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 […]

7
Jun

Towards a Techno-digrammatics (part II)

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

4
Apr

Towards a Techno-diagrammatics (part I)

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 This notion is the product of my study of an old, unpublished manuscript Stafford Beer developed during his last visit to Chile in June-July 1973; a document in which he attempted to model the dynamics of contemporary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

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

√ / Radicalismo

[This note is, for now, only available in Spanish. Entschuldigen Sie.] Pensar las máquinas, convocarlas, (de)construirlas, re-situarlas —todas tareas de investigadores de medios, de alguna filosofía, de artistas mediales y, también, de ciertos ingenieros y diseñadores— requiere de una aproximación radical en dos sentidos del término: por una parte, radical en tanto que descentramiento que permite […]

Máquina de escribir

[This note is, for now, only available in Spanish. Entschuldigen Sie.] Una reflexión contemporánea sobre la noción de máquina puede partir con una breve discusión sobre un aparato (en) particular: la máquina de escribir. Esto, pues en ella es posible visualizar, con relativa facilidad, tres cuestiones que son fundamentales para abordar tal asunto; a saber, la fragmentación del lenguaje […]

Arqueología

[This note is, for now, only available in Spanish. Entschuldigen Sie.] Con Arqueología aquí, no queremos hablar de la ciencia y práctica que, literalmente, desentierra objetos y trozos de antiguas civilizaciones, como se ha dado, por ejemplo, con los mausoleos egipcios o con las momias chinchorro en el norte de Chile. Alternativamente, más bien, queremos referir […]