- PW Singer
- Bruce Schnier
- Shosanna Zuboff
- Kate Starbird
- Christopher Wylie
- Zeynep Tufekci
- and even fucking Nassim Taleb, although not this one
And to a man, they all suffer from the Maximum Overdrive problem where they're blind men groping an elephant and when they grab a trunk, they scream about a five ton snake.
"Don't trust computers! We're all gonna die if you trust computers!"
"None of us trusts computers. We've never trusted computers. Your lot has been screaming at us not to trust computers since before the invention of computers."
"But when the shit hits the fan, you'll trust computers!"
"No, we'll trust people who we think are computers. I don't know if you've noticed, but 'bot' has become a pejorative people shout at each other on Twitter."
"You use Twitter! You can't be trusted!"
Take, for example, this li'l comic book. There's a part in there where "Donovia" hacks into the refrigerated trucks containing vaccines to make them spoil. It would have taken ten minutes of googling to discover that (1) medicinal logistics uses a whole bunch of airgapped, RFID-read but not RFID-writeable sensors (2) medicinal verification uses a whole bunch of human-verified analog tables (3) medicinal safekeeping is failsafed to a truly annoying level, at least from the perspective of those of us who have been fronted a whole bunch of government vaccines.
I've got three thermometers on my vaccine fridge. Two of them are connected to the Internet. Those exist to send me alarms, though, because the government wants to see the paper logs we write down our info on and won't accept anything from the Internet. The third thermometer? Has an audible screamer with through-hole-level circuitry to howl at me when the power goes out or temperatures go over a preset level. That's in a $3000 vaccine fridge, the bare minimum necessary as part of the agreement to safeguard vaccines for administration on the public.
I have yet to see any articles about "surveillance capitalism" competent enough to trigger Gell-Mann amnesia. They're all so hyperfocused on the one square inch they understand that they ignore the football field they're standing on.