Eric Sadin: Artificial Intelligence Establishes a Hyper-Optimized Society and an Integral Product of Life

Al-LaughHaram Weekly : You often emphasize the fact that we are living in a moment of constant disillusionment, and yet in every presidential election, we want to believe in it. We sometimes hope for the return of the welfare state which, in your opinion, will not save us. In your opinion, even in rebellion, the solution is not lies. What do we do when we are witnessing the suffering of society?

Eric Sadin: I said that there are additional expectations, it does not mean that we do not expect anything from institutions, elections or big politics. I believe that today, we realize that any extra expectations are unreasonable. All institutional principles are general principles. There are many pains, difficulties and sorrows that work on a daily basis and that come under the person. So it is up to each of us to change the situation, to be proactive, and then to move on to establishing other methods of existence and organization. This is one of the biggest challenges of the time, how to organize separately, how to live differently in a way that is more concerned about the living world and more mutually respectful.

– In this regard, you are advised to form multiple aggregates, to re-learn how to live together and to set up common living arrangements. How?

– The 2010s, especially in the West, saw support for start-ups aimed at commodifying all sectors of society. This is a technical-economic project that I have criticized. The 2020s have seen disillusionment with big political promises, and now we need to strike a balance, an institutional policy that is not subject to the private sector and that responds to the common good. There has never been so much saturation and aspiration in other ways of life, it is very interesting.

In management, the working conditions are more robust, controlled, limited. Inflation, which has been raging for more than two months, has caused great anxiety and frustration; Everyone wants something else. In the United States, for example, this is the case Big exit (Mass resignation of Americans). People are leaving their jobs to do something else. There are also young people in Europe who shut everything down overnight and go to the countryside to set up projects. They are like the heroes of our time, who have the courage or the means to embark on a new adventure.

I see that over the last ten years, there has been a new trend aimed at restoring universal basic income that will in reality only approve of the situation or a model, a confession of failure covered by good intentions. On the other hand, there may be public or other means to support bold and honest initiatives, i.e. work methods where the skills of each individual are expressed, small-scale collective. This is a great political project, in all areas of life, because what has caused us so much pain and suffering is a huge dimension. Our ability to act has been taken away; With the digital age, there are more and more systems that make decisions for us, guide us, pilot us and it drives us crazy, because we are deeply active and rich with faculty who just talk. So we must encourage this group of collective, or what I call “. Joint spring

‘But isn’t that further dividing society?’

– On the other hand. It is the idea of ​​rebuilding society in a molecular way, by capillaries, through collective, social models. It is the foundation of a more cooperative, more active society; It can bring us out of our collective isolation, which destroys our psyche. Liberal logic constantly sends us back into ourselves. Captivity and the reality of doing everything from afar have confirmed and accelerated this collective isolation.

“What exactly do you mean by a call for collective isolation?”

– It’s a break with our representation, a break with our habits … It’s not a break with society. Because for ten years we have been living in despair, anger, dissatisfaction; We generally have the same attitude of inactivity, waiting and watching. Today’s verbal arguments, especially on social networks, give the impression of playing politics through the game of slander, the game of acknowledgment of one’s own words, one feels that one thing is a stakeholder, but the reality is that it does not create anything. We are in opposition politics, it is a bit of drama in our time, such a distinction between action and deed. We have become an entity that chirps, that utters, but we make nothing more.

– The ” Militancy On canvas, is this a kind of inactivity for you, which leads to maintaining established discipline rather than upsetting it?

– I’d rather call it an expression with a political expression. It’s not inactivity, it’s an illusion. The illusion of power, the efficacy of words … This flow, this destruction of words has no real value, but they give the illusion of being active. People say Twitter is an agora, but who are we kidding? Agora is a public space where one exchanges decisions and actions. However, Twitter is a personal box, and nothing is decided there. This is a stress reliever. So, congratulations to the digital industry for creating the interface to give the illusion of self-addiction! Everyone believes in himself as the Almighty.

– But the Arab Spring uprising, for example, started with a call on the web, then people took to the streets, they took action.

– Yes, it was in 2011, so more than 10 years ago. It is no longer the same period. At the time, there was a phenomenon of information transmission, events were widely disseminated through social networks, which were tools of organization, at a time when there was a saturation of governance in the Arab world. Later, we come back to this idea. ” The Facebook Revolution “, And we’ve seen that social networks were the lever among others ৷ we’re not in that echo today.

– We’ve seen, in recent years, in the Middle East, in France, as elsewhere, the anger that erupts on the streets gather on the web to express your displeasure, but you, you’re more on the path to intervention. Protest You also judge that these manifestations of anger are associated with what you call oppressive people. Argue.

– The oppressor depends on some factors. In recent decades, individuals have fallen in love with super-national logic. Politics has also been stripped of its privilege in favor of economic dominance.

It came in telescoping with the extreme personalization of society. The advent of the internet, smartphones and social networks has made many people feel more involved in their lives, thanks to the devices they use. They no longer have the same representation of themselves.

Artificial intelligence or the issue of the century (Edit) Exemption) Is one of the titles of your work where you provoke neo-liberalism and the world subjugated by the power of GAFA or the Great Silicon Valley A

– This is one of the challenges of this century. These technologies are constantly evolving, constantly evolving, and the feature of artificial intelligence is that it has a double functionality: explaining all kinds of situations in real time and recommending us in return. It is a force of prescription, telling our equations and acting accordingly. AI is creating a hyper-optimized society and an integral product of life.

“Is this advanced capitalism?” His most monstrous flow?

– This is what I call techno-liberalism, a liberalism that is no longer constrained by limitations. That’s the decent thing to do, and it should end there. ” Algorithmic support “Life. That is, the ghosts that come with us constantly, to suggest new managing methods in a very efficient way. So, you have to be careful and intervene, so as not to fall into the flesh and blood robots. Dreams show.


Born in 1973, Eric Sadin explores certain changes in the digital world. He began making his mark in 2009 with the publication of his book, Global Surveillance: Survey of New Forms of Control. This is especially true of the three references that serve to better understand the evolution of the digital age: Algorithmic Life: A Critique of Digital Factors (2015), Siliconization of the world: The irresistible spread of digital liberalism (2016) and Artificial intelligence or the challenge of the century (2018), published by all editions Exemption. His two most recent books The Age of the Oppressed: The End of a Common World (2020, Grass), And Isolation: Our politics (2021, Exemption)

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