Matteo Pasquinelli, ‘Machinic Capitalism and Network Surplus Value: Notes on the Political Economy of the Turing Machine’, 2011
“The industrial modality appears when the source of information and the source of energy separate, namely when the Human Being is merely the source of information, and Nature is required to furnish the energy. The machine is different from the tool in that it is a relay: it has two different entry points, that of energy and that of information”. This insight by Gilbert Simondon on the second industrial revolution is not meant to underline a continuum between different technological age, to say that informationalism is the same of industrialism, but on the contrary to spot, as Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari would record, a bifurcation of the technological lineage, or machinic phylum.
Information can be found haunting also the instruments of the first industrial revolution: the Jacquard loom (invented in 1801) was in fact a mathematical device controlled by a punched card almost identical to the one standardised by IBM as data storage device in the 20th century.