Knowledge Vault 5 /69 - CVPR 2021
Manufacturing an AI Arms Race The History and Present of US Military Entanglement with Tech
Meredith Whittaker
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1.- U.S. military entanglement with tech industry has a long history, dating back to the Cold War era.

2.- SAGE program in the 1950s aimed to develop a radar-based early warning system using networked computing.

3.- SAGE promised automated omniscience but failed to deliver; it laid the foundation for modern computation.

4.- Star Wars program in the 1980s echoed SAGE's narrative of computational objectivity against Soviet nuclear threat.

5.- Significant dissent emerged against Star Wars from science and tech workers, challenging its feasibility and ethics.

6.- Retaliation and coercion were used to silence Star Wars dissenters and discourage criticism.

7.- AI is not new; its development has been largely underwritten by the U.S. military for decades.

8.- Recent AI boom is tied to the concentrated power and resources of big tech companies.

9.- U.S. military seeks access to big tech's AI capabilities through initiatives like DIU-X and Project Maven.

10.- Google won a DoD contract for Project Maven to develop machine vision for drone surveillance and targeting.

11.- Google workers and allies organized against Maven, citing ethical concerns and AI's limitations.

12.- Protests succeeded in getting Google to end its Maven involvement, part of a growing tech accountability movement.

13.- Big tech is increasingly turning to military contracts as it faces mounting public scrutiny and regulation.

14.- "AI arms race" narrative, pitting U.S. against China, is used to justify military AI spending and protect big tech.

15.- Narrative of automated omniscience persists, positioning computation as the solution to problems of violent empire.

16.- Shifting political economy of computation has moved from military origins to commercialization and now back to military entanglement.

17.- Tech industry shapes computer science research more than the military, influencing our understanding of AI's capabilities.

18.- Organized dissent among science and tech workers has historically challenged military-industrial hype effectively.

19.- Corporate interests and military fantasies are often presented as scientific fact, obscuring reality.

20.- Yoking of big tech and U.S. military poses dangers to efforts to check corporate power and regulate surveillance technologies.

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