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Benjamin Bratton: Presentation of The Stack (April 13, 2016)01:03:40

Benjamin Bratton cites dozens of headlines from the news that touch on issues he has addressed in his new book, The Stack: on software and sovereignty. He argues that a disruptive "delamination of jurisdiction from geography" is underway, brought about by discrete networks and platforms of global computation that he calls The Stack. For Bratton, the Stack consists of Earth, Cloud, City, Address, Interface, and User. He discusses each of these layers in detail, concluding with thoughts on the Stack of the future. While acknowledging that current ecological, sectarian and financial emergencies could lead to a regressive Cloud feudalism, he offers hope that robust, inhuman artificial intelligence may finally clear the air of self-destructive humanist daydreams.

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