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5G Is The “Stupidest Idea In The History of The World”- Washington State Biochemistry/Medical Science Prof

We are in the midst of a 5G wireless technology rollout, and politicians have yet to address safety concerns. I recently used Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as an example, but it’s happening worldwide. It’s one of many examples that illustrates how large corporations completely control politics. I also recently wrote about Robert F. Kennedy explaining how this came to be, and how they’ve been able to completely compromise government, big media, and our federal regulatory agencies that are supposed to be protecting and informing us. In the video, he uses Big Pharma as an example, as they provide the most money to…

Self-Driving Cars Might Kill Auto Insurance as We Know It: Without humans to cause accidents, 90% of risk is removed. Insurers are scrambling to prepare.

Dan Peate, a venture capitalist and entrepreneur in Southern California, was thinking of buying a Tesla Model X a few years ago—until he called his insurance company and found out how much his premiums would rise. “They quoted me $10,000 a year,” Peate recalled. For all the concern over accidents involving driverless cars, including Tesla’s troubles with its limited self-driving Autopilot mode, it’s easy to forget one of the supposed virtues of autonomous vehicles: They will make the roads safer. A sophisticated array of lidar, radar and cameras is expected to be more adept at detecting trouble than our mortal eyes and ears.…

Facebook is a law-breaking “digital gangster,” UK government report says

Facebook yesterday said it is willing to face “meaningful regulation” after UK lawmakers accused the company of acting like a “digital gangster” that has knowingly violated laws and helped spread Russian misinformation during elections. A House of Commons committee that oversees media policy chastised Facebook in a report on “disinformation and ‘fake news.'” “Companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law,” the report said. “Facebook’s handling of personal data, and its use for political campaigns, are prime and legitimate areas for inspection…

Jaguar’s ‘connected car’ could mean you’ll never see a red light again

Silent, electric, self-driving cars are creating a new set of challenges for the world’s carmakers. But connected cars also promise to make life easier on the road. Vehicles that talk to each other, and to roadside infrastructure, have been under development for more than 20 years and promise to provide an early warning system by sharing information about road conditions, weather, traffic jams and crashes. Jaguar Land Rover is even developing a system that promises a life without red lights. Just over 150 years since the installation of the world’s first traffic lights, outside the Houses of Parliament in London,…

Tech Whiz Who Made Millions in His 20s….Was Dead by 34

Colin Kroll, a college dropout turned startup millionaire, drifted through his company’s holiday party at Gran Morsi, a cozy Italian restaurant in downtown Manhattan. Dressed in a gray sweater and jeans, he chatted up employees and their plus ones. When one of his engineers offered to get Mr. Kroll a drink, he flashed a big smile. “I’ve stopped drinking. I’m trying to be healthier.” He’d started running regularly, too. “Look at you, being such a great CEO,” she said. Co-workers at the party chuckled to themselves about his earnestness as he circulated among the crowd asking, “Are you having a…

Google, Apple Called Out For Hosting Saudi Government App That Allows Men To Track Their Spouses’ Movements

Seems like this would be something that would go without saying: if you’re an American tech company, don’t willingly assist oppressive regimes in the oppression of their populace. Twitter is forever helping the Turkish government silence critics and journalists. Facebook has allowed governments to weaponize its moderation tools, quite possibly contributing to government-ordained killings. Now, Ron Wyden is calling out both Apple and Google for making it easier for Saudi Arabian men to treat their spouses (and employees) like possessions, rather than people. Apple and Google have been accused of helping to “enforce gender apartheid” in Saudi Arabia, by offering…

China set to launch 1,000 medical clinics with no human doctors, just AI

Last year, Ping An Good Doctor, a one-stop healthcare ecosystem platform from China, piloted unstaffed clinics that employ artificial intelligence called “One-minute Clinics” in the Wuzhen Scenic Area outside of Shanghai, which connect patients with a clinician on Ping An Good Doctor’s in-house medical team. Just last week, the company announced that it had placed its One-minute Clinics across 8 provinces and cities in China and signed service contracts for nearly 1,000 units, providing healthcare services to more than 3 million users. The clinics currently provide online consultations for more than 2,000 common diseases, and can immediately answer tens of…

