3 thoughts on “London "Singularity Hypothesis" Event

  1. Hey, David, just bought the kindle version of the book. Looks to be excellent. Enjoyed the video presentation as well!

    Just read your post on Stross, too. Guess I’ve been a little behind times, going to have to catch up on your posts. This conception of a post-Singularity Ethics:

    “… disconnection thesis, being human is a matter of belonging to one of two historical entities: the Wide Human – a socio-technical assemblage – or the Narrow biological species that keeps it going. Neither has been defined in terms of necessary or essential properties.”

    Is there more literature on this? I’ll have to search your site, now.

    Ok found it, here: http://enemyindustry.net/blog/?p=2284

    Going to have to do some research on all this. Thanks for opening my eyes to the new book: and, now, that I opened it up I see your Disconnection Thesis is about mid way in the book… going reading! Take care, David!

  2. Hi Steven,
    Thanks. I have my copy and it’s an incredibly useful text – about as authoritative a collection as I’ve seen on this topic. So thanks for reading it and, if you like it, I know the editors would appreciate a plug or two!
    The last chapter of Posthuman Life (which I’m just in the process of completing) develops a response to the narrowly prudential calculation I make at the end of The Disconnection Thesis and the hyper sketchy Excision Ethos stuff that you’ve kindly commented on.
    The discussion of Accelerationism and the work of Nick Land has been a helpful if not yet addictive cognitive stimulant here. I don’t actually see any problem with the claim that we should use technoscience more effectively and the idea that the left should develop a kind of infrastructure for this is appealing. However, the tools that Left accelerationists like Nick Srnieck and Alex Williams propose to use are arguably at odds with their “Promethean politics of maximal mastery over society and its environment”. I suspect that the multistability and abstraction of modern technique renders it recalcitrant to global control (though local control and accountability may not be a problem). I also think they are right to enjoin morphological experimentation. It’s liable to be a forced choice if we are poised for disconnection, so we need to sample those areas of Posthuman Possibility Space that work. But there is no reason to think that the outcome of this will be a unified, transparent socius. If disconnection is possible, then the result may be more like Bruce Sterling’s Schismatrix. 🙂

  3. Yes, I tend to agree, somewhat. It seems there are so many unknowns as of yet, such as these new technologies of climatology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, bioinformatics, and genomics and how they will play out over the next couple of centuries. As technology and commerce unite and move away from regulation and into these free-trade zones that sit beyond any global governing body we’d be second guessing what paths they will ultimately take. Of course the best sci-fi does just that, tries to envision and push these socio-cultural and technological possibilities to the nth power. What’s interesting is to watch what is happening on both the far Left and Right. Nick Land’s blog has become a center of the new right: what they term neoreactionary… I’ve always tended closer to Murray Bookchin’s urbanist communitarianism with a libertarian socialist flavor.

    Yes, as soon as I finish this book I’ll be working it into a nice post. It is definitely an eye opener to many of the ideas within this new area. Glad to see you becoming published more and more… take care, David!

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