Anyone remember that 3 tech giants began providing testimony to Congress by court order earlier this week? As of midnight, November 5th, 2017, a check of my Twitter feed showed the most recent article on the matter had been shared a whopping 7 hours earlier. There was very little to be found aside from a New York Times puff piece with Trevor Noah citing the most base excuses against social constructivism a la “Anger & Fear” which are as indifferent to the premise which brought these juggernauts to Washington, as Watters Worlds attempt at the same comedic vein.
The best coverage out of the gate on November 5th, seems to be held by USA Today – unless this is YET ANOTHER example of the hackUverse taking itself too seriously for anyone’s good. “Cis-gender” rather than AI & Machine Learning was the premise Watters World cited when repeating a recent Tech engineer demand for neutrality as if it is synonym with transparency and something other than a blatant threat toward anyone challenging the Cold War historiography that they depend on. I award an honorable mention to a set of video clips titled “Facebook testimony in under 3 minutes.” Beyond this, Texas Hold Em rules appear to continue to be tacitly observed.
I have little to add to USA Todays piece that would change its scope. I did appreciate its subtly. Im actually reminded of a quote I saved on the social crack pipe called Pintrest:
Observer. Confirms. Bias. We dont have “Gods” with Unlimited Free Will but we have to do all the work to suffer thru Russian Communisms faux death throes until such a time as the “Gods” can create “Russian Capitalism” from the ashes of Voldemort and Edward Cullen.
Meanwhile, The Paradise Papers have gotten (deservedly) more notice than a release of “new JFK files.” And yet each measured op ed piece that leads beyond the scope of social media sharing contains seeds of mortality. Vice Network’s series CyberWar spoke with Dan Geer who noted that this state of affairs is, for the time being, its own reward. With candor Geer went on to explain that The Internet Of Things cant currently support the complexity that humans create. Geer said “Because risk is proportional to dependency” and “complexity hides risk” the IOT must have remote management interface or a finite life cycle. Currently, the speed of innovation ensures the latter to the exasperation of the former.
While we all hear the saber rattling for the publics submissive retreat into the shadows of idealism the ACLU floats pop pieces of science about infintesimaly small statistical disorders to vulnerable minority communities of gender, knowing that the Achilles heel of such fluff, like the IOT itself, has its own limited learning curve, a limited re-entry window into the mainstream fabric of American society which many young and veteran members of vulnerable communities need in order to simply live the lives they have.
Why have I drawn the verbal equivalent of a crop circle when Tech Giant Testimony is the unifying theme? If you dont already suspect the answer goes beyond mere sociopathology, I do suggest watching Vice Networks CyberWar series.
- Its about the LONGEVITY of a Business Model? Is that all?
I personally cant withstand the drama of living outside the scope of the present moment. The intellectual challenge presented by the testimony of these “infintesimaly small’ Tech conumdrums is part & parcel of a dilemma in philosophy that parallels it. I do see my own retreat as a reserve removed from the views of military and government participants that structure their narratives in such a way that flash words like “Deep State,” “Alt-Right,” and “Unity” casually undermine the boundaries built by consensus that allowed us all to reach this moment, November 6th, 2017.
I need MORE SILENCE and more precision. I need my family back and a few friends. I need honesty and admissions of Facts.
I also would love to play a game of Clue.