Here is this first of a few essays i’m planning to write exploring the ideas around a Nihilist Anarch@-Transhumanism. These are pretty much my politics which i see very few other people writing about.
The future holds a horror we can not begin to imagine. Through the increase of pervasive technology that will not only dictate our interactions and the ways we move through space to the inevitable panopticon society, the future holds nothing good. This is the first premise, one that forwards the idea that things will get worse, especially on the technological front. We will see within the next hundred years horrible technological advancements that will only forward a patriarchal, oppressive agenda. It is through that lens that we can begin to see the need for anarch@-transhumanism. a need for a theory and practice that not only takes into account how pervasive technologies change our relationships (for better or worse) in today’s world and how we can challenge their inherent oppression, but also towards a logical expansive view of future technologies and how we as anti-authoritarians must fight them. Anarchism has failed, and will continue to fail to prevent these advancements, unless strides are made to actively combat these technologies.
The Utilization Of Technology:
The Nihilist approach sees no usefulness in the fetishization of technology as solutions to our problems. Capitalism can not be smashed with a piece of code any more than it can truly be smashed with a hammer. But like the hammer breaking a store window, a malicious piece of code or anti-authoritarian AI seeks to fight the war A+-s see as the next battleground. The continuation of a threat to the social order must come out of a blended technique that grabs all the tools in the tool box. All too often, usually from primitive circles, a total rejection of all “technology” and “civilization” is seen as the only way to an oppression less society. The fetishization with re-wilding makes a lot of sense if you imagine that there will be any land to re-wild on. The rediscovery of primitive technologies for survival is useful, of course, but the further exploration of technological conquest by those who are against the state can bring the power of these resources away from the monopoly of the state and capitalism.
I’ve been using an android phone for some time now, and I’ve gone through a lot of apps, some good, some crap. Here are my top favorites.
This one is a no brainer, but i highly enjoy text secure to keep my text messages safe. And to boot, they just got bought by twitter, i expect good things from them in the coming months.
2. k-9 mail + APG
Both of these apps together give you the ability to encrypt your email. k-9 is also a powerful email client that gives you all the features of a desktop app.
3. I’m getting arrested
With protests around the globe heating up, its good to see nerds putting their powers to good use. I would love to see more apps like this.
4. GPS Essentials
Want to make GPS tracks and more? this app does it all and at a low footprint. This came in very handy for some projects i wanted to do last semester.
5. Scanner Radio
Although it would be rad if cell phones had intense multi-band receivers in them, they don’t. This app pulls from online streams to give you up to the minute info about police activity.
6. The Guardian Project
I’m lumping them all together, but mad props to the team that is bringing encrypted chat and tor to android.
Got any other favorites? put them in the comments!
I’ve been working on a web project called radicalhistory.org that focuses on DIY alternative history audio tours. Here are some screenshots and streetshots of the posters, posted around town
I did a dèrive of west oakland using GPS tracking and presented with Prezi.
I got into the Stillwell student show on campus. I was impressed by most of the works. Here is my piece
And here are some people interacting with the piece:
In modern radical circles, the concept of technology is minimally discussed. For the amount that it is, talk is limited to email lists, if you should use facebook, etc. The problems with these kinds of debates is they miss the real issues of how to tacticly introduce technology into the radical movement and utilize it for our goals. One of the few areas radicals discuss technology is the way modern robotics can be introduced into street actions.
Modern robotics is dominated by highly sponsored intellectual organizations, The main one being DARPA. DARPA, a military program sponsors “challenges” such as robot cars that navigate complex terrain, all for the goal of putting it into war time practice. Its the main organization for developing new technologies, and is way ahead of your average anarchist. This to those who engage in street protests and resistance should be frightened by this due to military technology commonly being reused for civil policing.
That’s all well and good, but why should we care? The most obvious reasons being that how the heck are fleshy bodies going to ever combat against robocop, but there is something more. The introduction of robot counterparts to modern protest can change the power dynamics that current exist. In the most basic sense, robots can take away roles of human protesters, protest outsourcing as you will, that are too dangerous or risky. Robot blockades that are resistant to tear gas, robots that can carry medical supplies and come to the injured, surveillance bots that can warn of an impending raid.
Robotic intervention is the logical next step for the future of street actions. Although true AI is a few years off and will certainly be under-wraps for quite a while, simple robotic configurations are possible now. I encourage the technologically competent among us to figure out what kinds of configurations would best benefit situations you are a part of. In my own experience it would be very useful to have a robot that could film and live stream when stuff goes down, so videographers would be free from arrest and tear gasings.
This area in short, needs to be explored more. I consider this article the start of a long dialog of how to further the cause of our robot brethern into the revolution. If we start now, maybe they will save us when skynet becomes self aware.
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