The shock and awe of state-sponsored women’s fashion

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I think that, because we’re in a capitalist society, we think of AIs as amplifiers for production and consumption. But they can force-multiply on any vector if suitably directed. And, I don’t know, could you weaponise the fearsome AI that is the Gen Z fashion app Shein?

A fashion hack isn’t like the other global infrastructure exploits I’ve previously wondered about because it isn’t entirely obvious what you’d use it for. But the thing about state-sponsored attacks is that they’re a bit like magic tricks: they operate at a scale which is absurd, which makes them unimaginable, and that’s why they work. Like artificial weather or guided influenza.