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Reviewing the unchecked promises of technology and the abuse of technology by the powerful

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Amidst our breathless technological mania, a gadget that can disabuse us of our extravagant dreams about technology is sorely needed. If only our technical trance was an energy source; then it could perpetually power our automobiles, phones, social media and aerial taxis. Elaborate tales about the wonders of technology have always animated our scientific and technical enterprise. At once tangible and available, yet intangible and distant, technology touches all aspects of our lives, even as we await and gossip about its unknown but assuredly transcendent effects on a later day. …


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Previous Installments:

Introduction

Engineering Illusions Part I: Religion and Technology

Engineering Illusions Part I: Religion and Technology — II

Engineering Illusions Part I: Religion and Technology — III

Engineering Illusions: Religious Thought and Technology

Engineering Illusions Part II: State and Technology

Engineering Illusions Part II: State and Technology -II

Engineering Illusions Part II: State and Technology -III

Constructing entirely new industries by investing in necessary infrastructure and subsidizing its client corporations, as NSCAI recommends; funding research and development that makes products like the iPhone possible; operating technology development programs for “national security,” “national interests” and “national freedom”; devising the means…


thisiscolossal.com

Previous Installments:

Introduction

Engineering Illusions Part I: Religion and Technology

Engineering Illusions Part I: Religion and Technology — II

Engineering Illusions Part I: Religion and Technology — III

Engineering Illusions: Religious Thought and Technology

Engineering Illusions Part II: State and Technology

Engineering Illusions Part II: State and Technology -II

In 2000, the National Academy of Engineering compiled a list of the most revolutionary engineering achievements of the twentieth century. Topping the list of modern engineering marvels was electrification — the implementation of the vast networked infrastructure that provides ubiquitous electrical power. …


thisiscolossal.com

Previous Installments:

Introduction

Engineering Illusions Part I: Religion and Technology

Engineering Illusions Part I: Religion and Technology — II

Engineering Illusions Part I: Religion and Technology — III

Engineering Illusions: Religious Thought and Technology

Engineering Illusions Part II: State and Technology

In his 2019 statement to the House Armed Services Committee, then DARPA Director Steven Walker detailed four focus areas for DARPA:

Defending the homeland from varied threats through cyber deterrence, bio-surveillance and biodefense techniques, and the ability to sense and defend against weapons of mass terror/destruction. Deterring and prevailing against peer adversaries through new capabilities across land, sea, air…


An Insider’s Take on the Tech Industry

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Previous Installments:

Introduction

Engineering Illusions Part I: Religion and Technology

Engineering Illusions Part I: Religion and Technology — II

Engineering Illusions Part I: Religion and Technology — III

Engineering Illusions: Religious Thought and Technology

In August 2018, the National Defense Authorization Act for 2019 established the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI). Its primary directive is “to consider the methods and means necessary to advance the development of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and associated technologies to comprehensively address the national security and defense needs of the United States.” Its commissioners were appointed by the Secretaries of Defense and Commerce…

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Writing about politics, philosophy, technology and current affairs. Questioning ideologies of power and discussing alternatives. Twitter: @ap_prose

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