Engines of Order

A Mechanology of Algorithmic Techniques

Software has become a key component of contemporary life and algorithms that rank, classify, or recommend are everywhere. Building on the philosophy of Gilbert Simondon and the cultural techniques tradition, this book examines the constructive and cumulative character of software and retraces the historical trajectories of a series of algorithmic techniques that have become the building blocks for contemporary practices of ordering. Les mer
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Software has become a key component of contemporary life and algorithms that rank, classify, or recommend are everywhere. Building on the philosophy of Gilbert Simondon and the cultural techniques tradition, this book examines the constructive and cumulative character of software and retraces the historical trajectories of a series of algorithmic techniques that have become the building blocks for contemporary practices of ordering. Developed in opposition to centuries of library tradition, these techniques instantiate dynamic, perspectivist, and interested forms of knowing. Embedded in technical infrastructures and economic logics, they have become engines of order that transform how we arrange information, ideas, and people.

Fakta

Innholdsfortegnelse

Acknowledgements
Credits
Introduction

Part I
1. Engines of Order
2. Rethinking Software
3. Software-Making and Algorithmic Techniques

Part II
4. From Universal Classification to a Postcoordinated Universe
5. From Frequencies to Vectors
6. Interested Learning
7. Calculating Networks: from Sociometry to PageRank

Conclusion: Toward Technical Culture

Index

Om forfatteren

Bernhard Rieder is Associate Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam and a collaborator with the Digital Methods Initiative.