Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. All Hail Our Robot Overlords is a Digital Collage which attempts to evade the kill-lists and targeting computers of highly advanced and increasingly automated robotic weapons which are becoming commonplace on the modern battlefield. In parts of the world right now Predator Drones are loitering above populated areas armed with powerful Hellfire Missiles. They are remote controlled by pilots safely sitting in shipping containers, continents away, observing the people below through a bank of targeting screens connected to a high resolution camera. That said, there is a current drive in Military technological research to fully automate the process of killing, this will remove the human factor altogether and leave complex tactical and ethical decisions up to basic computer programming, whilst banishing the issue of accountability to a legal and moral grey area. We live in a time where a Campaign To Stop Killer Robots truely exists. This organisations aim is to get governments to commit to a ban on autonomous weapons before they become a reality, as once they come into use it will be almost impossible to go back. Switch off your targeting computers. For the moment at least, a human remains in charge of the trigger.
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. The Brinksman's Horizon is a Digital Collage which stares at the growing threat of Nuclear proliferation on the Korean Peninsula and the wanton use of threatening, provocative language by A Brinksman in Chief at the United Nations Congress this week. In spite of potent economic sanctions the Regime in North Korea have recently made rapid advancements in both the destructive capactity and range of their nuclear weapons. In just the last few months North Korea claim to have successfully detonated a Thermonuclear Device orders of magnitude more powerful than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Whilst more recently they have launched a ballistic missile over Japan casting a terrifying light on the traumas of that Nations recent past and setting the world on edge. Communities on the West Coast of America such as Long Beach and Ventura County are now actively planning for the possability of a Nuclear Strike with "Duck and Cover" style public service announcements re-appearing on television. All the while International tensions are flaring into open hostility with President Trump's warning that he may have no choice but to "Totally Destroy North Korea" at the U.N podium. Gimme Shelter!!! Lets just hope more level heads prevail.