After Nature : The Dynamic Automation Of Technical Objects

Parisi, Luciana. 2017. After Nature : The Dynamic Automation Of Technical Objects. In: Jami Weinstein and Claire Colebrook, eds. Posthumous Life: Theorizing Beyond the Posthuman. New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 155-178. ISBN 9780231172158 [Book Section]

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The dominance of information technologies in contemporary culture has led to the widespread use of algorithmic processing that has transformed our conception of automation. It has been argued that the information age reveals a condition in which the overlap between automation and autonomy has been triggered by the speed of algorithmic procedures of evaluation, control, and decision-making. This article discusses the relation between digitalization and computation by questioning Gilbert Simondon’s energetic view of machines within the context of the historical development of the mechanization of logic.

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Philosophy of Technology; Gilbert Simondon; Cybernetics; automation

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies


1 March 2017Published

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07 Aug 2018 10:50

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13 Jun 2021 23:43


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