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157 157  These technologies are at a massive scale being used to surveil, confine, and threaten, entire peoples. Sometimes, seeing it somewhere else is necessary to clarify its danger here: Chinese AI startups have instituted a system of ubiquitous surveillance cameras and face tracking software that directs human force towards Uyghur people across the country, alongside their prison camps designed to hold over a million people. This is fundamentally similar to how Google provides a database letting US police track where almost anyone with a smartphone has been at any time, leading to more than one provably false jailing due to this circumstantial and secret surveillance, without ever any kind of reparation, and heavily disproportionately targeting Black and Latinx and poor Americans. India is in a similar process of creating biometric databases to classify and track its 1 1/3 billion people while excluding or denying services to targeted populations like Muslim migrants. Our drones kill without a declaration of war or any independent or international supervision, every week, and the tech giants consult with the Department of Defense on how to incorporate silicon valley entrepreneurialism and disruption, Agile Software Development Practices, into the business of killing. Most things in this project are indirect - let this not be indirect: modern and past America operates as an imperialistic police state: White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy, indeed.
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159 -Not everything is America but it/we directly fund and supply some of the world's most violent, repressive, and yes, religiously fundamentalist, governments (eg Saudi Arabia's), have an enormous history of supporting right-wing coups and paramilitary organizations against progressive democracies or governments, often after strong corporate pressure (eg throughout Latin America in the 70s-90s) and then pretending the debts and scars of that violence arrived as mysteriously as lightning, as though capital moved as autonomously and apolitically as wind, and disappeared far faster than scar tissue. The software industry now is a key contributor to the conditions of American exceptionalism and hegemony. An ideal internship or job to get as a CS graduate at a "liberal" elite university like the one I went to is at Palantir, a military software contractor focusing on some of the AI for Social Evil technologies I'm talking about. As private citizens, eg as a queer brown atheist Californian, certainly our involvement in many of these military-state systems can be limited, and oppositional rather than decision making. But I and maybe you vote, donate, talk, buy, and can do more. It's not enough but it's more than nothing. Violence operates by making silence easy and indifference safe.
159 +Not everything is America but it/we directly fund and supply some of the world's most violent, repressive, and yes, religiously fundamentalist, governments (eg Saudi Arabia's, Hungary's, the USA's), have an enormous history of supporting right-wing coups and paramilitary organizations against progressive democracies or governments, often after strong corporate pressure (eg throughout Latin America in the 70s-90s) and then pretending the debts and scars of that violence arrived as mysteriously as lightning, as though capital moved as autonomously and apolitically as wind, and disappeared far faster than scar tissue. The software industry now is a key contributor to the conditions of American exceptionalism and hegemony. An ideal internship or job to get as a CS graduate at a "liberal" elite university like the one I went to is at Palantir, a military software contractor focusing on some of the AI for Social Evil technologies I'm talking about. As private citizens, eg as a queer brown atheist Californian, certainly our involvement in many of these military-state systems can be limited, and oppositional rather than decision making. But I and maybe you vote, donate, talk, buy, and can do more. It's not enough but it's more than nothing. Violence operates by making silence easy and indifference safe.
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161 161  Here's another example: USC - the university with arguably the largest and most prestigious presence in the institutionalization of games and interactive media, and primary feeder school for some of UCSC's departments - hosts a large lab, the Institute for Creative Technologies, funded by the Pentagon, that made multiple propaganda games valorizing US military interventionism. The institute remains open and funded. The other founder of the field MIT, including its media lab, maintains famously close ties to a range of military contractors. A reminder: media is also a highly militarized technology.
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163 -Technology is not the source of the campaigns of destruction against these peoples, but adds to their broadness and lethality; perhaps though it can still make organization and learning easier as well. One policy call: after shutting down our own internment camps, tie trade to ending campaigns of targeted violence. Ban companies and banks, like Boeing, that do business in America from doing business with any institutions working to destroy Xinjiang, Yemen, etc. and ban associated individuals from getting visas. Give its targets, activists scholars and resistors, unconditional asylum. Force follows capital, and restricting flows of money has the power to create felt personal consequences for the generals and politicians who mandate violence, while sending their children to study and shop in both Cambridges. These actions can be taken at the personal, institutional (ie university endowment or company contracting) and governmental level. It is not America's or our problem to "solve" but it absolutely is America's and our problem to stop making worse. We have seen the strong effects economic actions have on authoritarian governments not undertaking campaigns of ethnocultural destruction (Iran, Cuba, Venezuela), driving negotiation and partial reform, so why not use them deliberately instead of focusing trade negotiations on soybean exports and protecting Merck and Disney. Liberals bear disproportionate responsibility for making imperialism bipartisan, and for taking for granted American hegemonic nationalism.
163 +Technology is not the source of the campaigns of destruction against these peoples, but adds to their broadness and lethality; perhaps though it can still make organization and learning easier as well. Shut down our internment camps. Stop classifying and terrorizing people: ban facial recognition from both government and private use. Forbid predictive policing and black-box predictive credit. Ban companies and banks, like Boeing, that do business in America from doing business with any institutions working to destroy Xinjiang, Yemen, etc. and ban associated individuals from getting visas. Give its targets, activists scholars and resistors, unconditional asylum. Force follows capital, and restricting flows of money perhaps has the power to create some felt personal consequences for the generals and politicians who mandate violence, while sending their children to study and shop in both Cambridges. These actions can be taken at the personal, institutional (ie university endowment or company contracting) and governmental level. It is not America's or our problem to "solve" but it absolutely is America's and our problem to stop making worse. Liberals bear disproportionate responsibility for making imperialism bipartisan, and for taking for granted American hegemonic nationalism.
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165 165  This is not what this project is about. I hope you find interest and pleasure in exploring these language games, like I did in making them. And I hope you and I pay attention to the violent in uses of many of the technologies used in this project, and find ways to collectively interrupt and resist systems of violence and campaigns of ethnocultural destruction nearby and far away, and in the other parts of our lives.
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