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Нооскоп: The Nooscope as Geopolitical Myth
Tokareva explores the Nooscope, a vision of planetary scale computation outlined in a pseudoscientific paper and a slide deck. Blurring science and mysticism, the Nooscope resonates with other big data imaginaries but also diverges from them, forming its own Soviet myth of ‘capitalizing the future’.
Wondrous Device: A Historical Reader on the Machine
From Pascal to Leibniz, Marx to Hollerith, this anthology compiles key historical texts on the concept of the machine. In calculating numbers, automating labor and demonstrating intelligence, the machine is not just a mechanism for activity, but part of a longstanding dream seeking to outdo and outlast the human.
A Shining Beacon: The Political Promise of Bitcoin
Cryptocurrencies were never simply another form of money, but presented the promise of anonymous exchange, of trust-less transactions, and of an economy free from the state. From cryptograffiti to dark web posts, the texts in this anthology explore the politics underpinning the Bitcoin dream.