re: the logisticalization of contemporary supply chains,

For No. 43 / Shelf Life of Harvard Design Magazine, Clare Lyster (author of ‘Learning from Logistics: How Networks Change Our Cities’) wrote Storage Flows: Logistics as Urban Choreography.

Wherein she argues

To fully comprehend contemporary mechanisms of flow, we need to explore the manner in which logistics shrewdly appropriates other external networks and spaces as a means to enhance its supply chain operations. For example, many logistical networks hijack familiar forms of urban infrastructure to further conquer the spatiotemporal gap between supply and demand. Piggybacking on other systems to optimize flow by collapsing supply and distribution into one seamless system has many implications for the city, changing how distribution typologies appear in the urban landscape and thus the landscape itself.

Note: There are a number of spots where I assume “ow”/”ows” should be read, as a typo, as “flows”…

Also, no surprise that Alan Berger comes up. I immediately thought of his writings on the infrastructural leftover spaces or dross. The spaces/places where “Storage flows” happen. Transit through.

What is different today, in particular is the role of algorithms and digital flows.

 

re: the illusory “profits to advertisers from mass surveillance”

Maciej Cegłowski published What Happens Next Will Amaze You, the text version of a talk given on September 14, 2015, at the FREMTIDENS INTERNET conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

He examines the “dystopian future” of total (state and corporate sponsored) surveillance, “paranoia” of privacy and “The phenomenon whereby ads are tied to the complete invasion of privacy“.

Therein writing “Today we live in a Blade Runner world, with ad robots posing as people, and Deckard-like figures trying to expose them by digging ever deeper into our browsers, implementing Voight-Kampff machines in Javascript to decide who is human. We’re the ones caught in the middle….It boils down to this: fake websites serving real ads to fake traffic for real money. And it’s costing advertisers a fortune….It’s no accident how much the ad racket resembles high-frequency trading.

Later reviews technological solutions, countermeasures and legal/regulaory strategies for addressing. All boiled down to “six fixes“.

giving high-frequency trading a face aka mapping high-frequency trading infrastructure(s)

Late last year Alexandre Laumonier started publishing a multi-part (I-V) look at high-frequency trading infrastructure(s) in Belgium. The ‘HFT in my backyard‘ series highlights the infrastructural nature(s) of information transmission between financial exchanges and more broadly financial markets. The posts included; Mapping the HFT Microwave Networks (built on the bones of old microwave networks built by the US Army and NATO), A Crazy Visit to the Houtem Tower, a third which outlines the current players in the market and their networks, a fourth about tax havens and The Latent SuperMontage, followed by a response from Latent Networks to his series and then, the finale.

In one interlude to the series, tying together his sleuthing he argues;

“All of this is a little bit confused, but I am pretty sure all the HFT firms who visit this blog know what is going on here. Two of the major (and historical) HFT firms from Chicago are working together to build a super-microwave network in Europe, joining their towers/licences and reselling all the stuff to customers who will always be slower than them.”

For more on HFT, see Donald MacKenzie in London Review of Books (Sept. 2014).

Sol Yurick – Datamation # 84, November 15 1984

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Malaputa is the ultimate free-trade zone, the final offshore platform, the last lawless frontier, haven for the wildest of wildcat bankers. Mr. Mellon has anointed himself King of Malaputa. It also may be said that Mellon is Malaputa.

From Sol Yurick’s, The King of Malaputa.

h/t

Trevor Paglen re: 21st century Photography

Specifically, he writes about “how to begin thinking through the 21st Century’s emerging photographic landscape, and the ways both photographic practices and photographs themselves are changing“.

In three pieces published on blog of Fotomuseum Wintherthur, titled; I. Is Photography Over?II. Seeing Machines and III. Scripts.

Plus.

James Bridle re: the New Aesthetic and its Politics

The New Aesthetic is not superficial, it is not concerned with beauty or surface texture. It is deeply engaged with the politics and politicisation of networked technology, and seeks to explore, catalogue, categorise, connect and interrogate these things. Where many seem to read only incoherence and illegibility, the New Aesthetic articulates the deep coherence and multiplicity of connections and influences of the network itself“…

For more info re: the New Aesthetic read Andrew Blum’s recent profile for Vanity Fair.