Things are no longer what they used to be. As more and more things equipped with sensors, assigned a network address and connected to Internetone, things have begun to behave in entirely new, and sometimes rather unpredictable, ways. Like when your new 'smart' baby monitor starts playing The Police's 80s surveillance song completely unmotivated Every Breath You Take in the middle of the night followed by unknown male voices shouting cruel insults of a sexual nature at your infant. Or more dramatically, when your Tesla's autopilot, as it happened in the United States a few years ago, sends you at full speed into the side of a truck, resulting in death.
The two media theorists Mercedes Bunz and Graham Meikle have with their new book The Internet of Things written a critical and readable introduction to this new order of things, where the number of internet-connected things has long since surpassed the number of people on the planet. In 2017, there were 8,4 billion things connected to the web, while reports project this figure for 2020 to be between 26 and 50 billion «smart» devices.
When Google's newly developed algorithm "recognized" an image of two black people as gorillas, it naturally caused scandal.
Things have started to behave, one might say, with that in mind Marx ' analysis of the goods' «metaphysical whims and theological subtleties», as if they were gifted with their own lives and possessed their own will. Marx's most famous example is familiar to most and deals with. . .
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