What can we learn from the desire for "full automation?" This phrase originates from a left-accelerationism which advocates liberation from the yoke of technocapitalist subjectivity. But once we peer into the understanding of agency on which this project is premised, a world of alternative causalities, of divine magic and prehistoric animism, opens up. The demand for full automation is related to our nostalgia for an enchanted pre-secular age. How can we bring these spiritual demands in line with our modern conception of freedom?
You can find a full essay version of this talk here: https://subpixel.space/entries/the-desire-for-full-automation/
Toby is a designer and writer based in NYC. He is a partner at strategy and research firm Other Internet. Find him on Twitter as @tobyshorin.