Engines of Order: A Mechanology of Algorithmic Techniques (Bernhard Rieder)

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Engines of Order: A Mechanology of Algorithmic Techniques (Bernhard Rieder)

Nowadays, software plays a significant role in daily life, and ranking, categorizing, and recommending algorithms are commonplace.

This book investigates the constructive and cumulative nature of software and retraces the historical trajectories of a number of algorithmic approaches that have evolved into the pillars of modern ordering practices, relying on the philosophy of Gilbert Simondon and the tradition of the cultural technique.

These strategies, which were created in opposition to centuries of library tradition, actualize dynamic, perspectival, and interesting kinds of knowledge. They have evolved into engines of order that change the way we organize information, ideas, and people. They are ingrained in technology infrastructures and economic logic.

This book presents an intriguing archaeology of the algorithmic methods that enabled these achievements. It is a distinctive book that combines a high level of theorizing with a thorough analysis of various forms of expression.

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About the Authors
Bernhard Rieder is a member of the Digital Methods Initiative and an associate professor of new media and digital culture at the University of Amsterdam.
Published Date / Year
(June 11, 2020)
352 pages
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PDF (353 pages)

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