Category Archives: Politics

Smart cities are for refugees

There's very little difference between smart cities and modern occupied zones. Both postulate ubiquitous sensor coverage, continuous algorithmic vigilance, and the automated use of (ordnance) delivery drones. Neither, for different but obvious reasons, is what we need. The ethical and professional issues involved in urban design for military repression are clear. But the usual civilian […]

AIs are scapegoats and it's us who end up bleeding

No AI built today has anything remotely approaching consciousness or personhood; the unstable mess of a Windows operating system is structurally more life-like than any of them. So why the increasing focus on robot ethics? Imagine you're a big tech company or an advanced military. Your reputation as an ethical agent is rather awful, and […]

2019 Should be the end of Big Attention

If your business or cultural strategy was based on attention at scale, the first years of the century felt great, as the leading Internet platforms offered the possibility of nearly limitless, precisely targeted traffic. Then came the troubles. The first one is economic. If you depend on traffic from any of the dominant platforms, you're […]