As experts urge caution, military pushes aggressive A.I. agenda

As autonomous weapons systems, sometimes called killer robots, move closer towards becoming a logistically feasible option for governments around the world, they are also generating increasing controversy. More than 2,400 researchers from 170 different organizations called this week for a worldwide ban on autonomous weapons. "Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to play an increasing role … Continue reading As experts urge caution, military pushes aggressive A.I. agenda

DARPA wants soldiers’ minds controlling machines, and vice versa

It is no big secret that the U.S. military and its friends in private business want to wire their latest technology directly into the human brain. In late 2016, I wrote about the Defense Department using "electrical brain stimulators" to give its drone operators "minor brain zaps" to keep them awake, for instance. More recently, … Continue reading DARPA wants soldiers’ minds controlling machines, and vice versa

Bilderberg elite to convene in Turin

  It's that time of year again! June 7 to 10 marks the 66th annual Bilderberg Conference, the secretive meeting of North American and European politicians, royalty, and elite representatives from the worlds of finance, business, academia and media that's taking place this year in Turin, Italy. Topics of discussion at this year's conference include … Continue reading Bilderberg elite to convene in Turin

Fusion center ‘accidentally’ releases ‘remote mind control’ files

America's national security and intelligence apparatus is so massive, yet compartmentalized, that it often appears the U.S. government doesn't know what information it actually has in its possession, or what to do with it. This was dramatically demonstrated last week with the seemingly accidental release of documents on "remote mind control" in response to an … Continue reading Fusion center ‘accidentally’ releases ‘remote mind control’ files

Army develops face recognition that sees in the dark

    Face recognition technology, something that seemed like science fiction just a few years ago, is becoming an increasingly key component of America's mass surveillance network. Even as plans for high-tech mass-scale facial recognition systems in places like China raise privacy concerns, the U.S. government was reportedly looking to develop face recognition tech capable … Continue reading Army develops face recognition that sees in the dark

U.S. officials deny Syrian ‘presence patrols’

For some time, the U.S. military has been offering conflicting statements on its presence in Syria.  In October, for example, a general said the U.S. had 4,000 troops in the war-torn Middle Eastern country, or about eight times the official number of roughly 500, before correcting himself and giving that official figure. The Washington Post … Continue reading U.S. officials deny Syrian ‘presence patrols’

YouTube to add ‘conspiracy theory’ disclaimers from Wikipedia

YouTube, the widely-used video uploading site owned by Google, which is in turn owned by Alphabet, whose former chairman and current board member Eric Schmidt is a key adviser to the Pentagon, has announced that -- in a Cass Sunsteinesque effort to combat the perceived threat posed by "conspiracy theories" -- it will begin showing … Continue reading YouTube to add ‘conspiracy theory’ disclaimers from Wikipedia

Google involvement in drone A.I. project revealed

In 2016, after giving the matter "thoughtful consideration," tech executive Eric Schmidt told the public they should "stop freaking out" about potential pitfalls of artificial intelligence. Schmidt recently announced his resignation from the chairmanship of Google's parent company Alphabet, though he's apparently continuing in roles not only as an Alphabet board member, but heading the … Continue reading Google involvement in drone A.I. project revealed

Parkland conspiracy theories raise legitimate questions

In the two weeks since reports first emerged of 17 students killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, much controversy has erupted over issues that are often brought up in the wake of such incidents -- namely gun control and the 2nd Amendment. Yet other issues unrelated to firearm laws have also … Continue reading Parkland conspiracy theories raise legitimate questions

The dystopian auto-face recognition plan for ‘smart cities’

Last week, tech company NVidia announced a new partnership with AI developer AnyVision to develop automatic face recognition technology for closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance cameras in so-called "smart cities." "AnyVision claims the technology enables cameras that can continuously scan for faces 24/7, automatically identifying and tracking individuals within a large crowd with 99% accuracy," writes … Continue reading The dystopian auto-face recognition plan for ‘smart cities’