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The Resource Killer apps : war, media, machine, Jeremy Packer and Joshua Reeves

Killer apps : war, media, machine, Jeremy Packer and Joshua Reeves

Label
Killer apps : war, media, machine
Title
Killer apps
Title remainder
war, media, machine
Statement of responsibility
Jeremy Packer and Joshua Reeves
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"From the telegraph and the two-way radio to high-frequency satellites and free-space optical communications, media technologies have changed the way in which troops are organized and deployed, the constitution of armies, and the nature and definitions of warfare itself. Focusing in particular on the rise of artificial intelligence technologies, Killer Apps shows how media helps to produce enemies and enable war. Co-authors Jeremy Packer and Joshua Reeves offer what they call a polemocentric theory of media escalation, demonstrating that media will never usher in world peace. Quite the opposite-when animated by struggle, media will always escalate towards greater chaos and creative destruction. Each chapter begins with a Department of Defense definition of a military term, and draws from it to theorize the recent escalation of technologies of violence and surveillance. In one chapter, Packer and Reeves critique liberal ideologies of artificial intelligence that suggest it could offer us a feminist and egalitarian future: instead, they demonstrate, AI technologies developed by military contractors serve only to reproduce global capitalism and militarism. Another chapter takes up the historical interpenetration of climate knowledge and warfare to show how global climate catastrophe has enabled and inspired new forms of military and surveillance media technologies. Packer and Reeves trace the history of unmanned military aircraft from explosive balloons used by the Austrian military in 1849, to aerial remote-controlled torpedoes deployed in World War 1, to CIA drone attacks in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Pakistan. Finally, they turn to science fiction visions: while authors and filmmakers have often imaged post-apocalyptic moments as a setting for building a liberal future of global harmony, freedom, and unfettered capitalism, Packer and Reeves turn to science fictional visions of robot mutiny and AI-driven nuclear annihilation to consider the role militarized media will have to play in catastrophe. KILLER APPS will interest scholars of media and communication studies, technology studies, and critical studies of militarism and surveillance"--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
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1970-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Packer, Jeremy
Dewey number
355.40285
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
UG479
LC item number
.P33 2020
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Reeves, Joshua
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Robotics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Armed Forces and mass media
  • War in mass media
  • War in literature
  • Military art and science
Label
Killer apps : war, media, machine, Jeremy Packer and Joshua Reeves
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-259) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Escalation
  • Vital ground
  • Unidentified flying objects
  • Conclusion: Armistice
  • Preface to an inauthentic document
  • Event matrix
  • Identification friend or foe
  • Centralized control / decentralized execution
  • In extremis
  • Hostile environment
  • Autonomous operation
  • Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
Control code
on1101974439
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 270 pages
Isbn
9781478006572
Lccn
2019032476
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1101974439
Label
Killer apps : war, media, machine, Jeremy Packer and Joshua Reeves
Publication
Copyright
Note
Source of cataloging data: WCP
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-259) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Escalation
  • Vital ground
  • Unidentified flying objects
  • Conclusion: Armistice
  • Preface to an inauthentic document
  • Event matrix
  • Identification friend or foe
  • Centralized control / decentralized execution
  • In extremis
  • Hostile environment
  • Autonomous operation
  • Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
Control code
on1101974439
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 270 pages
Isbn
9781478006572
Lccn
2019032476
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1101974439

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