This post is going to address some interesting things that I have recently read. It will give you links to the latest in nanotechnology and what the possible implications for us could be, it will link to articles about transhumanism, singularity, the amalgamation of machine and man. There will be a video from one of the TED talks with Edward Snowden…Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. “Your rights matter,” he say, “because you never know when you’re going to need them.” Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.
Another article about Bill Gates and his rather draconian ideas about humanity… Death Panels and the Rationing Medical Advances. One article that I will link to is where an expert explains that we will have a fully integrated Digital Life by 2025.
I will post links about Brain Implants, and how this will be a time when we could affectively be controlled and even changed.
I have also been tracking the run of suicides from the Banking community. Is there something going on, or is it a diversion of some kind. As someone mentioned to me, If you were to count all the suicides in any particular group, you’d find similar figures – or higher for farmers for example – if they were all high ranking, then perhaps… I’d then investigate who steps into their shoes. But, my question would be…why has the media jumped on this. Diverting attention from something?
Apparently the US has Quietly Given Up Control Over The Internet, I will pass that link on to you all.
Facebook’s working on facial verification that’s ‘nearing human-level performance’ is something else I came across.
So, with that introduction here are all the links with a few blurbs…
We are moving into a time when the extraordinary advances that have been made in the fields of nanotechnology, neurology, psychology, computer science, telecommunications and artificial intelligence will be used by governmental authorities to control the population? Already, governments around the world are using the threat of “terror” as an excuse to watch us, track us, scan all of our electronic communications and force us to endure “security measures” that are so extreme that even George Orwell could have never dreamed them up.
In the coming decades, a radical upgrading of our body’s physical and mental systems, already underway, will use nanobots to augment and ultimately replace our organs. We already know how to prevent most degenerative disease through nutrition and supplementation; this will be a bridge to the emerging biotechnology revolution, which in turn will be a bridge to the nanotechnology revolution. By 2030, reverse-engineering of the human brain will have been completed and nonbiological intelligence will merge with our biological brains.
One of the biggest challenges for brain-machine interfaces (BMI) is how to create one you could use indefinitely (like for a lifetime). Even in The Matrix, connecting to the cloud seems awfully inconvenient: sit back in a chair, stab yourself in the skull. Existing real-world BMI systems are clumsier still. As KurzweilAI notes: “Current BMI systems are also limited to several hundred implantable recording sites, they generate tissue responses around the implanted electrodes that degrade recording performance over time, and are limited to months to a few years.”
How soon can we expect to see brain implants for perfect memory, enhanced vision, hypernormal focus or an expert golf swing?
Many people will resist the first generation of elective implants. There will be failures and, as with many advances in medicine, there will be deaths. But anybody who thinks that the products won’t sell is naive. Even now, some parents are willing to let their children take Adderall before a big exam. The chance to make a “superchild” (or at least one guaranteed to stay calm and attentive for hours on end during a big exam) will be too tempting for many.
Twenty-five years ago, the World Wide Web was a “vague, but exciting” idea proposed by Sir Tim Berners-Lee (pictured). Today, the web is as accessible to most as a Big Mac. But what will the next 25 years bring?
That’s what the Pew Research Centre’s Internet Project hopes to find out in a series of eight reports, revolving around thousands of tech experts’ forecast for the future of privacy, cybersecurity, the Internet of Things (IoT), net neutrality, and more. The first report focuses on the state of digital life by 2025.
“The world is moving rapidly towards ubiquitous connectivity that will further change how and where people associate, gather and share information, and consume media,” the research center said.
With that in mind, Pew surveyed 2,558 experts, who predicted things like an Internet so easily accessible it will flow through people’s lives “like electricity,” and the idea that the IoT will expand to artificial intelligence-enhanced, cloud-based information sharing.
“The Internet will shift from the place we find cat videos to a background capability that will be a seamless part of how we live our everyday lives,” Joe Touch, director at the University of South Carolina’s Information Sciences Institute, said in a statement. “We won’t think about ‘going online’ or ‘looking on the Internet’ for something—we’ll just be online, and just look.”
Artificial Intelligence Poses ‘Extinction Risk’ To Humanity Says Oxford University’s Stuart Armstrong
Artificial intelligence poses an “extinction risk” to human civilisation, an Oxford University professor has said.
That includes when we might develop it, how such a thing could come about and what it means for human society.
But without more research and careful study, it’s possible that we could be opening a Pandora’s box. Which is exactly the sort of thing that the Future of Humanity Institute, a multidisciplinary research hub tasked with asking the “big questions” about the future, is concerned with.
Identifying faces is a relatively simple task if you’re a human, but it’s been a long road for computers to do the same thing. Now Facebook says it’s developed a technology for verifying whether two people in side-by-side photos are the same that comes pretty close to replicating human abilities. That project is called DeepFace, and according to Facebook it’s 97.25 percent accurate, which is just shy the 97.5 percent humans have scored in the same standardized test. In order to pull off that feat, the technology maps out 3D facial features, then makes a flat model that’s filtered by color to characterize specific facial elements. Facebook also says it’s tapped into a pool of 4.4 million labeled faces from 4,030 different people on its network in order to help the system learn.
On Friday, the United States announced some very big news in a very boring way. The U.S. government is relinquishing its last official control over the internet. The phrasing chosen by the Department of Commerce announces its intent “to transition key Internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community.”
Here’s what that means. The U.S. government is giving up control over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN is the body that coordinates unique names for websites, making it responsible for the closest thing there is to fixed locations on the internet. For years, ICANN has contracted that function out to the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. It’s a wordy jumble for a vital function: Without the locations, browsers can’t find sites. And a site that can’t be found is a site that, for all intents and purposes, doesn’t exist on the internet.
An investment banker has been found dead in an apparent suicide in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Kenneth Bellando’s death is the latest in a spate of suicides by finance professionals both around the globe and in New York.
He was found dead in a neighboring backyard after jumping off his six-story building at around 10.20pm on Wednesday March 12.
It is funny–in both the ha-ha and ironical senses–that those who often scream most loudly against the “death panel” meme often follow, sotto voce, ”But we need death panels.” The fact is that most of those in the technocratic classes want to medically discriminate against those who are seen as health care “takers” or perceived to have a lower quality of life.
They’re just not sure how to get from “here” to “there,” and retain popular support. (Hint: They can’t.)
A new study sponsored by Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.
Noting that warnings of ‘collapse’ are often seen to be fringe or controversial, the study attempts to make sense of compelling historical data showing that “the process of rise-and-collapse is actually a recurrent cycle found throughout history.” Cases of severe civilisational disruption due to “precipitous collapse – often lasting centuries – have been quite common.”