December 7, 2012

DEATH BY ALGORITHM: West Point Code Shows Which Terrorists Should Disappear First. “It’s an algorithm that identifies which people in a terror network really matter, like the mid-level players, who connect smaller cells with the larger militant group. Remove those people, either by drone or by capture, and it concentrates power and authority in the hands of one man. Remove that man, and you’ve broken the organization.”

These sorts of technologies seem particularly prone to political abuse, no?