📑 ‘The goal is to automate us’: welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism | John Naughton | The Guardian

Annotated 'The goal is to automate us': welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism by John NaughtonJohn Naughton (the Guardian)

Larry Page grasped that human experience could be Google‚Äôs virgin wood, that it could be extracted at no extra cost online and at very low cost out in the real world. For today‚Äôs owners of surveillance capital the experiential realities of bodies, thoughts and feelings are as virgin and blameless as nature‚Äôs once-plentiful meadows, rivers, oceans and forests before they fell to the market dynamic. We have no formal control over these processes because we are not essential to the new market action. Instead we are exiles from our own behaviour, denied access to or control over knowledge derived from its dispossession by others for others. Knowledge, authority and power rest with surveillance capital, for which we are merely ‚Äúhuman natural resources‚ÄĚ. We are the native peoples now whose claims to self-determination have vanished from the maps of our own experience.  ‚Ěß

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