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  • Artificial Intelligence Can Serve Democracy [Re China's abuse of AI to suppress freedom]

    06/26/2020 6:39:00 PM PDT · by ransomnote
    whitehouse.gov ^ | June 26, 2020 | Office of Science and Technology Policy
    The U.S. is using every tool at its disposal to defeat the novel coronavirus, including artificial intelligence. American laboratories are harnessing AI to discover new therapeutics. The Food and Drug Administration approved an AI tool to help detect coronavirus in CT scans. And the White House led an initiative to create a database with more than 128,000 articles that scientists can analyze using AI to help understand the virus better and develop treatments.At the same time, AI is being twisted by authoritarian regimes to violate rights. The Chinese Communist Party is reportedly using AI to uncover and punish those...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Biden-Linked AI Firm and U.S. Social Media Giants Sponsored Beijing Tech Conference Alongside Chinese Military Proxies

    08/11/2020 12:09:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The National Pulse ^ | August 11, 2020 | Natalie Winters
    The annual conference is hosted by Great Wall Club (GWC), a group comprised of executives from Chinese companies such as Tencent and their Silicon Valley counterparts. This collaboration, however, poses a national security threat and runs the risk of intellectual property theft and espionage per the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Tencent, for example, has been characterized by the U.S. State Department as a “tool of the Chinese government” with “no meaningful ability to tell the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ‘no’ if officials decide to ask for their assistance,”and is among the bevy of Chinese companies banned or on track...
  • Mark Zuckerberg Pops Out Of Man's Shower To Warn Him The Story He's Reading Is Fake News

    10/16/2020 6:39:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | October 15, 2020 | The Babylon Bee
    BURLINGTON, NJ—Local man Bradley Waters was reading an interesting story he'd seen on Facebook while on the toilet this morning. He wasn't sure if everything in the story was true, but he thought it was a significant story anyway. He was about to share it on Facebook with some thoughtful comments encouraging his friends to check it out and use their own judgment to figure out if it's true. But just as his finger hovered over the share button, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg jumped out from behind his shower curtain to warn him the story might be fake news. "Greetings,...
  • Minnesota Nice? Orwellian Governor Walz Blames "Racism" for Failure of his Surprise CASPER At-Home Blood and Saliva Sampling

    09/28/2020 5:34:49 PM PDT · by Lenora Thompson · 26 replies
    Lenora Thompson, Patriotic Writer ^ | 9/28/2020 | Lenora Thompson
    Hear that? It's the Twilight Zone music playing softly in the background because they're here-ere. Surprise, unsolicited, undesired at-home blood and saliva sampling courtesy of Minnesota's Governor Walz of "rock and cow" infamy. Or rather, they were here. No sooner had the task forces begun ringing doorbells, but Governor Walz called off his Orwellian henchmen claiming we Minnesotans were racist and threatening his Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response teams. CASPER, for short. Catchy, ain't it. Did I mention he's up for re-election in 2022? Brilliant campaign move. There may have been a bona fide incident of racism or...
  • Biden's Town Hall Adventure [semi-satire]

    09/19/2020 1:33:26 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 September 2020 | John Semmens
    Democratic presidential candidate former Vice-President Joe Biden told CNN's Anderson Cooper and town hall viewers that "China is not our enemy. If they were they wouldn't have given my son a billion dollar deal. I'll grant you that China hasn't been a perfect global citizen. From time to time they've stolen our technology. And every deadly respiratory virus seems to emanate from there. But these are all minor flaws—mistakes and bad luck that could've happened to anyone." In a response to a potato farmer's question about why there are so many unnecessary regulations impeding her work, Biden advised the woman...
  • Not interested in bringing Alexa into your house? That's OK, Amazon's working with your LANDLORD now

    09/04/2020 11:09:36 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 42 replies
    rt ^ | 9/3/2020 | Reuters / Elijah Nouvelage
    Amazon has rolled out a whole-building version of its Alexa AI voice assistant for landlords, billing ‘Alexa for Residential’ as extending smart-home functionality to renters – tenants’ consent apparently not required. The e-commerce giant announced Alexa for Residential on Thursday, describing it as a feature “that makes having an Alexa-enabled home accessible for anyone, regardless of whether they rent or own their home.” Tenants can link up their own Amazon account, but if they don't have one, no problem – they'll be placed on the building's system. Landlords, Amazon explains, will have the option to provide “custom voice experiences for...
  • Google's Tracking Troubled its Own Engineers

