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Monday, 9 October 2017

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

quote [ The Google, Apple and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks who worry the race for human attention has created a world of perpetual distraction that could ultimately end in disaster ]

Basically, the people who aren't sociopaths are realizing they opened Pandora's box and are thinking that maybe giving an obscene amount of control over the population to a handful of people might be a bad idea.
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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Facebook?s war on free will

quote [ Though Facebook will occasionally talk about the transparency of governments and corporations, what it really wants to advance is the transparency of individuals ? or what it has called, at various moments, ?radical transparency? or ?ultimate transparency?. The theory holds that the sunshine of sharing our intimate details will disinfect the moral mess of our lives. With the looming threat that our embarrassing information will be broadcast, we?ll behave better. ]

Interesting. I think I understood most of this. It doesn't really matter if a mouse in a maze has free will if the maze is constantly redesigning itself to guide the mouse where the maze's designers want it to be.
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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Activist Found Guilty of Terror-Related Crime for Refusing to Disclose Passwords to U.K. Police

quote [ Rabbani said in a statement after the verdict that the judgment highlighted the ?absurdity of the Schedule 7 law? and called for it to be reformed. ?If privacy and confidentiality are crimes, then the law stands condemned,? he said. ?They accept that at no point was I under suspicion, and that ultimately this was a matter of having been profiled at a port. ]

OK I need help here how the Fuck...No 5th amendment in Brittan?
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Monday, 4 September 2017

Putin: "Whoever leads in Artificial Intelligence will rule the world"

quote [ "AI is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind," said Putin. "It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world." Although it's thought that AI will help boost countries' economies in a number of areas, from heavy industry to medical research, AI technology will also be useful in warfare. AI can be used to develop cyber weapons, and control autonomous tools like drone swarms ? fleets of low-cost quadcopters with a shared 'brain' that can be used for surveillance as well as attacking opponents. "When one party's drones are destroyed by drones of another, it will have no other choice but to surrender." ]

Putin was addressing students on Knowledge Day.

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Monday, 21 August 2017

It's Now Illegal To Text While Crossing The Street In Honolulu

quote [ Laws that ban tapping on a phone while driving have become common, but in Hawaii, a new escalation targets pedestrians. ]

Old news, but was just informed of this new law. I can't wrap my head around how absurd this feels. We're gonna control when and where people look.
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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Justice demands 1.3M IP addresses related to Trump resistance site

quote [ ?In essence, the Search Warrant not only aims to identify the political dissidents of the current administration, but attempts to identify and understand what content each of these dissidents viewed on the website,? the company?s general counsel, Chris Ghazarian, said in a legal argument opposing the request.

The warrant, dated July 12, says that authorities will seize any information constituting violations of D.C. code governing riots that involve individuals connected to the protests on Inauguration Day.

More than 200 people were indicted on felony rioting charges in connection with the protests in Washington on Jan. 20. ]

An Enemies list...more Nixonian every day.

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Monday, 7 August 2017

Search for survivors of US marines crash turns to?

quote [ US authorities confirm they do not expect to find three marines alive after their military aircraft crashed off the Queensland coast yesterday. ]

So what's the go with this?

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Australian government to track $100 notes with nano-chips

quote [ The Australian government plans to crack down on the ?black economy? by implanting $100 and $50 note ]


Wonder what type of nano chips?

Would it be passive or active tracking?

Would active tracking violate any privacy rights or have they gone out the window?

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Friday, 30 June 2017

Dubai to employ robotic cars that scan for criminals

quote [ Dubai is dead set on making the world of Minority Report a reality. In addition to flying taxi drones and jetpacks for city firefighters, Dubai plans to deploy robotic patrol cars on its city streets. These cars will use biometrics to scan for criminals, suspected criminals, and other ?undesirables? as they drive along.
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Dubai plans to launch a fleet of these vehicles, the diminutive OTSAW Robotics O-R3, before the end of the year. These pint-sized vehicles can perform 360-degree surveillance using biometric software to scan human passersby. And, reminiscent of one of those Russian Matryoshka nesting dolls, inside, you?ll find an aerial drone. ]

That's right, the robot police car has a drone inside.

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Saturday, 24 June 2017

New TSA Policy May Lead to Increased Scrutiny of Reading Material

quote [ The TSA is testing new requirements that passengers remove books and other paper goods from their carry-on baggage when going through airline security. Given the sensitivity of our reading choices, this raises privacy concerns. ]

A misleading headline, as, this is more about the academy-award winners that man the TSA checkpoints being unable to distinguish between a book and a c4-explosive pack, and requiring that people take their books out of their carry-ons to keep the lines moving. Never mind that we have microphones that can hear a mouse fart in Panama, but can't seem to develop xray-scanning tech that can tell the diff.

Sucks - because now I may have to leave my paper copies of "enjoying the gift of surprise buttsex" and "Me, a gerbil, and Richard Gere" at home now.
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