Scanning His Face Without Consent

 

Court Case

For the first time, police in the U.K. are going to have to defend their use of facial recognition tech in court.
British office worker Ed Bridges is claiming that South Wales Police scanned his face at least twice without his permission. He believes these scans violated his human rights, an assertion he will present during a three-day court hearing that kicked off in Cardiff on Tuesday — and if the court agrees with Bridges, the ruling could profoundly alter future use of facial recognition tech by law enforcement.

Shopping Scans

Bridges says he first noticed police scanning his face while he was out shopping in Cardiff in December 2017.

“I popped out of the office to do a bit of Christmas shopping and on the main pedestrian shopping street in Cardiff, there was a police van,” Bridges told BBC News. “By the time I was close enough to see the words ‘automatic facial recognition’ on the van, I had already had my data captured by it.”

“That struck me as quite a fundamental invasion of my privacy,” he added.

Bridges says the second scan occurred while he was attending a peaceful anti-arms protest.

Setting A Precedent

With the support of human rights organization Liberty, Bridges launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to take the U.K. police to court.

“Facial recognition technology snatches our biometric data without our knowledge or consent, making a mockery of our right to privacy,” Liberty lawyer Megan Goulding said in a press release. “It is discriminatory and takes us another step towards being routinely monitored wherever we go, fundamentally altering our relationship with state powers and changing public spaces. It belongs to a police state and has no place on our streets.”

This is the U.K.’s first legal case on law enforcement’s use of facial recognition tech, so if the court agrees with Bridges and Liberty, it’ll set a precedent that could shape the future of the controversial technology throughout the nation — and possibly even beyond it.

READ MORE: Police facial recognition surveillance court case starts [BBC News]

More on facial recognition: Police Said You Could Skip Public Facial Recognition. They Lied.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

 

Massachusetts startup Alaka’i has designed a flying car that the company touts as the “first air mobility vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells” in a flashy announcement video. The big promise: ten times the power of conventional lithium batteries without compromising on carbon emissions.

The hydrogen fuel cells give the five-passenger Skai a maximum range of 400 miles (640 km) with a flight time of up to four hours.

The company has been working on the design for four years, and is hoping to receive Federal Aviation Administration certification before the end of 2020.

Six rotors enable vertical take-off and landing, enabling the vehicle to essentially fly like a massive drone. An “Airframe Parachute” ensures that the Skai doesn’t simply drop out of the air in the case of a propeller failure.

Hot Air?

But Skai remains an ambitious dream until Alaka’i receives all the relevant government and regulatory approvals. And then there’s the fact that hydrogen fuel is pretty hard to come by in most parts of the world.

CEO Stephan Hanvey admitted that it could take another ten years until flying cars become practical to ferry passengers from city to city in an interview with the Associated Press.

But it’s an exciting prospect, and a potential alternative to the limitations of current-state lithium batteries that could enable flying cars to cover a lot more ground — if hydrogen as a fuel source ever takes off.

READ MORE: Skai could be the first fuel cell-powered flying taxi [Engadget]

More on flying taxis: Study: Flying Cars Could End Up Being Greener Than Electric Cars

Soldiers to control Dron with thoughts

 

Game Of Drones

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has officially funded a program to come up with a brain-machine interface — in the form of a headset designed to let military personnel control anything from “active cyber defense systems” to “swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles” through brain activity alone, according to a press release.

The agency is hoping such an interface could make it easier for service members to carry out complex tasks and help them multitask as well.

“Just as service members put on protective and tactical gear in preparation for a mission, in the future they might put on a headset containing a neural interface, use the technology however it’s needed, then put the tool aside when the mission is complete,” said program manager Al Emondi in the press release.

Read/Write

DARPA has an ambitious timeline for the headset. First on the agenda: figure out a way to record electrical signals in the brain and how to relay information back to the brain tissue.

Once that’s settled, DARPA is hoping to turn that ability into a brain-machine interface that’s useful in a military context, such as controlling drone swarms. Let’s just hope it turns out to be more accurate at controlling drones in active combat than the $150 mind-controlled drone that hit Kickstarter in March.

READ MORE:DARPA Funds Ambitious Brain-Machine Interface Program [IEEE Spectrum]

More on brain-machine interfaces: Elon Musk: Brain-Computer Interface Update “Coming Soon”

Sustainable Energy Now

 

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2.6 Billion People Lack Access to Electricity. The World Needs Sustainable Energy Now.

Communities lacking electricity are forced to rely on dangerous fuels that can result in pollution and even cause premature death. The Global Maker Challenge received over a thousand submissions from innovators with potential solutions to help these communities.

5G: Destroy Our Humanity

 

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The 5G Smart Grid Will Literally Destroy Our Humanity

The up and coming 5G Smart Grid network, which will be in charge of managing the internet of things and other technologies, will literally be the end of humanity as we know it. Why do I say this? Because it’s true! This is not conjecture. What will emerge from the 5G control grid is not anything any individual who strives to be a free and sovereign human being would ever want.