HP’s ink DRM instructs your printer to ignore the ink in your cartridge when you cancel your subscription

Inkjet printer manufacturers continue to pioneer imaginative ways to create real-world, desktop dystopias that make Black Mirror look optimistic by comparison: one such nightmare is HP’s “subscription” printers where a small amount of money buys you ink cartridges that continuously communicate with HP’s servers to validate that you’re still paying for your subscription, and if you cancel, the ink stops working. HP’s argument is that it’s subsidizing the ink and you’re agreeing to this treatment in the bargain, but of course, HP isn’t “subsidizing” the ink, it’s merely charging a couple hundred percent markup, as opposed to its usual practice…

SLAUGHTERBOTS China is unleashing killer robots and stealth drones that carry out targeted airstrikes without a human pressing the fire button

CHINA is aggressively unleashing lethal fully autonomous drones that can carry out targeted military strikes, a think tank has warned. The killer drones and pilotless aircraft fitted with AK-47 rifles are being exported to Asia, Africa and combat zones in the Middle East. US national security think tank Center for a New American Security (CNAS) said in a report that Chinese officials see this AI ‘arms race’ as a threat to global peace. Gregory C Allen, the author of the report, said China is rushing to integrate ever more sophisticated artificial intelligence into weapons and military equipment. He pointed out…

German Regulators Just Outlawed Facebook’s Whole Ad Business

Facebook’s massively lucrative advertising model relies on tracking its one billion users—as well as the billions on WhatsApp and Instagram—across the web and smartphone apps, collecting data on which sites and apps they visit, where they shop, what they like, and combining all that information into comprehensive user profiles. Facebook has maintained that collecting all this data allows the company to serve ads that are more relevant to users’ interests. Privacy advocates have argued that the company isn’t transparent enough about what data it has and what it does with it. As a result, most people don’t understand the massive…

France, Saudi Arabia Experiment With AI Speed Cameras: Officials in Saudi Arabia and France explore using artificial intelligence to eventually replace human tickets review entirely

Artificial intelligence algorithms could soon take over the duty of reviewing speed camera and red light camera tickets. Officials in Saudi Arabia and France have investigated the use of AI to further automate the processing of citations generated by automated ticketing machines. Photo enforcement vendors demonstrated the technology last month in the traffic safety pavilion of the Al-Jenadriyah national heritage festival outside Riyadh. The new technique uses machine learning algorithms to analyze speed camera video, processing the images to determine whether it is possible to issue tickets for failing to wear a seat belt or using a cell phone behind…

YouTube Considers Removing “Dislike” Button Due To Creator Complaints, Hurt Feelings

Today in “keeping social media a shiny happy place” news, YouTube is reportedly considering disabling the “dislike” button to address what the company is calling “dislike mobs”. A Verge article says that “dislike mobs” are groups of people who become upset with a certain creator or a certain video and decide to execute an organized effort to downvote or negatively review it. It’s an issue that YouTube has seen before and one that content creators have spoken out about. Videos with a high number of dislikes are less likely to be recommended for people to watch and could eventually hurt…

Raspberry Pi Opens Its First Official Retail Store

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has opened its first retail store in Cambridge, UK. In addition to offering Apple some local competition in the critical tech-stores-named-after-tasty-fruit market, the store aims to introduce consumers who may not have heard of the RBP to the homebrew capabilities and custom computing options that the diminutive system is capable of. The store, which you can see above, looks something like an Apple or Microsoft Store crossed with an old-fashioned Radio Shack. It’s easy to forget, given how long it has been, but the early homebrew computing kits and projects were themselves supported by a network…

Chinese researchers have linked a human brain to a rat’s brain, allowing “mind control” of the rat’s movements

A Chinese research team has developed the ability to mind control a rodent, building a wireless brain-to-brain system that enables a human to move the “rat cyborg” through a maze. The research, published in Nature’s Scientific Reports on Feb. 4, details a brain-to-brain interface (BBI) that connects a human brain to a computer, which then decodes and stimulates the rat brain to move. The researchers detail their methodology in a delightful section of the published paper called “rat cyborg preparation”, explaining how they implanted electrodes in two sections of the rat brain. The researchers then “trained” the rats by using…

