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Autonomous Tools (a fragment)

story © Michael Betancourt | published June 22, 2013 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: DIGITAL CAPITALISM

While the "Luddite Fallacy" clearly applies to some kinds of mechanization--the implementation of machine tools and automated processes which amplify and create efficienciesthe creation of autonomous tools raises fundamental questions about the assumption that new technological innovations that eliminate human labor necessarily simply shift it to other sites within the economy. This assumed validity for the Luddite Fallacy remains true if and only if the invention of autonomous tools do not function in a fashion similar to slaverythat the robot (a word derived from the title of Karel Čapeks 1920 play which means in Czech serf labor")does not displace or entirely replace human labor because it is a conscious agent capable of performing the same essential rolethe intellectual component of facturecurrently held exclusively by human labor. This agency is the difference between an automated process and an autonomous one: the automated process requires the oversight provided by human agency, an autonomous one, by definition, does not (autonomy means there is no required oversight).






 
Bitcoin and the Political Economy

story © Michael Betancourt | published June 18, 2013 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



theory: DIGITAL CAPITALISM

My analysis of Bitcoin has been published on CTheory.

What is apparent in Bitcoin is a dramatic reification of capitalist ideologies and valorization of commercial exchanges as the currency itself (new Bitcoins are mined through the exchange of existing Bitcoins) in a direct expression of the capitalist imperative to expand into new domains: the valorization of social activities -- such as friendship circles, browsing in a bookstore, or shopping without purchasing -- becomes valuable as the "authorship" already present in social media is taken to its logical conclusion as the Bitcoin.






 
Incite #4 Fundraising to Print the next issue

story © Michael Betancourt | published May 22, 2013 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



random art notes

Incite has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the printing of Issue #4, their largest, most ambitious to date, which runs until early July.

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Experiments in Cinema 8.53 Festival DVD

story © Michael Betancourt | published May 16, 2013 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



MICHAEL BETANCOURT NEWS

My movie Antag | Protag is included in the Experiments in Cinema 8.53 Festival DVD set. Every year the festival releaases a DVD with movies shown in their programs, allowing people who couldn't make it to see what was shown. I think this is a great idea and I wish more festivals would do something similar.






 
Dancing Glitch screening @ MUFF 8

story © Michael Betancourt | published May 13, 2013 | permalink | TwitThis Digg Facebook StumbleUpon  |  Print



movies: SHOWS & SCREENINGS

My movie Dancing Glitch, nominated for a Jury Prize, will be showing in the Montreal Underground Film Festival 8 "Caffinated Jitterbugs" program. The MUFF 8 website has the showtimes.

The festival runs from May 24 to 26.