We speak with Justin Joque concerning Cyberwarfare, SQL Injections and their relation to Derrida and Deleuze. Additionally, we focus on his new work Revolutionary Mathematics tracing the genealogy of statistics, the role of Bayesianism and the potential constructive counter-possibilities and strategies that shift the dominant course of Machine Learning.
Justin Joque researches philosophy, technology and media and is the visualization librarian at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Revolutionary Mathematics: Artificial Intelligence, Statistics, and the Logic of Capitalism (Verso 2022) and previously Deconstruction Machines: Writing in the Age of Cyberwar (University of Minnesota Press, 2018)
It’s Musk against Москва, backed by the multitudes of corporate America, just a little pressure by the U.S. Government. However, in this war, the nation-state governments have nearly become irrelevant (an exaggeration of course). On the ground, weapons are ultimately supplied by Raytheon and Lockheed and other manufacturers in a MIC bartering game where Poland can’t quite swap out it’s old MiG-29 fleet. For the sanctions, Visa, Mastercard, and the multinationals took action, with major government-level regulatory bodies falling short of total blockade, with ICANN not blocking domains and EU banks cutting SWIFT for only select banks. Multinationals went all in (or out), despite governments holding back, and that is how they slip into irrelevancy. If anything has changed in the world order, it’s Thomas Friedman’s premise that “no two countries that both had McDonald’s had fought a war against each other since each got its McDonald’s”. That too is network signal where fast food chains go dark and it is immediately detectable.
Of many comedians, quite a few observable end up speculating on dark futures correctly. Case in point with Zelensky who played President Goloborodko in Servant of the People. If this were Dark Forest of Intelligence, the comedian had signaled too loudly a satirical future in an irreversible past, and the predator has only now arrived. Only it was all a joke. Or was it? There are cases of comedians becoming statesmen. Perhaps few played presidents. For America, it’s not surprising how many actors turn politicians (Reagan, Trump, even Pence was a radio talk-show host). This brings us to a new level of Dark Forest Theory of Intelligence with two hypers: hypernormalisation and hyperstition.