Amazon’s Home Security Company Is Turning Everyone Into Cops: Neighbors, a social media crime-reporting app owned by Amazon, creates a digital ecosystem in which you are encouraged to assume the worst about your neighbors

“MY PACKAGE THIEF HAS BEEN ARRESTED!!!,” reads a post on Neighbors, a “neighborhood watch” social network run by Ring, which is a home security systems company owned by Amazon. The post shows two side-by-side images: one is of a man as captured on a home security camera, and the other is of someone who appears to be the same man, as photographed in a mugshot. “This man stolen my packages along with my neighbors packages on 1/14/19 and I’m happy to report that he was arrested on 2/3/19 by the NYPD,” the post caption reads. The comments universally congratulate the…

Police want Google to remove ability to report checkpoints in Waze.

The NYPD is calling on Google to yank a feature from its Waze traffic app that tips off drivers to police checkpoints — warning it could be considered “criminal conduct,” according to a report on Wednesday. The department sent a cease-and-desist letter over the weekend demanding Google disable the crowd-sourced app’s function that allows motorists to pinpoint police whereabouts, StreetsBlog reported. “Individuals who post the locations of DWI checkpoints may be engaging in criminal conduct since such actions could be intentional attempts to prevent and/or impair the administration of the DWI laws and other relevant criminal and traffic laws,” wrote Acting…

Wells Fargo suffers widespread outage of ATMs, mobile banking capabilities

Customers of Wells Fargo Opens a New Window.  on Thursday reported an outage affecting the big bank’s ATMs as well as online and mobile banking Opens a New Window. . KULR-TV in Montana is reporting that a bank employee said the outage is a result of a fire at a server farm located in Shoreview, Minnesota. As a result of the fire the servers had to be shut down, the bank employee reportedly said. A customer service representative reportedly said it is a nationwide outage. Wells Fargo in a tweet said: We apologize to our customers who may be experiencing an issue with…

Here’s How YOU Can Be Profiled Even If You’ve NEVER Used Social Media

The days of having a fully (or even mostly) private life are long gone, it seems, and social media is largely to blame. Even if you have deactivated all of your social media accounts – or never had any in the first place – your privacy is not guaranteed. That’s because your privacy on social media is not controlled by you, but by the people around you, according to an alarming new study that, according to one report, “shows that privacy on social media is like second-hand smoke. It’s controlled by the people around you.” Here’s how your behavior can…

Russian Warships Have New Weapon That Causes Hallucinations

Classic films featuring duels often began the scene with one participant allowing the other to “Choose your weapon.” If it was a comedy, the quick-thinking opponent would opt for an enjoyable and safe option like cream pies or Nerf guns. Today, that list might include a new weapon being installed on two Russian warships – a gun that causes the target to hallucinate. Would the Three Stooges go for this one or is there actually something dangerous to it? “At the same time, 20 percent noted the hallucinogenic effect of exposure, described as “a spot of light floats before my…

Dementia patients to be tracked by smart meters so that doctors can monitor any sudden changes that indicate illness, falls or mental decline

The NHS is to use energy smart meters to monitor dementia patients in their homes. The devices will track patients’ daily routines, such as when they boil the kettle, cook dinner or turn the washing machine on. They will flag up any sudden change in behaviour which could indicate an illness, a fall or a decline in their mental state. The meters will be able to send alerts to family members or carers, who can pop round to check if the patient is all right. Experts say the devices will enable patients to live independently for longer without going into care,…

US Army To Give Soldiers New 1-Ounce Hidden Weapons That Will Change the Game

Army units will soon be equipped with pocket-sized drones to give them an edge on the battlefield. The Army has awarded FLIR Systems a $39.6 million contract to provide Black Hornet personal-reconnaissance drones, the company said in a release on its website. The drones are 6.6 inches long and weigh 1.16 ounces, the company said. They can fly in day or night conditions for up to 1.24 miles. The drones have a maximum speed of 20 feet per second. The drones can remain airborne for about 25 minutes. Once the army gets the drones, they will be deployed with a…

Chaos has reportedly erupted inside Facebook as employees find themselves unable to open the company’s apps on their iPhones

