16:48 08/01/2017

via SocialEcologies:

The key here is the concept of efficiency or the Taylorism efffect, which of course in a Weberian form is the outgrowth of the whole Christian world of perfectionism. Something I’ve emphasized before in many blog posts. The terms “perfect” and “perfection” are drawn from the Greek teleios and teleiosis, respectively. The root word, telos, means an “end” or “goal”. In contemporary translations, teleios and teleiosis are often rendered as “mature” and “maturity”, respectively, so as not to imply infallibility or the absence of defects. Rather, in the Christian tradition, teleiosis has referred to progressing towards spiritual wholeness or health. In the secular form that would enter into the concept of efficiency this movement from defect to wholeness or completion, would end in capital accumulation: profits, surplus, excess, etc. would take priority in engineering machines, assembly lines, and the mereology of the machinic or the techno-commercial sphere that in our moment is leading to total efficiency in digital economy and the autonomy of the machinic in robotics and AGI. The elimination of inefficiencies has led to the final struggle of eliminating the human from the equation. Capitalism perfected is a process in which humans are eliminated or expulsed as inefficient, and replaced by machines. In our time even the intelligent human is being set adrift by smart machines that will become more and more intelligent as computational and algorithmic systems come on line over the next century.



18:13 08/01/2017
Srnicek hablando de las plataformas, siguiendo la linea de Bratton:

“The first type is that of advertising platforms (e.g. Google, Facebook), which extract information on users, undertake a labour of analysis, and then use the products of that process to sell ad space. The second type is that of cloud platforms (e.g. AWS, Salesforce), which own the hardware and software of digital-dependent businesses and are renting them out as needed. The third type is that of industrial platforms (e.g. GE, Siemens), which build the hardware and software necessary to transform traditional manufacturing into internet-connected processes that lower the costs of production and transform goods into services. The fourth type is that of product platforms (e.g. Rolls Royce, Spotify), which generate revenue by using other platforms to transform a traditional good into a service and by collecting rent or subscription fees on them. Finally, the fifth type is that of lean platforms (e.g. Uber, Airbnb), which attempt to reduce their ownership of assets to a minimum and to profit by reducing costs as much as possible”. (KL 665-673)

No sé qué es KL.