The 5G Smartgrid is being sold to the global public (and will be accepted) under the guise of ultra-fast internet speeds never before seen. I mean when you tell people that 5G will be able to handle 1000 times the traffic of the current 4G network and download times will be up to 10 times faster, I’m sure most people will be like where do I sign up? So many people have become so addicted and dependent on the current technology that I see this as an easy sell. I don’t even see people putting up much resistance at all against it because most won’t see anything wrong with it. Autonomous driving cars, virtual reality, the internet of things and other technologies will rely on the 5G network and some people, I’m sure, are excited about the transition. However, they should avoid it like the plague, if they actually understood it how it will change humans forever.

People in society are fearful of typical things like losing your job, being robbed, shot, or even global war, just to name a few. The media seems to do nothing but fill people’s heads with images and narratives that keep people in a constant state of fear. However, the thing that will most likely lead our species down the darkest path it may ever go down will not be mentioned in a negative manner. It will be sold to us as good for us. The surveillance state is already out of control, and this system will now start to curb people’s behavior even more by controlling them through a cashless system. Once money is digitized and all your transactions are tracked, it won’t be very difficult to cut you off from society if you become a threat (for whatever reason). For this system to run to its maximum potential it will need a cashless society.

But the physical and environmental effects from 5G are what people really need to know. There are a variety of problems that may arise from the 5G network including effects on the skin, eyes, heart, immune system, and plant health. You can look at a more complete list of the negative effects surrounding the implementation of the 5G network here.

Here are some quotes from people regarding the 5G network.

“The new 5G wireless technology involves millimeter waves (extremely high frequencies) producing photons of much greater energy than even 4G and WiFi. Allowing this technology to be used without proving its safety is reckless in the extreme, as the millimeter waves are known to have a profound effect on all parts of the human body.”
-Prof. Trevor Marshall, Director Autoimmunity Research Foundation, California

“The plans to beam highly penetrative 5G milliwave radiation at us from space must surely be one of the greatest follies ever conceived of by mankind. There will be nowhere safe to live.”
-Olga Sheean former WHO employee and author of ‘No Safe Place’

“It would irradiate everyone, including the most vulnerable to harm from radiofrequency radiation: pregnant women, unborn children, young children, teenagers, men of reproductive age, the elderly, the disabled, and the chronically ill.”
-Ronald Powell, PhD, Letter to FCC on 5G expansion

After understanding some of the negative impacts that 5G may have on folks, I encourage you to watch this short two and a half minute clip of FCC Chair and former lobbyist Tom Wheeler speaking about rolling out 5G and bypassing standards and testing.

Here is a video by Max Igan discussing some of the issue with 5G

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So, are you ready for 5G Smart Grid? Are you going to jump at the chance to get on the grid, or not? Remember, if you refuse to participate from the get-go, the system will not work!

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FormJacking

 


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Se llama FormJacking y es la nueva amenaza silenciosa que ya está comprometiendo la seguridad de cientos de tiendas on-line de todo el mundo. Según el nuevo informe anual sobre amenazas informáticas publicado por Symantec, esta técnica se ha convertido en una nueva mina de oro para los cibercriminales, ya que les permite enriquecerse rápidamente sin demasiado esfuerzo.

AI

 

What is AI?

From SIRI to self-driving cars, artificial intelligence (AI) is progressing rapidly. While science fiction often portrays AI as robots with human-like characteristics, AI can encompass anything from Google’s search algorithms to IBM’s Watson to autonomous weapons.

Artificial intelligence today is properly known as narrow AI (or weak AI), in that it is designed to perform a narrow task (e.g. only facial recognition or only internet searches or only driving a car). However, the long-term goal of many researchers is to create general AI (AGI or strong AI). While narrow AI may outperform humans at whatever its specific task is, like playing chess or solving equations, AGI would outperform humans at nearly every cognitive task.

Why research AI safety?

In the near term, the goal of keeping AI’s impact on society beneficial motivates research in many areas, from economics and law to technical topics such as verification, validity, security and control. Whereas it may be little more than a minor nuisance if your laptop crashes or gets hacked, it becomes all the more important that an AI system does what you want it to do if it controls your car, your airplane, your pacemaker, your automated trading system or your power grid. Another short-term challenge is preventing a devastating arms race in lethal autonomous weapons.

How can AI be dangerous?

Most researchers agree that a superintelligent AI is unlikely to exhibit human emotions like love or hate, and that there is no reason to expect AI to become intentionally benevolent or malevolent. Instead, when considering how AI might become a risk, experts think two scenarios most likely:

  1. The AI is programmed to do something devastating: Autonomous weapons are artificial intelligence systems that are programmed to kill. In the hands of the wrong person, these weapons could easily cause mass casualties. Moreover, an AI arms race could inadvertently lead to an AI war that also results in mass casualties. To avoid being thwarted by the enemy, these weapons would be designed to be extremely difficult to simply “turn off,” so humans could plausibly lose control of such a situation. This risk is one that’s present even with narrow AI, but grows as levels of AI intelligence and autonomy increase.
  2. The AI is programmed to do something beneficial, but it develops a destructive method for achieving its goal: This can happen whenever we fail to fully align the AI’s goals with ours, which is strikingly difficult. If you ask an obedient intelligent car to take you to the airport as fast as possible, it might get you there chased by helicopters and covered in vomit, doing not what you wanted but literally what you asked for. If a superintelligent system is tasked with a ambitious geoengineering project, it might wreak havoc with our ecosystem as a side effect, and view human attempts to stop it as a threat to be met. More Information – HERE