Facebook’s thousands of employees are reportedly unable to use the company’s internal iOS apps after it was caught running a data-gathering research app that violated Apple’s developer policies. Apple said on Wednesday that it had revoked Facebook’s certificates giving it access to a special enterprise program that companies can use to distribute internal apps and tools outside the public App Store. The move has caused internal Facebook apps to stop working, creating a chaotic situation that the company has deemed a critical problem, The Verge reported. Facebook employees reportedly can’t open company apps for transportation and the lunch menu, along…

Major vulnerability in 5G means that anyone with $500 worth of gear can spy on a wide area’s mobile activity

Stingrays (AKA IMSI catchers) are a widespread class of surveillance devices that target cellular phones by impersonating cellular towers to them (they’re also called “cell-site simulators”). IMSI catchers are so easy to build and operate that they have leapt from police agencies to criminals, and foreign and corporate spies, exposing us all to potential surveillance from all quarters. That’s why it was so important that the new 5G mobile protocol be designed to foil IMSI catchers, and why the 3rd Generation Partnership Project, or 3GPP (the body standardizing 5G) updated the Authentication and Key Agreement (AKA) to resist IMSI catching…

Facebook Gears Up For The Elections, Disables Political Ad Monitoring Tools Used By Transparency Watchdogs

The social media psychopath, Mark Zuckerberg is at it again. According to this Zero Hedge report  Facebook has stopped being transparent with political watchdogs, just in time for the upcoming elections. Facebook has disabled the ability of third party political transparency advocates to monitor political advertisements placed on the social network – a move described by one of the affected organizations as an “appalling look.”  UK-based WhoTargetsMe and US-based ProPublica have been using voluntarily installed browser plugins to collect data on advertisements targeting users. The tools have helped expose “many of the advertising tatics used by politicians, making it harder…

MIT Used a Laser to Transmit Audio Directly Into a Person’s Ear

Scientists have figured out how to use a laser to transmit audio, ranging from music to speech, to a person across a room without any receiver equipment — a potential breakthrough for the future of audio and communication. “Our system can be used from some distance away to beam information directly to someone’s ear,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology research Charles M. Wynn said in a press release. “It is the first system that uses lasers that are fully safe for the eyes and skin to localize an audible signal to a particular person in any setting.” Sweeping Success In a paper published on…

DHS: Multiple US gov domains hit in serious DNS hijacking wave

The Department of Homeland Security has issued an emergency directive ordering administrators of most federal agencies to protect their Internet domains against a rash of attacks that have hit executive branch websites and email servers in recent weeks. The DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued the directive on Tuesday, 12 days after security firm FireEye warned of an unprecedented wave of ongoing attacks that altered the domain name system records belonging to telecoms, ISPs, and government agencies. DNS servers act as directories that allow one computer to find other computers on the Internet. By tampering with these records, attackers…

The FBI Says It Can Neither Confirm Or Deny Social Media Monitoring Programs It Publicly Secured Contracts For

It’s no secret the FBI engages in social media surveillance. It has a contract with Dataminr to sift through tweets directly from Twitter’s firehose. For years it has engaged in suspicionless pre-investigation “assessments,” which compile every publicly-available piece of information the agency can gather without a warrant or subpoena. (Assessments also allow the agency to gather info from law enforcement-only databases, but that’s not the issue at hand here.) From this starting point, the FBI can decide whether or not the person it targeted in its non-investigation investigation is worth investigating. Public posts on social media services have zero expectation…

Digital license plates now legal in Michigan, will roll out soon

Drivers in Michigan can begin using digital license plates after the Michigan legislature passed a bill allowing the technology in Michigan. The state passed Public Act 656 of 2018 enabling the plate technology, which can replace the 125-year-old stamped metal plates. Reviver Auto, which created the “Rplate,” the first digital license plate, will now work with Secretary of State Joceylyn Benson to roll them out to interested users. “We look forward to continuing our great working relationship with the state of Michigan, to not only contribute to a more connected community and bring significant benefits to its citizens and businesses,…