    08/27/2020 12:26:27 PM PDT · by Rio · 26 replies
    Design and Development Today ^ | August 27, 2020 | Michael Liedtke
    Google's own engineers were troubled by the way the company secretly tracked the movements of people who didn't want to be followed until a 2018 Associated Press investigation uncovered the shadowy surveillance, according to unsealed documents in a consumer fraud case. The behind-the-scenes peek stems from a three-month-old lawsuit against Google filed by Arizona's attorney general. The files, unsealed late last week, reveal that Google knew it had a massive problem on its hands after an AP article published in August 2018 explained how the company continued to track users' whereabouts even after they had disabled the feature Google called...
  • Rutherford County Schools Tell Parents Not to Monitor Their Child’s Virtual Classrooms

    08/19/2020 1:17:04 PM PDT · by Twotone · 120 replies
    The Tennessee Star ^ | August 15, 2020 | Chris Butler
    Parents of students who attend Rutherford County Schools (RCS) must agree not to monitor their child’s online classroom sessions. Officials at all county schools are asking parents to sign forms agreeing not to watch these virtual classes. The Tennessee Star received a copy of such a form this week. “RCS strives to present these opportunities in a secure format that protects student privacy to the greatest extent possible, however because these meetings will occur virtually RCS is limited in its ability to fully control certain factors such as non-student observers that may be present in the home of a student...
  • Researchers release free AI-powered Fawkes image privacy tool for 'cloaking' faces

    08/11/2020 8:08:07 AM PDT · by Sergio · 24 replies
    DP Review ^ | August 11, 2020 | Brittany Hillen
    Researchers with the University of Chicago's SAND Lab have detailed the development of a new tool called Fawkes that subtly alters images in a way that makes them unusable for facial recognition. The tool comes amid growing concerns about privacy and an editorial detailing the secret scraping of billions of online images to create facial recognition models. Put simply, Fawkes is a cloaking tool that modifies images in ways imperceptible to the human eye. The idea is that anyone can download the tool, which has been made publicly available, to first cloak their images before posting them online. The name...
  • Chicago Using Social Media to Spy on Tourists [semi-satire]

    08/08/2020 5:02:12 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 9 August 2020 | John Semmens
    Desperate to replace the tax revenues lost due to the City’s oppressive response to the COVID pandemic, Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady has authorized a widespread surveillance of social media posts. “There are 22 states whose residents must report for a mandatory 14-day quarantine if they travel to Chicago,” Arwady said. “Very few are voluntarily submitting to this requirement. This forces us to monitor their social media activity. If we spot selfies or other posts sent from known tourist hot spots we check to see whether other posts from the same account were made from one...
  • A micro-movie about masks.

    07/22/2020 8:08:23 AM PDT · by Ozguy1945 · 5 replies
    https://tujuhbelasan.com/ ^ | 22 July 2020 | Ozguy1945
    Masks are good for concealing a human being. If you live in a drain then masks are what you need. They do give protection and they also hide fear. They are now mandatory in the state of Victoria in Australia. The state premier Daniel Andrews, also known as Dictator Dan, now has 1,000 defence force personnel to help police the people of Victoria. He banned golf and fishing very early in the pandemic but let 10,00 people crowd the streets for a BLM protest. If the police arrest you for sitting in a park its a $1,600 fine. Freedom -...
  • High School Students and Alumni Are Using Social Media to Expose Racism

    06/29/2020 4:03:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 16, 2020 | Taylor Lorenz and Katherine Rosman
    Over the past few weeks, as the Black Lives Matter movement has grown following outrage over the killing of George Floyd, high school students have leveraged every social media platform to call out their peers for racist behavior.
  • Amazon pauses police access to AI tool

    06/11/2020 8:00:39 AM PDT · by ro_dreaming · 18 replies
    LinkedIn ^ | 11 Jun 2020 | Kelli Nguyen
    Amazon says it will place a "one-year pause" on allowing police to use its facial-recognition tool, one day after IBM said that it's exiting the business. While IBM will no longer offer, develop or research the software, Amazon is using a moratorium in the hope that Congress will "put in place appropriate rules for ethical use of facial recognition." Amid crackdowns on protests against police racism and brutality across the country, tech companies are facing increased scrutiny over their contracts with law enforcement agencies, with studies showing that the technology is inferior at identifying the gender of people with darker...
  • Senate rejects tougher standards for collection of search and browsing data

