Published on March 7, 2014
Age of the Drone World Picture Presentation for Autonomy and Automation Feb 2014 James Bridle, Drone Shadows Project, from 2011 http://shorttermmemoryloss.com/portfoli o/project/drone-shadows/ patrick crogan www.dcrc.org.uk
S.A.G.E. (1950s – 1960s) Re-mapping the world (around the U.S.A)
‘Pilot and Payload’ team, Creech Airforce Base, Nevada
Work to do for media/technoculture studies: AI Robotics Automated/predictive systems/agents/’bots’ etc etc
‘Elective naivety’ Cf. Jutta Weber et. al. on robotics development/futures amongst university researchers in the EU… http://ethicbots.na.infn.it/restricted/do c/D5.pdf.
Military and Security R&D • Major lead for AI/Robotics development (from Bush Jnr Administration onwards: U.S. DoD Directive that at least half of all research budget to be spent in these fields)
Chamayou (Théorie du drone 2013) • Use (and projected uses) of drones is transforming • Military strategy and culture, • geo-politics • domestic politics • everyday life in ‘faraway’ places, and (soon) globally
Autonomy and Automation • Drones focus/exemplify some key issues/ questions, eg: • How is the dynamic relationship between autonomy and automation, so intrinsic to human culture, society, and history changing? • And how to find a ‘good’ way to compose these two?
‘Human’ being = becoming ‘auto’ (self) via the heteronomic (techniques, tools, technologies) • In default of an ‘essence’ (Stiegler) • In default (‘factory settings’) mode • We are (re)made in internalising the possibilities (= ‘autonomy’) of the exterior ‘automatic’ tools, techniques, structures, systems that the earlier ‘we’s’ have already made and left for us.
Adopting the automatic • So, not: Human: ‘I am. So, what to do with this tool?’ • But: ‘What to become in adopting its field of actions, milieu of programmed behaviors – and in reinventing them?’
(Post) industrial automation • Major shift in capacities/behaviours ‘exteriorised’ • From gestures to analysis, ‘reasoning’, predicting, hypothesising, ‘p roblem solving’, deciding: new human-technical combinations sensing, reflecting, and then acting Samsung SGR - 1
On a soldier’s refusal to shoot an enemy caught with his pants down…. • “If he does it, he knows he will have to live with this act. It is this which he refuses: to become someone who has done that. It’s not a question of duty (devoir) but of becoming (devenir). The pertinent and decisive question is not ‘what should I do?’ but ‘what will I become?’” (Chamayou 275) • Who we are is not a ‘philosophical’ question but an historical, ethico-political, technological one
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