Arthur Holland Michel - "Eyes in the Sky: The Secret Rise of Gorgon Stare and How It Will Watch Us All" @ Bard

Event date: 
Monday, September 30, 2019 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Bard College, Weiss Cinema
Bertlesmann Campus Center, 30 Campus Rd
Annandale-On-Hudson,, NY 12504

Presented by Bard College Center for the Study of the Drone. Open to the public.

Arthur Holland Michel will talk about Eyes in the Sky - his authoritative account of how the Pentagon secretly developed a godlike surveillance system for monitoring America's enemies overseas, and how it is now being used to watch us in our own backyards. 

Arthur Holland MichelEyes in the Sky by Arthur Holland Michel

In battle, Gorgon Stare and other systems like it have saved countless lives, but when this technology is deployed over American cities—as it already has been, extensively and largely in secret—it has the potential to become the most nightmarishly powerful visual surveillance system ever built. While it may well solve serious crimes and even help ease the traffic along your morning commute, it could also enable far more sinister and dangerous intrusions into our lives. This is closed-circuit television on steroids. Facebook in the heavens. Drawing on extensive access within the Pentagon and in the companies and government labs that developed these devices, Eyes in the Sky reveals how a top-secret team of mad scientists brought Gorgon Stare into existence, how it has come to pose an unprecedented threat to our privacy and freedom, and how we might still capitalize on its great promise while avoiding its many perils.

ARTHUR HOLLAND MICHEL is a Peruvian-born writer and researcher. He has written about drones, artificial intelligence, culture, and immigration for WiredViceFast CompanyMotherboardAl Jazeera America, and an Oxford Research Encyclopedia, among other outlets. He is the co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone, a research institute that he co-founded at Bard College in 2012.

Books will be available for purchase at this event courtesy of Oblong Books & Music.

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