Screen New Deal: Naomi Klein on How Companies Like Google Plan to Profit in High-Tech COVID Dystopia


The Intercept has the article Screen New Deal: Under Cover of Mass Death, Andrew Cuomo Calls in the Billionaires to Build a High-Tech Dystopia.

Democracy Now has the interview Screen New Deal: Naomi Klein on How Companies Like Google Plan to Profit in High-Tech COVID Dystopia.

In her new report for The Intercept on the “Screen New Deal,” Naomi Klein looks at how the coronavirus pandemic is more high-tech than previous disasters — and how the future we’re being rushed into could transform our lives into a “living laboratory for a permanent — and highly profitable — no-touch future.” She joins us to discuss what she found, and says, “I think we’re going to see very incomplete so-called solutions … that massively benefit private tech interests.”


About the hysteria that China is getting ahead of us in AI, let me remind you that in 1982 Japan embarked on what it called Fifth Generation computing. It turned into a blind alley. AI did not evolve in the direction that Japan bet the farm on.

At Digital Equipment Corporation, my group was dabbling in massively parallel computing. I even have a patent with Gabriel Bischoff in parallel computing that was not massive. Method and apparatus for circuit simulation using parallel processors including memory arrangements and matrix decomposition synchronization.

MasPar was a spinoff of the hardware development of a massively parallel computer at Digital Equipment Corporation. Gabriel Bischoff, in my group, worked on software development of an application on this computer while the hardware development was still at Digital. Gabriel and I worked several levels down the hierarchy from Jeff Kalb.

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