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We all irrefutably live in the Digital Age. Man’s transition into the Modern Age and the invention of various types of machines and technology was a transition that could be seen and experienced. However, the transition into the Digital Age is more insidious. In this ontology book, Mark Jarzombek presents the timeline of this gradual adaptation and how it made the norm.

This book takes a new look at the digital world we live in. Instead of starting with the issue of technology or social media, it looks at integrating technology into our sense of Self. The digital world has so thoroughly transformed our sense of Self that we no longer can ask conventional questions about who we are. Paranoia, once considered an illness, is now a new natural. And instead of a singular deity, we now have multiple corporate scaled ‘deities’ that define our metaphysical relationships to the world. And even though the digital world aims to operate smoothly within existing norms – in our personal dealings and our interactions with business and government – it is fraught with insecurities, malware and ransomewares that are themselves part of the new natural.

The realm of algorithms is almost completely invisible to the common person, yet it is hard to avoid its menacing clutch. It is everywhere. With no outside, assessing the traditional relationship between humans and technology is moving in a labyrinthine. One of the aptest books about Stockholm syndrome, Digital Stockholm Syndrome In The Post-Ontological Age, argues that the study of humans calls for a new type of science that talks about algorithmic ontology in which the Human is being pushed to its corporeal /sensate /moral /physical /psychological/political/ social/environmental/ sexual/bacteriological/global limits.

In a way, we are now more Human than ever before. Yet what we mean by Human is becoming increasingly elusive since the glue that holds all this together is a finely constructed type of hallucinogenic paranoia that speaks to us at different registers of reality. The major corporations, governments, and hackers must be seen as data addicts and humans as the object of this addiction.

In this sense, the story is not about technology and capitalism but about systems of dependency. In contrast to the outdated Three Laws of Robotics, Mark proposes an alternative three laws as a way to describe the nature of this dependency. These laws are thermodynamic in nature since the algorithmic world is a heat-producing-seeking world that produces, captures, and exploits the life pulse of data.

AI has taken all this to an extreme, redefining the core idea of creativity. The result is a ‘more than human’ – an altogether new creature.

About The Book

No one disputes that we live in a Digital Age. But unlike the transition into the Modern Age and the advent of various types of machines and technologies – transition that we could see and experience as different and alienating – entering into the Digital Age has been more insidious. This book by MIT Professor Mark Jarzombek – historian and philosopher – opens a visual history that asks: How did we get where we are? A simple question, but not easy to answer since the world of algorithms is almost completely invisible to the common person, and yet is already everywhere, and as a result, we are no longer simple ‘humans.’ The book, – a companion to Jarzombek’s Digital Stockholm Syndrome in the Post-Ontological Age (University of Minnesota Press) – looks at a wide range of advertisements, scientific papers, journals, political events and ransomware histories to produce a visual panorama interspersed with graphs and questions that allows for a more robust conversation about the digitally-modified, digitally-enhanced, digitally-polluted human.
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