Thinking about Making (Thinking Machines)

Last week I attended the Semiotic Machines conference here in Berlin. At the opening panel on the first day, the philosopher Beatrice Fazi said something that intrigued me and has kept me thinking ever since. She said – I’m paraphrasing from memory here – that in order to address the challenges that AI systems pose […]

10
Feb
Top view of a Raspberry Pi 5

LLMs, Hardware, and Technológos

Last week I installed and ran an LLaMA 2 model on my wife Barbara’s Raspberry Pi 5. I conducted this small experiment to present a more concrete discussion of Wolfgang Ernst’s notion of technológos in an article I was writing – more on that below. My aim was to explain and problematize the relation between […]

6
Oct

New book: Frictions

Our book Frictions: Inquiries into Cybernetic Thinking and Its Attempts towards Mate[real]ization has recently been published by meson press. The open access PDF version is free, and I invite you all to download it. Similarly, print copies can be purchased online from the vendors listed on meson’s website. Please consider recommending our book to your […]

json of my Life

A couple of weeks ago I got an email from Google saying that my Location History data would be erased soon since I haven’t used their tracking service for a while. In fact, I now think that the only reason why I stopped using that feature – which probably I never turned on myself but […]

7
Jun

Towards a Techno-digrammatics (part II)

As a continuation of an earlier post, this entry aims to explain in a little more detail my work around the notion of techno-diagrammatics and Beer’s Cybernetic Model of Contemporary Capitalism. As I expected, I discussed elements of this work in two meetings. In April, I participated in project Antikythera’s Synthetic Catallaxy workshop in Mexico […]

Tecnología e Historia (del Diseño)

[This post is, for now, only available in Spanish] El año 2020 escribí un ensayo que me hizo pasar un mal rato. Lo escribí para un Call for Papers con el que un journal chileno invitaba a abordar la relación entre historia del diseño y tecnología. Titulado “Qué historia, qué tecnología, qué diseño”, el texto […]

4
Apr

Towards a Techno-diagrammatics (part I)

For some time now, I have been working with what I call techno-diagrammatics. This notion is the product of my study of an old, unpublished manuscript that Stafford Beer developed during his last visit to Chile in June-July 1973; a document in which he attempted to model the dynamics of contemporary capitalism, and which I […]

On Benjamin Bratton’s “The Revenge of the Real”

I have just finished reading Benjamin Bratton’s last book, The Revenge of the Real: Politics for a Post-pandemic World, and, given the urgency and relevance of this project, I think that an open, broad, and collaborative reflection is needed – one that, I hope, will unfold from multiple sources and actors. Thus, aiming to contribute, […]

Inter-Phases of the (in)Docile Bodies – a Workshop

[This is a bilingual note. See English version below.] Hace un par de semanas, en el contexto de la conferencia Constituir lo común organizada por el núcleo de investigación chileno en arte, performatividad y activismo, NMAPA, tuve la suerte de dirigir un taller sobre interfaces – como me pidieron –, que sin embargo terminé llamando […]

26
Jan

Bucles

After a long process of informal interaction and collaboration, Dusan Cotoras, Joaquin Zerené, and I have finally decided to consolidate our efforts in a joint platform of research. We have called this project Bucles, which is the Spanish word for loops. Through this project we are hoping to achieve two goals: on the one hand, […]

8
Oct

Applied Cybernetics

Going from November 2019 to February 2020, and taking place both in Humboldt University of Berlin and the Einstein Center Digital Future, the Applied Cybernetics lectures series was a project I coordinated and curated, aiming to develop an open discussion on the frictions that may have emerged when cybernetic thinking and its conceptual frameworks were […]

As in the radio?

[This note is a bilingual one —English and Spanish—, even though the referred content is only available in Spanish] [EN] A few months ago, the Anilla unit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile, invited me to take part of their podcast, Irrupciones en el MAC [Irruptions at the MAC]. Eventually, that became […]

Kittlerspolitik

[This is, for now, a Spanish only note. English translation will come soon.] En el taller sobre Cibernética, Información y Algoritmos celebrado justamente ayer lunes 28 de septiembre en ese lugar múltiple que se va construyendo desde y con plataformas de teleconectividad como Zoom, y que convocó principalmente a investigadores y académicos de Argentina, Chile […]

On technological automation

[This is a bilingual note. Español más abajo.] [EN] Last June 8th, I had the joy and privilege of opening the Forum on Current States of the Technological Automation organized by the Chilean publishing house, Qual Quelle. More concretely, it was an initiative put together by the philosopher Zeto Bórquez, who was not only able […]

Cybernetics of Exchange

During this summer semester 2020 (April to July/August-September), I will be teaching a seminar class for Master students at the Institute of Musicology and Media Sciences of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The class will be connected to some of the developments coming from my doctoral research on project Cybersyn, and hence it will tackle the concept […]

Open note: Couplings

Why is that us, humans, want to get close/er to the machines? Last Wednesday we had the first lecture of our series on Applied Cybernetics. There, Dr. Stefan Höltgen gave a talk on the Actualization of Cybernetic Learning, through which he presented the work he and his team did restoring the MORE computer; a device […]

Archive / Archivo

[This is a bilingual note. Español más abajo.] [EN] The notion of the archive has been particularly important for our countries —I think of you, oh, South-America!—. Fields in the humanities such as art history and visual studies, and somehow cultural studies too, have pointed out the central role of this notion when it comes to […]

Paul Virilio: disciplinary transits and dwelling

[This is a bilingual note. Español más abajo.] [EN] Last month, the French thinker Paul Virilio died. We knew about it on September 18th, and today, thanks to the obituaries, we know that the so-called Blitzkrieg Baby past away on the 10th day of that month (Wark, 2018; Bishop & Parikka, 2018). All the more, those homage-texts […]

Universal Turing Machine

[This note is, for now, only available in Spanish. Entschuldigen Sie.] La Máquina Universal de Turing —en mayúsculas e itálicas— debe primeramente comprenderse como una máquina teórica; y al mismo tiempo, como una máquina de papel, en ambos sentidos de la palabra. Este dispositivo, el cual es recurrentemente nombrado en campos tales como los estudios y […]