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This one from Tim Hardy. I was pretty confused at first, but the author seems to be positing the notion that America has the technology to conduct what could be called “participatory warfare” and thereby could accomplish two feats: A) distribution of the task of intelligence gathering, and B) building meaningful connections between citizens of warring countries.

The spiders in this comic are autonomous robots which are distributed in the conflict zone and which are remotely controlled by users, in the millions, via the internet. The users are regular citizens who are attracted for all the same reasons they’d be attracted to a first-person shoot ’em up.

But these spiders are benign — they observe, detect mines, and communicate in real time.

Really cool concept.

-Ian.

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