect Unit on archive.org

Duration:01:04:16

026 - Reflections On Metaphorum 2018

12/18/2018
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In which we discuss Shane's experience at the Metaphorum Conference 2018. If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon. Links: Metaphorum websiteStafford Beer on WikipediaNiklas Luhmann on WikipediaGeneral Intellect Unit on iTuneshttp://generalintellectunit.netSupport the show on Patreonhttps://twitter.com/giunitpodGeneral Intellect Unit on FacebookGeneral Intellect Unit on archive.org(Hacked) Syntegration badge:

Duration:00:44:50

025 - Sketches Of Another Future, ft. Andrew Pickering

11/27/2018
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In which we interview Andrew Pickering, author of The Cybernetic Brain. If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon. Links: Borderless ExhibitArtists & Robots ExhibitThe Cybernetic Brain at University of Chicago PressGeneral Intellect Unit on iTuneshttp://generalintellectunit.netSupport the show on Patreonhttps://twitter.com/giunitpodGeneral Intellect Unit on FacebookGeneral Intellect Unit on archive.org

Duration:00:56:39

024 - Transforming Technology, Part 3

11/13/2018
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In which we conclude our reading of Transforming Technology. This chapter ties up the theory of the Technical Code, explores Formal and Substantive Bias, and opens up opportunity for radical change of technological society. If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon. Links: Andrew Feenberg on WikipediaGeneral Intellect Unit on iTuneshttp://generalintellectunit.netSupport the show on Patreonhttps://twitter.com/giunitpodGeneral Intellect Unit on FacebookGeneral Intellect Unit...

Duration:00:58:26

Extra - State Of The Unit 2018

10/31/2018
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An extra episode, for our one-year anniversary, in which we talk about scheduling issues and plans for the year ahead. If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon. Links: General Intellect Unit on iTuneshttp://generalintellectunit.netSupport the show on Patreonhttps://twitter.com/giunitpodGeneral Intellect Unit on FacebookGeneral Intellect Unit on archive.org

Duration:00:09:38

023 - Transforming Technology, Part 2

10/30/2018
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In which we read chapter two of Transforming Technology. This chapter covers the transition to a Socialist society, the role of technology and labour process in that transition, and offers a theory of why previous attempts have largely failed. If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon. Links: Andrew Feenberg on WikipediaGeneral Intellect Unit on iTuneshttp://generalintellectunit.netSupport the show on Patreonhttps://twitter.com/giunitpodGeneral Intellect Unit on...

Duration:00:53:03

022 - Transforming Technology, Part 1

10/16/2018
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In which we begin a three-part series on Andrew Feenberg's 2002 book: "Transforming Technology". This book "rethinks the relationships between technology, rationality, and democracy, arguing that the degradation of labor--as well as of many environmental, educational, and political systems--is rooted in the social values that preside over technological development." If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon. Links: Andrew Feenberg on WikipediaGeneral Intellect Unit on...

Duration:01:34:48

021 - Accelerate

9/25/2018
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In which we talk about Accelerationism, it's bizarre history, and it's recent Left-wing manifestations. We read from three articles: "Accelerationism: how a fringe philosophy predicted the future we live in" by Andy Beckett, "Terminator vs. Avatar: Notes on Accelerationism" by Mark Fisher, and "#Accelerate, Manifesto for an Accelerationist Politics" by Alex Williams and Nick Srnicek. (PS: We will never miss an opportunity to dunk on Nick Land.) If you like the show, consider supporting us...

Duration:01:50:33

020 - Yeoman Coders

8/23/2018
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In which we discuss the politics of Open Source software, starting from Gavin Mueller's article "Microsoft and the Yeoman Coders". If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon. Links: "Microsoft and the Yeoman Coders" at JacobinGeneral Intellect Unit on iTuneshttp://generalintellectunit.netSupport the show on Patreonhttps://twitter.com/giunitpodGeneral Intellect Unit on FacebookGeneral Intellect Unit on archive.org

Duration:01:08:20

019 - The Cybernetic Brain, Part 2: Stafford Beer

7/24/2018
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In which we conclude our two-part discussion of The Cybernetic Brain, by Andrew Pickering. This episode covers the chapter on Stafford Beer, and the final chapter, "Sketches of Another Future". If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon. Links: The Cybernetic Brain at University of Chicago PressStafford Beer on WikipediaGeneral Intellect Unit on iTuneshttp://generalintellectunit.netSupport the show on Patreonhttps://twitter.com/giunitpodGeneral Intellect Unit on...

Duration:02:00:34

018 - The Cybernetic Brain, Part 1: Ontological Theatre

7/3/2018
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In which we begin a two-part discussion of The Cybernetic Brain, by Andrew Pickering. This episode covers the opening two chapters, "The Adaptive Brain" and "Ontological Theatre". If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon. Links: The Cybernetic Brain at University of Chicago PressGeneral Intellect Unit on iTuneshttp://generalintellectunit.netSupport the show on Patreonhttps://twitter.com/giunitpodGeneral Intellect Unit on FacebookGeneral Intellect Unit on archive.org

Duration:01:18:54

017 - The Dispossessed, with Fraser Simons

6/12/2018
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In which we talk with Fraser Simons about Ursula K. Le Guin's 1974 novel, The Dispossessed. If you like the show, consider supporting us on Patreon. Links: The Dispossessed on WikipediaFraser Simons on TwitterGeneral Intellect Unit on iTuneshttp://generalintellectunit.netSupport the show on Patreonhttps://twitter.com/giunitpodGeneral Intellect Unit on FacebookGeneral Intellect Unit on archive.org

Duration:01:25:43