Google Chrome changes could ‘destroy’ ad-blockers

Blocking ads could become much harder if Google makes proposed changes to its Chrome web browser, warn developers. The changes could “destroy” ad-blockers, said one maker of widely-used blocking software. Others said the update would make it far harder for users to stop firms tracking them online and make it easier for them to be bombarded with ads. Google said the proposals were a “draft” and added that it would work with developers to limit their impact. No changes “This would basically mean that Google is destroying ad-blocking and privacy protection as we know it,” said a statement from ad-blocking…

Google-Facebook duopoly now commands 80% of ad market

If you think the internet is under the control of Big Tech now, it’s going to get much worse this year, reports a State of Digital Media White Paper. Consolidation of revenue continues, with Amazon, Microsoft, Oath, Twitter and Snap spending $29 billion, compared to Google-Facebook spending a staggering $169 billion in 2018. With this blatantly left-leaning cartel totally dominating the digital advertising market with boycotts and blacklisting, it’s more bad news for free speech and the free press. And that’s not the end of the story, according to the report. Over the next five years, this cabal’s growth is…

Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother? Kinda Looks Like It

A friend of mine, who runs a large television production company in the car-mad city of Los Angeles, recently noticed that his intern, an aspiring filmmaker from the People’s Republic of China, was walking to work. When he offered to arrange a swifter mode of transportation, she declined. When he asked why, she explained that she “needed the steps” on her Fitbit to sign in to her social media accounts. If she fell below the right number of steps, it would lower her health and fitness rating, which is part of her social rating, which is monitored by the government.…

AI is sending people to jail

AI might not seem to have a huge personal impact if your most frequent brush with machine-learning algorithms is through Facebook’s news feed or Google’s search rankings. But at the Data for Black Lives conference last weekend, technologists, legal experts, and community activists snapped things into perspective with a discussion of America’s criminal justice system. There, an algorithm can determine the trajectory of your life. The US imprisons more people than any other country in the world. At the end of 2016, nearly 2.2 million adults were being held in prisons or jails, and an additional 4.5 million were in…

Your mobile phone is a propaganda machine that keeps you wired to narratives and upset 24/7 about meaningless stories, fake news, and opinions.

While unlimited information is one of the greatest achievements in human history, it is also one of the worst things we’ve ever invented. Instead of using the internet to learn, most people use it to lash out over bullshit that has no effect on their daily lives. And now it is in your pocket at all times of the day giving you a microphone to give your opinion about everything that happens, egged on by the media who profits from it all. We give them clicks and hate each other, they make money and advance whatever their agenda is. Just…

Humans to download their SOULS onto microchips so they can ‘live FOREVER’

Richard Skellett, a founder of Digital Anthropologist and an expert for Future of Work, has warned of a future in which British workers have chips inserted underneath their skin. The process has already been trialled with company BioTeq fitting 150 implants in the UK. And Sweden-based firm Biohax told the Sunday Telegraph that it is in discussions with several British companies about microchipping. But as humans and machines become more in-sync, it could open up all sorts of possibilities – including being able to live forever. Speaking to Daily Star Online, Mr Skellett explained: “There’s a lot of talk at…

HP says it will limit its 3-D printers’ ability to create ‘ghost guns’

HP Inc. says it won’t allow users of its 3-D printers to produce guns unless those users are firearms manufacturers and the weapons that are created can be detected by airport security. The Silicon Valley-based company – one of the world’s biggest sellers of personal computers and printers – cited its “regular use” policy that precludes it from allowing its printers from being used to make homemade guns. “HP is against ‘ghost guns’ being produced on our 3-D printers,” HP Chief Executive Dion Weisler wrote in the November letter, obtained by the Oregonian/OregonLive. HP did not say how it would stop…

Tim Cook calls on FTC to let consumers track and delete their personal data

Apple CEO Tim Cook has called on the US government to introduce new tools to help users control the online data collected about their lives. Writing in an op-ed for Time magazine, Cook said consumers should have the power to “delete their data on demand, freely, easily and online, once and for all.” In the column Cook inveighed against what he called the “shadow economy” of data brokers: companies that collect and sell personal data generated by digital tracking. Cook repeated points he made in a speech last year, saying that the public needs new rights to manage this information.…

Facebook Accused of Using ’10-Year Challenge’ Meme to Improve Its Facial Recognition

