Frankenstein's Legacy: Discursive Thinking in the Economic Paradigm
Framing reflexive modernity as a fundamentally economic paradigm characterized, Loren provides a reading of three conjunctural stories that are representative of key transitional moments. He provides a heuristic for rethinking the limits of knowledge and the critical role discursive cognition throughout modernity. For its first iteration, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818) presents the conjuncture of industrialization technologies and institutional unrest. Next, Alan Turing's »Computing Machinery and Intelligence« (1950) represents the conjunctural moment of cold war intelligence and post-imperial capitalism. The third scene is from Google's corporate rebranding (2015) as hailing the onset of a language-cognition driven »A.I. awakening« (Lewis-Kraus 2016). In seeking to make intelligible a counter-memory inscribed in these scenes of technosocial transition, his intention is to historicize cognitive and representational economies in our present moment.