The above

9 minutes

Why has the US military been flying a balloon over Kabul since 2009?

In Kabul, the bustle of the city – shopping, work, conversation and play – takes place beneath a mysterious US military balloon that has hovered in the sky since 2009. Ominous yet somehow part of the landscape given its omnipresence, the balloon’s precise purpose and capabilities are not disclosed. Part of The Intercept’s Field of Vision documentary series, The Above is both an apt metaphor for the state of global surveillance, and an unsettling glimpse into the increasingly common experience of living with unfamiliar, unwelcome objects overhead.

Director: Kirsten Johnson

Producer: Kirsten Johnson, Marilyn Ness

Editor: Nels Bangerter

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ORIGINAL
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Video/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

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Essay/Technology & the Self

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Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

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Video/Space Exploration

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5 minutes

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

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We already have a way to teach morals to alien intelligences: it's called parenting. Can we apply the same methods to robots?

Regina Rini

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Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

The body is the missing link for truly intelligent machines

Ben Medlock