If you thought Silicon Valley might have been a means of pushing back against the American Gestapo, you were wrong. Google is now complicit.
The Department of Defense has officially begun recruiting big-tech companies for Project Maven, a project dedicated to enhancing our illegal drone assassination program (created under the Obama regime) with artificial intelligence. More than a dozen Google employees have already resigned in protest and an additional 4,000 signed a petition to end all involvement with the DoD. Google has rejected the petition and is moving forward.
IBM and Nvidia are both reported to be assisting as well, though only Nvidia has officially confirmed their involvement.
Just as Uber seeks to replace their workers with automated cars, so does the Deep State hope to replace their drone operators/assassins with artificial-intelligence. It was bad enough that these drones were already being flown over foreign airspace to kill targets without permission from other nations (can you imagine if China were flying missile-loaded robots over American cities?), but having them automated with A.I. deepens the dystopian potential.
Already there are children in the middle-east who are suffering anxieties on days with clear skies, because the undercarriage of U.S. drones camouflaged with blue. Think about how you normally feel when you see a bright blue sky. There are now regions of the world that such a sight induces a fear of death.
The sociopaths at the Pentagon will argue that more effective targeting through A.I. would lower the civilian casualty rate (currently 90%), which is undeniable. But that’s not remotely the point. The point is that flying armed robots to kill poor brown people in a desert halfway around the world, who pose no genuine threat to us, is insane. Removing a human operator from the process doesn’t make it any less so. In fact, by removing the human element, assuaging any lingering conscience of the programmer by rendering the murder further indirect, would likely increase the number of assassinations.
Noam Chomsky on the drone assassination program:
Project Maven makes it even more imperative that the American people overthrow their government to prevent the future atrocities to come. With a population of 320 million, we cannot pretend that we are at the mercy of the American Gestapo when we have them so thoroughly outnumbered. And no, this has nothing to do with Donald Trump. This has everything to do with a sociopathic government that has gone increasingly mad with power in the post-WWll era under both Republican and Democratic administrations and a notable ramp-up after the 9-11 attacks of 2001.
We are responsible for the actions of our government. If we don’t stand up and confront it, we are just as complicit as Google.