Category Archives: Techne(101)

Reviews of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization By Parag Khanna and Ayesha Khanna

Hybrid Reality by Parag Khanna and Ayesha Khanna Review by R. Carlson This book is an uncritical examinations of technology and culture in which the only conclusions the authors seem capable of drawing regards today's complex global socio-economic reality are that almost all contemporary social and economic problems can be solved by participation in the borderless neo-liberal economy and a shared religious like faith in the technological innovation that it facilitates. The fact that Ayesha Khanna is an advisor to the Singularity University many of whose faculty of techno-inititates hold an almost millennial belief in a "singularity" or an end…

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Machines, Intelligence, Consciousness by Marcel Kvassay

Machines, Intelligence, Consciousness Marcel Kvassay What is consciousness? Can machines have it? Research community is deeply divided when it comes to such questions. In order to demonstrate “an astonishing lack of consensus” among researchers, Sloman and Chrisley (2003) compiled a collection of putative definitions. While some researchers thought consciousness could be “located in specific regions or processes in brains,” others asserted that any “talk about a location for consciousness is a ‘category mistake’.” Some said it was missing when we sleep; others claimed it was present when we dream, and so on. This “Babel of views” signals that our preliminary…

‘Realtime Synthesis’ and the Différance of the Body: Technocultural Studies in the Wake of Deconstruction by Mark Hansen

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="245" caption="Bernard Stiegler (1952-)"][/caption] Mark Hansen Bernard Stiegler's Technics and Time (published in three volumes over the period from 1994-2001, with two further volumes promised) marks an important chance for deconstruction -- a chance for it to (re)enter the terrain marked out by cultural studies. More exactly, Stiegler's work marks the chance for deconstruction (understood, for the moment at least, as a thinking of the aporia of the origin) to put forth its rightful claim to be the necessary -- and now explicitly necessary -- 'ground' for cultural studies. In analyses ranging over mythology and paleontology, contemporary technoscience and phenomenology, Stiegler has developed a highly original philosophy of technology, the central premise of which is that the human…

Murder in the Simulacrum: Bin Laden, Unbelievable Deaths and Depictions of Legal Exceptionality by Binoy Kampmark

Murder in the Simulacrum: Bin Laden, Unbelievable Deaths and Depictions of Legal Exceptionality  Read original article at: C Theory Binoy Kampmark   Yes, the Cathars held the material world to be evil and bad, created by demons. At the same time, they put their faith in God, the holy and the possibility of perfection. - Jean Baudrillard, Der Spiegel Interview, 2002. The enemy is our own question embodied And he will hound us, and we will hound him to the same end - Theodor Däubler A Time Magazine issue released immediately after the assassination of Osama bin Laden, shows the…

‘Reflections on Machine Consciousness,’ by William Irwin Thompson

'The Borg or Borges?: Reflections on Machine Consciousness' by William Irwin Thompson Chap. 4 of Self and Society: Studies in the Evolution of Culture I've taken the liberty of typing in all of Chapter 4 of my copy of this important book, because it powerfully addresses one of the main themes of SCIY, the manifold relationships between science, culture, and consciousness. ~ ron 'The Borg or Borges?: Reflections on Machine Consciousness' "It is a paradox of the work of Artificial Intelligence that in order to grant consciousness to machines, the engineers first labor to subtract it from humans, as they…

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