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algorithms

Now the robots may no longer be called Frankenstein or R2D2, but Siri, Alexa, AlphaGo or Yaskawa Motoman

Jason E. Smith, Aron Benanav: Smart Machines and Service Work: Automation in an Age of Stagnation, Automation and the Future of Work

GROWTH: Capitalism, through "creative destruction" and technological disruption, created the conditions for a new cycle of economic growth. But now the trend seems to continue towards zero. Is it a vicious circle of global competition, falling prices, overcapacity, technological inertia (rather than innovation) and falling incentives to invest – which is the cause of capitalism's protracted crisis?

What about surveillance in the digital culture revolution?

Thomas Hylland Eriksen: The planet of apps – how the smartphone changed the world

big tech: The planet of apps is probably one of the richest things you can now read about how we humans "sew together" with communication technology. But what about surveillance?

To look at the present as the past of the future

ACCELERATION: We have interviewed the thinker Armen Avanessian about "accelerationism" and the possibility of a new political thinking.

A liberal left?

Accelerationism: Several thinkers believe it is possible for what they call a rather complacent left to carve out a better and freer future through capitalism and technology.

"You are my creator, but I am your lord – obey!"

FRANKENSTEIN: About killer drones, artificial intelligence and Frankenstein. It has become easier to fight – and more dangerous. If, or when, the machines themselves take over, humanity may suddenly be on the wrong side of the table.

"Personality Disruptive Marketing"

DOPAMIN CAPITALISM: Is "freedom" everyone values ​​so highly, in fact illusory? Today, more and more information is being gathered about our bodies, emotions, habits and brains.

Cheating and deception on Instagram

Nicolaas Veul: #followme – Why fake accounts dominate Instagram

FALSE FOLLOWERS: Everyone is wondering about Instagram. Phenomena such as false followers and false comments are an essential part of an ever-growing black economy. No one knows what's real.

An increasingly nihilistic world

Bernard Stiegler: The Neganthropocene

TECHNOLOGY: The world is becoming more and more nihilistic, as it becomes increasingly clear that humanity is unable to take care of it. The challenge Bernard Stiegler takes on is to show the way to an alternative anthropology – in practice as well as in theory.

Artificial intelligence or human whims?

Hannah Fry: Hello World! How to Be Human in the Age of the Machine

: Mathematician Hannah Fry has explored the shortcomings and possibilities of artificial intelligence. A fruitful division of labor between machine and human is possible – and necessary, she believes.

The algorithms are everywhere

: If current trends in business and consumer culture continue, we may soon have much in common with China's meritocratic and communitarian traditions, writes Mark MacCarthy.

Matt Destruction Weapons

Cathy O'Neil: Weapons of Math Destruction

: In her disturbing story about upcoming computer modeling, computer scientist Cathy O'Neil shows how the numbers themselves widen the gap between those who have and those who do not.