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Artificial Killing Machine, 2015


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When individuals are represented purely as statistical data, they are stripped of their humanity and our connection to them is severed.
Through the act of play and the force of imagination, this project aims to reconnect that which has been lost.

Artificial Killing Machine is an autonomous interactive mechanical installation. This time based work accesses a public database on U.S. military drone strikes.
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occurs, the machine activates, and fires a childrens toy cap gun for every death that results. The raw information used by the installation is then printed.

to accumulate in perpetuity or until the life cycle of either the database or machine ends. A single chair is placed beneath the installation inviting the viewers to sit in
experience the imagined existential risk.

Installation Team
Jonathan Fletcher Moore (theory, design, electronics, mechanics, assemblage)
Fabio Piparo (programming, data logistics)
Special thanks: Josh Begley for his dronestre.am API.
Additional support from Roni Levi, Katherine Loi, Jay Yao, Alex Garcia , Kurt Kaminski , and Glen Laiso.

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Strike Database
Since 1999, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has aggregated data on the impact of the United States covert drone war across the globe.
This database has been made accessible by data artist Josh Begley through a publicly accessible API called Dronestre.am .

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This information, the human data, is the fuel of the machine.

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How it works
The installation consists of five major components.

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Control Electronics (Brains) + Printer + Motors + Toy Cap Guns + Batteries

Construction
Fifteen die-cast toy cap guns were disassembled, primed and painted. The mold dates to a product created in 1950s from now-defunct company, Leslie-Henry.
These were acquired from the current and last surviving American manufacturer of cap guns.

Servo motors are attached to each gun using laser cut acrylic mounts and custom mounting hardware. The motors are driven and powered by a motor controller. A
the task of searching the database and activating the motor control electronics.
Three lithium ion batteries and step down converters deliver three independent, regulated outputs for each of the three main electrical components (printer, Pi, and

The servo wiring harness has been sleeved and laced using traditional cable lacing methods dating back to the 1900s (still used by NASA and the telecom industry
are contained in a vintage aircraft avionics housing.

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Programming
The control program was written in Python and interfaces with an open-source API to access the public database on U.S. drone strikes.
The application queries this Internet database every five minutes and when a entry been detected in the database, the motor control functions activate.

Viewing:
The installation is available for public display (on appointment) in Los Angeles, CA through July 9th, 2015.
Contact mail@polygonfuture.com for more information.

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Further Reading
More in-depth information, analysis, and records of the U.S. Drone strikes can be found in the links below.
Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Covert Drone War
Data analysis from 1999-Present. Includes narratives, corroborated accounts, and news of drone strikes across the globe.
LivingUnderDrones.org
The psychological, socio-economic, and unseen effects of drone strikes / Stanford Law University and NYU
The Guardian: Military Drones
The Guardian's entire coverage of the U.S. drone program.

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41 Targeted, 1,147 Killed.
The Guardian, UK.

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