Spooky Action

As a warm up to the final episode of BBC's 'The Night Manager,' this past weekend we got back into st
Spooky Action
By Changeist • Issue #18
As a warm up to the final episode of BBC’s ’The Night Manager,’ this past weekend we got back into stealth mode, watching ’The Mayfair Set,’ a documentary from the ineffable Adam Curtis which first aired in 1999, about how the privatization of warfare in the UK in the 1960s and 1970s led to the growth the arms trade, and also fueled anything goes capitalism of the Thatcher years. One outcome was the erosion of government control, not only of defense, but of economies as well. The events depicted in this 3-part documentary set the table for today’s borderless (one might even say quadrant-y) world where it’s increasingly difficult to know who’s in control of what, and where policing, intelligence and defense have become multi-dimensional, pounding both dirt and data. 
The thrust and parry of all sides in shapeless conflicts makes it harder and harder to tell not only who’s on which side, but what a side even is. It also makes the application of new technologies on all faces of conflicts and crimes even more slippery and ambiguous.  
Below are a few pieces that look at different aspects of these shadow conflicts and murky new pools of activity. 
More to report next week.

Activity Log
No new items to report, but we will be at both FutureEverything and Internet Age Media in the next week and something, so if you are at either, give us a shout. If not, watch the Twitter feed for recaps and adventure stories.
Spooky Action
Geoff Manaugh’s new book, “The Burgler’s Guide to the City,” is out, and this piece from the NYT on LA’s aerial surveillance unit is plucked from it. Interesting look inside time/space cops.
Credit Suisse, CIA-Funded Palantir to Target Rogue Bankers - Bloomberg Business
Credit Suisse and Palantir have gotten together to create what’s probably best described as a(n attempted) algorithmic forensics venture. Called Signac, after the pointillist master (nothing creepy there), this group’s job will be to catch increasingly crafty, high velocity fraud. Question is, can you arrest a bot, and does it’s owner have liability?
Brett Scott’s piece on the robotization of finance appeared a few weeks ago in Nesta’s The Long+Short magazine. This is a longer version. The branch lights are on, but nobody’s home. 
The Network
Interview // Speculative and Critical Design Summer School
Tobias Revell and Ben Stopher will be offering this course on Speculative & Critical Design this summer at London College of Communication. Get in the queue now.
Mechanomorphs and the Politeness of Machines — Medium
Alexis Lloyd dished up this simmering take on flawed expectations that so-called bots like Microsoft’s Tay (which was really just a search hack) should have a polite inside voice. 
Big Bang Data | Espacio Chile | Fundación Telefónica
2+ years on, and Big Bang Data is still rolling, and with it, Winning Formula, the project we supported Near Future Laboratory on looking at the future of data-driven football. This time, it’s in Santiago, Chile, thanks to sponsors Telefonica Fundacion. 
Theory of Change and The Golden Circle – This is my blog now.
Lock up your diagrams. Sjef Van Gaalen’s written another curious take on another curious shape.  
Plugs Pulled
        Pro-Trump Twitter Bots at Center of Nevada Mystery - Washington Wire - WSJ
Dozens of purported Mexican Donald Trump supporters sent identical messages in the wee hours of the night, all bragging about his showing with Latino voters in the Nevada Republican caucuses. Sound a little strange?
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