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‘Mind reading’ chip unveiled in China could soon let you control your smartphone or PC with your thoughts

‘Mind reading’ chip unveiled in China could soon let you control your smartphone or PC with your thoughts

Ian Randall | The Daily Mail | Source URL A mind-reading chip that let you control a computer by just thinking has been unveiled at a conference in China.  Dubbed Brain Talker, works by picking out small electrical pulses in the brain and quickly decoding them into signals that a […]

Edward Snowden: With Technology, Institutions Have Made ‘Most Effective Means of Social Control in the History of Our Species’

Common Dreams | Source URL NSA whistleblower says “new platforms and algorithms” can have direct effect on human behavior NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said Thursday that people in systems of power have exploited the human desire to connect in order to create systems of mass surveillance. Snowden appeared at Dalhousie […]

US Universities And Retirees Are Funding The Technology Behind China’s Surveillance State

Ryan MAC , Rosalind Adams, | Buzzfeed News | Source URL Millions of dollars from US university endowments, foundations, and retirement plans have helped fund two billion-dollar Chinese facial recognition startups: SenseTime and Megvii. The Chinese government is using their technologies to surveil and profile its own citizens. HONG KONG — […]

Amazon votes to keep selling its controversial facial recognition software to police and governments despite growing privacy concerns

Amazon votes to keep selling its controversial facial recognition software to police and governments despite growing privacy concerns

James Pero | The Daily Mail | Source URL Amazon will continue to sell its controversial facial recognition software to law enforcement and other entities after its shareholders shot down a proposal to reel the technology in.   The vote effectively kills two initiatives brought before Amazon’s board. One proposal would […]

Facial recognition technology ‘violates human rights and must end’, landmark court case hears

Facial recognition technology ‘violates human rights and must end’, landmark court case hears

Lizzie Dearden | The Independent | Source URL First legal challenge against UK police trials of facial recognition to set precedent Police are breaking human rights law with the use of controversial facial recognition software, a landmark court case has heard. Ed Bridges is bringing the first legal challenge on […]

US government has its sights on AI that can track people for MILES using footage from different surveillance systems

US government has its sights on AI that can track people for MILES using footage from different surveillance systems

James Pero | The Daily Mail | Source URL An advanced research arm of the U.S. government’s intelligence community is looking to develop AI capable of tracking people across a vast surveillance network. As reported by Nextgov, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has put out a call for […]

Facebook bans extremist leaders including Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos for being ‘dangerous’

Facebook bans extremist leaders including Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos for being ‘dangerous’

Elizabeth Dwoskin | The Washington Post | Source URL Correction: Louis Farrakhan is an extremist leader who has espoused anti-Semitic views. An earlier version of this story and headline incorrectly included him in a list of far-right leaders. Facebook said on Thursday it has permanently banned several far-right and anti-Semitic […]

In America? Rapper charged with terrorism over controversial lyrics critical of police

In America? Rapper charged with terrorism over controversial lyrics critical of police

America is no longer America: Freedom of speech has been taken away Shepard Ambellas | INTELLIHUB | Source URL Rapper Mayhem Mal from the group Ghetto Superstar Committee has been charged with “terrorism” after the group uploaded a song titled Fuck the Police to both YouTube and Facebook which apparently constitutes a “true threat,” according to new federal legal […]

NEC’s Global Facial Biometrics Program Will “Solve Health Problems”

NEC’s Global Facial Biometrics Program Will “Solve Health Problems”

Mass Private I | Source URL Last week, NEC Corporation and Nagasaki University announced that they are creating a global facial recognition program based on the U.N.’s slogan of eradicating poverty called, “Leave No One Behind.” Seizing on the chance to turn the U.N.’s slogan into a global facial recognition […]