Saturday, 22 September 2012

Fear based memes drive technology R&D

Forget free market capitalism - it is at the 'Marketing end' of technology development. Technology has been developed by big government. Noam Chomsky's take had a eureka effect on me, highly recommend you watch the whole thing. He also talks about how the cold war was a ruse to fund it. So I guess terrorism and now China are the new threats used to drum up public support for all the research and development spending required for new technologies.


Who do they fund? The Military–industrial complex and their thought leaders, DARPA
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technologies for use by the military. DARPA has been responsible for funding the development of many technologies which have had a major effect on the world, including computer networking, as well as NLS, which was both the first hypertextsystem, and an important precursor to the contemporary ubiquitous graphical user interface.
For a while now I have been following Defense Tech, they talk about all the new exciting military technologies that are being developed. A lot of it is unmanned drones, self driving vehicles (AI), brain-computer interfaces for soldiers, etc. So pretty much they are working on all the stuff that excites me for the stated purpose of dropping a bomb on some tribesmen hiding out in the desert.

Suddenly I feel a bit warm and fuzzy about government promotion of fear based memes. Bring on the war on terror and the China containment pacific pivot.