    05/13/2020 11:45:02 AM PDT · by sockmonkey · 24 replies
    CNet ^ | May 13, 2020 10:02 a.m. PT | Laura Hautala
    The US Senate voted down an amendment to the USA Patriot Act on Wednesday that would create a tougher standard for government investigators to collect the web search and browsing histories of people in the states. The bipartisan amendment, proposed by Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, a Democrat and Sen. Steve Daines of Montana, a Republican, would've required the Department of Justice to show probable cause when requesting approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to collect the data for counterterrorism or counterintelligence investigations. Before the vote, Daines told the Senate the bill was necessary to keep the government from...
  • Methods for Getting Around Facial Recognition Systems

    05/03/2020 10:40:13 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 13 replies
    Liberty Island Magazine ^ | 04/21/2020 | Tamara Wilhite
    Facial recognition systems threaten our privacy. They can track where you go and add that information to the massive amount of information already saved about each of us. Big Brother is watching you and enabled by AI. And when it makes a mistake reading your face, you could end up with criminal charges far worse than when the toll tag system misreads your license plate. Here are several methods for fooling and interfering with facial recognition systems.
  • Coronavirus NSW: Dossier lays out case against China bat virus program

    05/02/2020 12:43:58 PM PDT · by Covenantor · 38 replies
    Saturday Telegraph Australis ^ | May 2, 2020 3:15pm | Shari Markson
    Coronavirus NSW: Dossier lays out case against China bat virus program China deliberately suppressed or destroyed evidence of the coronavirus outbreak in an “assault on international transparency’’ that cost tens of thousands of lives, according to a dossier prepared by concerned Western governments on the COVID-19 contagion. The 15-page research document, obtained by The Saturday Telegraph, lays the foundation for the case of negligence being mounted against China. It states that to the “endangerment of other countries” the Chinese government covered-up news of the virus by silencing or “disappearing” doctors who spoke out, destroying evidence of it in can also...
  • CRYPTOCURRENCY SYSTEM USING BODY ACTIVITY DATA WO/2020/060606

    04/27/2020 10:14:23 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 4 replies
    patentscope.wipo.int ^ | 26.03.2020 | MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING
    Human body activity associated with a task provided to a user may be used in a mining process of a cryptocurrency system. A server may provide a task to a device of a user which is communicatively coupled to the server. A sensor communicatively coupled to or comprised in the device of the user may sense body activity of the user. Body activity data may be generated based on the sensed body activity of the user. The cryptocurrency system communicatively coupled to the device of the user may verify if the body activity data satisfies one or more conditions set...
  • Methods for Getting Around Facial Recognition Systems

    04/21/2020 11:02:58 AM PDT · by tbw2 · 51 replies
    Liberty Island Magazine ^ | 04/21/2020 | Tamara Wilhite
    Facial recognition systems threaten our privacy. They can track where you go and add that information to the massive amount of information already saved about each of us. Big Brother is watching you and enabled by AI. And when it makes a mistake reading your face, you could end up with criminal charges far worse than when the toll tag system misreads your license plate. Here are several methods for fooling and interfering with facial recognition systems.
  • Facebook releases county-by-county maps of COVID-19 symptoms

    04/20/2020 5:12:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    NBC "News" / Comcast ^ | April 20, 2020 | By Ahiza García-Hodges and Dylan Byers
    Facebook released its first county-by-county maps Monday showing the prevalence of self-reported COVID-19 symptoms based on data it has collected. The maps, which will be updated daily, are meant to help health officials allocate resources and decide where parts of society can be reopened. They use information from a voluntary survey Facebook has been prompting users to take. The survey, operated by the Carnegie Mellon University Delphi Research Center, is designed to help health researchers identify COVID-19 hot spots earlier. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the goal is to give state officials a sense of where they may need to...
  • European coronavirus app platform gains traction with governments

    04/17/2020 7:54:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 17, 2020 | by Douglas Busvine
    BERLIN - A European technology platform to support smartphone apps that can help trace people at risk of infection by the new coronavirus is gaining support from governments, one of its prime movers said on Friday. Seven countries have either formally supported the Pan-European Privacy Preserving Proximity Tracing initiative or tasked one of its members with developing a national app, German tech entrepreneur Chris Boos told Reuters. PEPP-PT has emerged as a leading proponent of the use of Bluetooth short-range communications between personal devices as a proxy for measuring the risk that a person infected with coronavirus can pass it...