MATTEO PASQUINELLIThe Machines of the Anthropocene: On the Transformation of Labour into Energy and Information
The history of industrial civilization can be depicted as a bicephalous chimera whose heads grew out of the same machine, innervated each other and, after further metamorphoses, still attempts to hegemonize each other. The two heads are Energy and Information. They initiated and extended two technological lineages: the civilizations of Carbon and Silicon respectively, the one of energy as a medium of motion and the one of energy as a medium of control and communication. In an attempt to recombine the energy theory of labour (as manual and energetic activity) with information theory as a source of intelligence that gives form to energy, Pasquinelli introduces two notions — carbosilicon machine and cyberfossil capital — in order to rethink social autonomy in the Anthropocene.
Matteo Pasquinelli is Professor in Media Philosophy at the University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe. He recently edited the anthology Alleys of your Mind: Augmented Intelligence and its Traumas (2015) and together with Wietske Maas, he authored the Manifesto of Urban Cannibalism. His upcoming monograph on Verso Books is provisionally titled The Eye of the Master: Capital as Computation Cognition.