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Cognitive capitalism is the term that Autonomist Marxist researchers, particularly at the French journal Multitudes, have used to describe the contemporary economic regime -- which conventional theorists call the "knowledge-based economy." Under this regime, crucial productive resources that were formerly embodied in fixed capital (machines, industrial plant) tend increasingly to migrate into the mind body of the workers, in the form of knowledge, skill sets, affective and creative capacities. These are exercised socially, in the lived space of the metropolis and through electronic networks. A fudamental contradiction emerges between the imperatives of capitalist command and the free cooperation of living labor.

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