The Axe and the World: An Essay on Cosmotechnics


This essay explores some of the ideas of Bernard Stiegler, Yuk Hui and Martin Heidegger as a framework to understand technology in our contemporary world. It pairs key concepts from these philosophers (such as Gestell, pharmakon and exosomatization) with traditional cosmological views in China (such as Daoism) and tribes in the Amazon (particularly the Yucuna people), in order to analyze the compatibility between cosmology and technics. By providing a view rooted in non-euro-centric interpretations of technology, it explores ways to reframe the understanding and possible development of the digital information and computation systems we engage with, particularly regarding data as a key tool that can enable this transformation. 

Axe and the World