Palantir has figured out how to make money by using algorithms to ascribe guilt to people, now they're looking for new customers


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/04/20/something-something-invisible.html


#2

Not just police forces mind you. They are integrated into our Intel and National Defense Industry like fleas on a dog:

https://www.indeed.com/q-Palantir-jobs.html

Applying what they’ve learned on the Gov dime to make money is what Beltway Bandits do.


#3

Found Thiel’s Tumblr account:

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#4

“And it was said that ever after, if any man looked in that Stone, unless he had a great strength of will to turn it to other purpose, he saw only two aged hands withering in flame.”

  • The Return of the King, J. R. R. Tolkien

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#6

Qu’on me donne six lignes écrites de la main du plus honnête homme, j’y trouverai de quoi le faire pendre.

If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.

Cardinal Richelieu

https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Cardinal_Richelieu


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#8

Might not be the best idea to de-fund & belittle the people responsible for enforcing the safeguards if you want them to actually safeguard…


#9

Even more ominously, Google is also a major investor in predictive policing. Imagine what they could do the day they start using their search log, Android phone data and gmail storage to figure out who the police should target. Meanwhile, they’re investing heavily in research that’ll be useful come the day.

Norbert Wiener’s cybernetic vision is becoming our nightmare.


#10

Combined with Thiel’s being a sugar daddy to the alt-right and his being a prominent supporter of Il Douche, I’m sure nothing would go wrong with his half-baked precrime business.


#11

$3,000/day/engineer!

A million bucks a year? For engineers? Grain of salt.


#12

Palinir is like the distilled essence of the awful “tech startup”… hubris, amorality, unprofitably, callousness, and waste of public resources all rolled into one.


#13

Plus a surfeit of Libertarian techbros in the office. But perhaps I’m being redundant after your list of the other characteristics.


#14

Oh, there’s plenty of things we could add to the list. Libertarian is a big one. It’s funny though, how you square massive, unaccountable surveillance with “libertarian ideals” is something I’ll never get.


#15

Only slightly more jarring is the Libertarian who’s against a woman’s reproductive choice.


#16

That’s easy. Libertarians are all for freedom. But as long as they have their own freedom they don’t waste any worry at all on the fact the other people might not have theirs. Also, oppression by government is bad in their book, but they do not seem to grok that there could be such a thing as oppression by corporations.


#17

ah, if only I had listened to my parents and studied harder.


#18

Just read this article from the SPLC describing entry points to into the alt-right:

Not surprisingly:

Libertarianism is a common path to the alt-right. In fact, it was frustration with libertarianism that led Peinovich to create The Right Stuff. He became a libertarian after reading the works of Ludwig von Mises and Ayn Rand, but — after finding sources on human biodiversity [“scientific” racism] — said he realized that libertarianism wasn’t “going to work for everyone” because different racial groups couldn’t be expected to behavior properly without a state to regulate them.

Short version: Libertarianism is only for white people (which for Peinovich does not include Jews).


#19

Oh, but only a minority of those reports would be false positives. What’s to worry about.?


#20

Mostly, rich white people. I think too some not-rich people get sucked into the belief system and somehow imagine they are not going to be treated like property once the hyper-capitalist libertarian paradise is up and operating.