“How can we demand technological sovereignty as Indigenous people?” asks Suzanne Kite in this text between a poem and a manifesto. Envisioning various trajectories of responses to this question, she establishes a framework of thinking around Indigenous protocols for Artificial Intelligence.
Article published in The Funambulist 24 (July-August 2019) Futurisms. Click here to access the rest of the issue.
I heard my biometrics.
Coded in rejected hierarchies
simultaneously transmitting as receiving
data from that place.
I heard rumors
of other Listeners in stories traded for carbon SpineTabs.
that they desire our evasion techniques.
Most survivors will stay in these cities
because they cannot know the terrain,
forced to rely on falsified maps
which all have roads that lead
back the way they came.
Lawless listening devices prey on wandering Locatables.
The only true survival technique is to Listen.
Sometimes I only imagine I hear it.
“Just to the side of now is an infinite silence
called the future.”