Automating Domination: A Review of James Bridle’s New Dark Age

New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future
James Bridle
Verso, 2018

Like an air control system mistaking a flock of birds for a fleet of bombers, software is unable to distinguish between its model of the world and reality — and, once conditioned, neither are we. (39–40)

There is a long-standing tradition of some of the most thorough and excellent critiques of technology carrying within them a grandiose deflation: the inevitable defeat that…