An Economic Monitoring Platform for Shaping the Future of the Supply Chain: a Policy Agenda

David Bernat
Jun 17 · 6 min read

When I pitched my plans for Starlight to Starburst, the Airbus Silicon Valley accelerator, in El Segundo, CA, I made a single issue front and center: artificial intelligence will flatten foreign policy in space and disrupt domestic labor forces throughout white and blue collar sectors. While the government currently searches for solutions to the data deluge problem and an increased interest in distributed, platform intelligence, it will be the economics of artificial intelligence that most dangerously threatens national security for the United States. In most cases, this will be through decimation of the labor forces wage potential — in both real present purchasing power and long term expectations — and is an undeniable sign of livelihood failure.

In secondary cases these markets are established by unintended failures of the data and algorithm sectors; this is a sort of two-sided market for the manufacture and integration of artificial intelligence into commercializable products. To those readers, this is the typical of today’s relationships between government and the technology development management sector to which Starlight belongs: one government or corporation solicits and another corporation licenses. This market failure reflects an untenable, runaway incentive for the development of AI and automation in some sectors of the U.S. economy, and a forced reduction in labor utility in others. This is the Amazon Mechanical Turk problem: companies building automation license highly scalable and reusable, transferable artificial intelligence software built by an ever decreasing amount of user or human training data; the workforce faces ever higher suppression of wages by structures of the market in the arrangement between data creation and learning.

This market failure is so great in fact that all nations of the world will be impacted by it and no winner can be declared, no finish line can be sprinted across against the other nations of the world. In other terms, no race towards AI supremacy can be championed or easily won by the American design of capitalism. The responsibility to provide livelihood, privacy, and liberty to our citizens creates a headwind and disorganization that sets us up to fail as a national security until we recategorize the artificial intelligence future from the ground up as a labor problem first.

In all my work in the field I have never met another founder who seems to see this problem as clearly as I do except for the former CEO founder of SamaSource, Leila Janah, who passed away earlier this year. So important is this perspective that I emphasized the use of the Army GEOINT and Air Force Operations as enterprise laboratories for technology readiness level. American social and capitalism systems must recognize that 1 in 6 Americans cannot pass the cognitive requirements for military service, expressing stark terms for the scale of the problem.

Global agriculture is a global platform that intersects labor, climate change, property laws and livelihood. These support pillars intersect Supply Chain and Finance and provide an enablement for their own space technology. The observations here forge an imperative to create Starlight.

The Russians want food security and their rich oligarchies with close, uneasy relationships with Putin want money and Western influence. We see through their rising aggressions in the U.S. Elections, and the opportunity for young politicians like Tulsi Gabbard taking positions that many liberals feel are pro-Putin. We see their lack of international standing in the way Putin wades into triaxial conflict-heavy geopolitical occupations like middle-state brokerage of nuclear facility purchases in Turkey at the behest of Erdoğan, and manipulations of oil prices with Saudi Arabia.

The Chinese want to settle decades of internal unrest after the failure of the Great Famine and the Cultural Revolution, which crippled the countrysides’ agricultural productivity in a mad-dash toward industrialization. These cultural heritages are lasting legacies that further incentivize the Chinese government to build infrastructure today, beyond their economic need.

In a more perfect world, China would pursue American intervention into its agricultural production in exchange for Chinese shipping and transport over the seas. These mobilize the reverse of decades of U.S. interventionism into the Chinese supply chain that have officially run their course. It is no longer useful to lower American manufacturing interests or spur consumer spending through ever cheaper replaceable goods. The impact of this policy and its inclusion as a national security risk became immediately clear upon the election of Donald Trump and his domestic coalition, and has dramatically intensified as the coronavirus mobilization escalates.

The tipping point arrived when shipping recyclables to China made common and dollar sense. The industrial production in China is shipped to the United States, and then shipped back to be recycled. China created a third-party market in East Asia, at first to bolster its industry with the blessing of the United States, then they reached a clear condition of market independence.

Even with the best intellectual property laws in the world, those technology innovations from two years ago return back in China under different property law and a new spider webs of owners.

Setting China avast across the seas raises serious security concerns of its own, of course. In fact, a complete and total surveillance of they plans and actions are a downright necessity given their abuses of data and machine intelligence systems to oppress, suppress, and detain Uyghur Muslims in Detention Cities.

Luckily, such a necessary intelligence apparatus has been dutifully assembled by the entrepreneurial leadership of the Earth Orbit New Space economy. Led by actors like Starburst and Aerospace Corporation, and invested in by Silicon Valley venture capital, the technical sentinels and systems are in place ready. The ecosystem network of stakeholders needs leadership, a central hub body to administrate technical development management, by which I mean a single company organization that can operate as interface amid the rogues gallery of startups and interactive administrator with the President of the United States.

A company like this almost existed two years ago when I joined Astro Digital, then a partnership with Aquila Space, which has since gone to build a suite of satellite technology and orbital assets to monitor the agricultural productivity I describe above. Elsewhere, the ecosystem has created companies for modern monitoring of aircraft and ship telemetry information systems, the electronic systems necessary to track the movement of vehicles across the global supply chain I describe above. One more vital piece to this space force: the refreshed everyday base map of satellite imagery provided by the company Planet and their unique capability to task high resolution imagery of all sea and air ports worldwide, both official and informal, with hardware bought from Google.

The company operation Starlight can take on is one of integrator, in that I yield technology from each of these companies within the ecosystem — while working on administrative priorities of the Executive Office of the President.

The advance of the entrepreneurial ecosystem plays a vital and innovative administrative role for the Office of the President. By creating each of the technical development companies as independent entrepreneurial entities outside the existing administrative or government structures, the role of the integrator can work with new Presidencies to create new administrative and government structures. This is the Presidential and societal game changer.

In advancement of the Starlight integrator model, the role of the executive at the head of my company is to continuously solve the integrator-problem fit, a sort of executive abstraction of the product-market fit of the administrative cause or call for action. In this case, I have chosen the agricultural axis of the Supply Chain problem to add insurance to the authoritative leadership of Xi Jinping in negotiations over the People’s Republic of China’s entrance into climate change discussions and give Russians a flexibility to operate within the sanctions of Putin. While unrelated, the recent assassination of Qasem Soleimani adds complications by Michael Pompeo that need to be addressed.

The arrangement of the program with the next President of the United States is significantly untethered by precedence, creating a moment of opportunity.

In selecting a mission or modus operandi the effective executive and Executive Branch decision is one which furthers American goals abroad, strengthens alliances without ostracizing opponents, enforces American ideals abroad, and distributes administrative tools and technologies to available nations.

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is a tens of billion dollars commercial loss annually effecting nearly every country and trading partner on the planet. The activity often directly or indirectly supports global human rights violation and often operates within the same dark networks of activities as sexual trafficking and child labor. Illegal Fishing greatly disadvantages and discriminates against those fishers that act responsibly. When Illegal Fishers target vulnerable fish stocks that are subject to strict management controls, the resulting threat to marine biodiversity and food security for communities who rely on fisheries severely impacts ecological and social climate change.

David Bernat, February 8th, 2020

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