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Automatic Society - Volume 1, the Future of Work


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Introduction: Functional Stupidity, Entropy and Negentropy in the Anthropocene 1 1 The Industry of Traces and Automatized Artificial Crowds 19 2 States of Shock, States of Fact, States of Law 41 3 The Destruction of the Faculty of Dreaming 65 4 Overtaken: The Automatic Generation of Protentions 93 5 Within the Electronic Leviathan in Fact and in Law 127 6 On Available Time for the Coming Generation 157 7 Energies and Potentials in the Twenty-First Century 182 8 Above and Beyond the Market 208 Conclusion: Noetic Pollination and the Neganthropocene 226 Notes 248 Index 322

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Bernard Stiegler is the Director of Cultural Development at Centre Pompidou, Paris.


"As Stiegler shows in this important work, there is a glaring and dangerous absence of critical thinking about automation and its effects on political and economic life. His argument is profoundly important: we must interrogate the production and maintenance of automatisms in contemporary life in order to prepare the way for what he calls a dis-automatization of society. Stiegler's vision for the future calls for the foundation of a new human order in the midst of the Anthropocene, against the entropic violence of capitalism in its current algorithmic guise." David Bates, UC Berkeley "At once a bracing critique of algorithmic governmentality, with its accompanying specter of mass unemployment as automated labor displaces humans, and a hopeful call for reversing the ecological devastation of the Anthropocene, Stiegler lays out a blueprint for catalyzing our entry into what he calls the Neganthropocene, an era where knowledge trumps information and human well-being comes before capitalist profits. This provocative book will be of interest to anyone worried about where we are headed and eager to embrace a more positive future." N. Katherine Hayles, Duke University

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