Magic is an Industrial Process, Belching Smoke and Fire: On GPUs

AT THE END of ´The Wizard of OZ´, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer´s 1939-released, surrealist musical fantasy, our heroine Dorothy and her loyal comrades complete a long, arduous (but song filled) journey, finally reaching the fabled city of OZ. In OZ, according to a tunefully stated legend, there’s a wizard who possesses the power to grant any wish, no…

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A Materialist Approach to the Tech Industry

[In this post, Monroe thinks aloud about his approach to analyzing the tech industry, a term which, annoyingly, is almost exclusively used to describe Silicon Valley based companies that use software to create rentier platforms and not, say, aerospace and materials science firms. The key concept is materialism.] Few industries are as shrouded by mystification…

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Cloud Technology: A Quick(ish) Guide for the Left

[I’m writing a longer piece about cloud computing from a personal and political economy perspective – because I was there at the start and remain in the thick of it as a ‘cloud architect’ so I have both thoughts and experience…in this short piece, I use the recent Amazon Web Services disruption to discuss the…

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