“The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s the power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”
These are the words of Malcolm X, an activist and civil rights leader. They are not only his, but the feelings of many with unique views of politics and society. With such powerful media, increasingly intrusive government, and corporation who’s profits are larger than the GDP of small countries; how can the personal and collective freedoms of the people be preserved? A group specializing in robotics and other tech fields is working to solve that very problem.
The Institute for Applied Autonomy, IAA, has worked since 1998 to develop usefull technologies for activists and the politically inclined. While governments and corporations have countless amounts of money developing technology, and using it exclusively, the institute has placed usefull tools at the disposal of the average citizen, helping close the gap. So far the IAA has created robots capable of spraypainting messages legible from skyscrapers, a type of mapquest which navigates around secuirity cameras, a pamphleteering robot named Little brother, and a program capable of tracking planes chartered by the CIA. The IAA is preforming a vital role, taking activism into the digital age.
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