John Butler – The Ethical Governor (United Kingdom 2010, 8:00 mins.)

Produced in the mock-serious tone of an intragovermental presentation Butler’s Ethical Governor uses black humor to skewer the ethical problems of autonomous drone strikes. In narrating the “advanced” capabilities of a computerized killing machine, Butler highlights how the obfuscational language of Neoliberalism makes broad, cold-blooded equivalences between economic, humanitarian, and legal concerns in light of overriding geopolitical goals.

BIO: For twenty-years, artist John Butler has been the driving talent behind an incredible array of short animated films and science-fiction series. As one half of the Butler Brothers, John has produced, written and animated original, speculative fictions that examine the nature of our relationship with Government, Military and Corporations through technology.