Remote Control: Algorithmic Management of Circulation at Amazon

Publikation: Beiträge in SammelwerkenAufsätze in SammelwerkenForschungbegutachtet


This contribution deals with how at Amazon logistical media organize circulation. The chapter takes a look at the warehouse and the interaction of algorithmic management with architectural infrastructures and infrastructure space. In the last decades of the 20th century, logistics became the ubiquitous science of managing circulation, with Amazon today considered the epitome of contemporary logistical intelligence. In the warehouse it becomes clear how a mundane and relatively simple tracing infrastructure in interaction with algorithmic management generates a chaotic material order and an opaque, widely networked system whose logics extend far beyond the warehouse. Last but not least, a look at the fantasies and future scenarios that drive the development of Amazon’s logistics raises a question: how can the circulation of labour, data and things be decoupled from the circulation of capital and how can its logistical media be reassembled?
Titel in ÜbersetzungFernbedienung: Algorithmisches Management von Zirkulation bei Amazon
TitelExplorations in Digital Cultures
HerausgeberMarcus Burkhardt, Mary Shnayien, Katja Grashöfer
Anzahl der Seiten18
Verlagmeson press
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 2021