Nodes Against Humanity

It’s the twenty-first century; people are born into an army of standing-reserves through joining a vast collection of human and non-human objects. Heidegger (1889-1976) was a German philosopher who studied existentialism and coined the term ‘standing reserve’. The idea of the standing reserve is a result of the relationship of between artefacts, including humans, to technology; “subjects […]

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Node Wars: the Logic of Decentralisation Awakens

In the year 1829, the metropolitan police force was established. Prior to this, law enforcement had been ‘lacking in organisation’ (ibid). London’s population grew exponentially between the 18th and 19th centuries, which initiated difficulties in coordination and control. Initially society was policed by parliament; effectively the King himself (source). This proved ineffective due to the […]

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At the core of the internet is . . . no core?

A teacher in high school once told me that the way to win a war was not through nukes and weapons. He told us that wiping out a country’s electricity was the way to really break them, ‘they’d be screwed!’ It makes total sense; the electricity system is comprised of central hubs which create and distribute […]

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