| ||Ask HN: Autonomous drones; a solution?|
6 points by contingencies on Dec 2, 2012 | hide | past | web | favorite | 7 comments |
|I initially laughed reading Assange's "the pessimistic scenario is also quite probable, and the transnational surveillance state and endless drone wars are almost upon us" thinking it too extreme a view, but had a sobering re-take realizing I was discussing it with the mother of a friend (anakata) internationally abducted and placed in solitary without charge by his own state.|
Elsewhere throughout 'Cypherpunks', Assange and Applebaum indicate they believe this to be our general technological trajectory (p4,14,87,90,159), ie. state-run drones constantly (re)targeted by the emerging surveillance panopticon. The US in 2010 announced 'prompt global strike'. Popular Mechanics on the hypersonic X-51 quipped "The mission: Attack anywhere in the world in less than an hour."
Framing this autonomous global militarization trajectory as a serious issue of immediate human concern, can HN readers see any potential solutions to our apparent, near term reality of living beneath a 24x7x365 global system of automated surveillance and military attack?
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