While the “10-Year Challenge” spreading across social media may appear to be the latest innocuous viral phenomenon, sweeping upwards of 5 million users and multiple celebrities into the challenge, privacy experts and technology analysts are sounding the alarm about the social engineering motives behind the trend. According to the theory, the meme – which calls for Facebook and Instagram (which is owned by Facebook) users to upload a photo of themselves a decade ago alongside their latest photo – was deliberately crafted by Facebook as a means to harvest photos for the sake of improving the social media giant’s facial…

DARPA Proposes An AI That Can Monitor The Entire World For Threats

That most famous characterization of the complexity causality, a butterfly beating its wings and causing a hurricane on the other side of the world, is thought-provoking but ultimately not helpful. What we really need is to look at a hurricane and figure out which butterfly caused it — or perhaps stop it before it takes flight in the first place. DARPA thinks AI should be able to do just that. A new program at the research agency is aimed at creating a machine learning system that can sift through the innumerable events and pieces of media generated every day and…

Canadian banks suggest biometrics and federated ID to support digital economy

Canadian Bankers Association says Canada must create a digital identification system, potentially utilizing technology such as blockchain, biometrics and document review over a live video connection. The association’s chief executive says moving away from a paper-based, face to face process towards a modern identification system of this kind is needed to “unlock the full potential” of the digital revolution that is underway. Neil Parmenter added in his speech in Toronto today that the need for digital identification “will only grow more urgent” as Ottawa explores the possibilities of open banking, the payments system is modernized and blockchain and artificial intelligence…

Google Employees Melt Down Over The Word ‘Family’

A Google executive sparked a fierce backlash from employees by using the word “family” in a weekly, company-wide presentation, according to internal documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. Many Google employees became angry that the term was used while discussing a product aimed at children, because it implied that families have children, the documents show. The backlash grew large enough that a Google vice president addressed the controversy and solicited feedback on how the company could become more inclusive. TheDCNF received the documents from a source who insisted upon anonymity in order to share them. One employee stormed out…

Massive Oklahoma Government Data Leak Exposes 7 Years of FBI Investigations

Another day, another huge leak of government information. Last December, a whopping 3 terabytes of unprotected data from the Oklahoma Securities Commission was uncovered by Greg Pollock, a researcher with cybersecurity firm UpGuard. It amounted to millions of files, many on sensitive FBI investigations, all of which were left wide open on a server with no password, accessible to anyone with an internet connection, Forbes can reveal. “It represents a compromise of the entire integrity of the Oklahoma department of securities’ network,” said Chris Vickery, head of research at UpGuard, which is revealing its technical findings on Wednesday. “It affects…

Largest collection of breached data ever seen is found

The largest collection of breached data ever seen has been discovered, comprising of more than 770m email addresses and passwords posted to a popular hacking forum in mid-December. The 87GB data dump was discovered by security researcher Troy Hunt, who runs the Have I Been Pwned breach-notification service. Hunt, who called the upload “Collection #1”, said it is probably “made up of many different individual data breaches from literally thousands of different sources”, rather than representing a single hack of a very large service. Still, the work to piece together previous breaches has resulted in a huge collection. “In total,…

New satellite network will make it impossible for a commercial airplane to vanish

For the first time, a new network of satellites will soon be able to track all commercial airplanes in real time, anywhere on the planet. Currently, planes are largely tracked by radar on the ground, which doesn’t work over much of the world’s oceans. The final 10 satellites were launched Friday to wrap up the $3 billion effort to replace 66 aging communication satellites, reports CBS News’ Kris Van Cleave, who got an early look at the new technology. On any given day, 43,000 planes are in the sky in America alone. When these planes take off, they are tracked…

Chip Your Babies: The Bluetooth diaper has arrived

Now, no, I’m not a parent and I’ve never had a baby. But even I know that diapers can be pretty gross. Especially when they are real blowouts. But, is this the answer? I’m not sure so… The South Korean company Monit has created wearable tech for our babes. “Monit created a cookie-sized sensor with Bluetooth that attaches to the outside of a baby’s diaper. The sensor can detect whether there’s pee or poo in the diaper and alert parents and caregivers. No more need for a diaper sniff test. Using a smart diaper sensor can reduce instances of diaper…