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Flatten the Curve. #49. Let's Dig into Jade Helm. AI. The Surveillance State. Internet of Things. FISA. Pentagon Preparing for Mass Civil Breakdown. What is Mob Excess Deterrent Using Silent Audio? Stay Aware and Get Ahead of the Curve.

Flatten the Curve. Part 48. Source Here
It's getting crazier day by day now, so are you following the Boy Scout motto?
On this topic, Baden-Powell says: Remember your motto, "Be Prepared." Be prepared for accidents by learning beforehand what you ought to do in the different kinds that are likely to occur. Be prepared to do that thing the moment the accident does occur. In Scouting for Boys, Baden-Powell wrote that to Be Prepared means “you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your duty.”
Why should you be prepared? Because TPTB have been preparing, that’s why.
June 12, 2014: The Guardian • Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown. Social science is being militarised to develop 'operational tools' to target peaceful activists and protest movements Source Here
Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown. It seemed ludicrous back in 2014, didn't it? Inconceivable. Sure some preppers believed it, but they're always getting ready and nothing happened. Doomsday was always right around the corner, and then the next corner, and on and on. Televangelists have probably accused more politicians of being the antichrist than the number of politicians went to Epstein's Island.
But why would they be preparing for mass civil breakdown? Could it be the same reason as why the miltary is preparing for war, droughts and famines brought about by environmental collapse?
February 20, 2020: History Network • Here’s Why These Six Ancient Civilizations Mysteriously Collapsed. From the Maya to Greenland’s Vikings, check out six civilizations that seemingly disappeared without a trace. Source Here
All of these civilizations vanished because of some combination of exhausting their natural resources, drought, plauge, and the little ice age. Sound familiar? Don't tell me that the Rockefeller Foundation and BlackRock became environmentally aware out of a sense of obligation to the planet. They're setting the groundwork for what's coming down the pipe. This isn't about money anymore, this is about control and survival. Throw out the rulebook because the rules no longer apply.
Do you think the surveillance system is for your protection, or the protection of the state? Don't you think that an era of upcoming calamities will severely damage the communication networks, and thus the surveillance system? It might be prudent to consider that Starlink is being established to make the system redundant, so that they never lose track of the precious worker bees before they can be connected to the AI hive mind, right Elon? Neuralink, don't leave home without it.
But let's not forget about the wonderful world of the Internet of Things.
March 15, 2012 • More and more personal and household devices are connecting to the internet, from your television to your car navigation systems to your light switches. CIA Director David Petraeus cannot wait to spy on you through them. Earlier this month, Petraeus mused about the emergence of an "Internet of Things" -- that is, wired devices -- at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA's venture capital firm. "'Transformational' is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies," Petraeus enthused, "particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft." All those new online devices are a treasure trove of data if you're a "person of interest" to the spy community. Once upon a time, spies had to place a bug in your chandelier to hear your conversation. With the rise of the "smart home," you'd be sending tagged, geolocated data that a spy agency can intercept in real time when you use the lighting app on your phone to adjust your living room's ambiance. "Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters -- all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing," Petraeus said, "the latter now going to cloud computing, in many areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum computing." Petraeus allowed that these household spy devices "change our notions of secrecy" and prompt a rethink of "our notions of identity and secrecy." All of which is true -- if convenient for a CIA director. The CIA has a lot of legal restrictions against spying on American citizens. But collecting ambient geolocation data from devices is a grayer area, especially after the 2008 carve-outs to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Hardware manufacturers, it turns out, store a trove of geolocation data; and some legislators have grown alarmed at how easy it is for the government to track you through your phone or PlayStation. That's not the only data exploit intriguing Petraeus. He's interested in creating new online identities for his undercover spies -- and sweeping away the "digital footprints" of agents who suddenly need to vanish. "Proud parents document the arrival and growth of their future CIA officer in all forms of social media that the world can access for decades to come," Petraeus observed. "Moreover, we have to figure out how to create the digital footprint for new identities for some officers." Source Here
December 19, 2019: New York Times • THE DATA REVIEWED BY TIMES OPINION didn’t come from a telecom or giant tech company, nor did it come from a governmental surveillance operation. It originated from a location data company, one of dozens quietly collecting precise movements using software slipped onto mobile phone apps. You’ve probably never heard of most of the companies — and yet to anyone who has access to this data, your life is an open book. They can see the places you go every moment of the day, whom you meet with or spend the night with, where you pray, whether you visit a methadone clinic, a psychiatrist’s office or a massage parlor. The Times and other news organizations have reported on smartphone tracking in the past. But never with a data set so large. Even still, this file represents just a small slice of what’s collected and sold every day by the location tracking industry — surveillance so omnipresent in our digital lives that it now seems impossible for anyone to avoid. It doesn’t take much imagination to conjure the powers such always-on surveillance can provide an authoritarian regime like China’s. Within America’s own representative democracy, citizens would surely rise up in outrage if the government attempted to mandate that every person above the age of 12 carry a tracking device that revealed their location 24 hours a day. Yet, in the decade since Apple’s App Store was created, Americans have, app by app, consented to just such a system run by private companies. Now, as the decade ends, tens of millions of Americans, including many children, find themselves carrying spies in their pockets during the day and leaving them beside their beds at night — even though the corporations that control their data are far less accountable than the government would be. Source Here
The IoT should be renamed to IoTT (Internet of Tracking Things), shouldn't it. But we can't have people figure out what's really happening, can we? It's a good thing that quantum computing isn't too close, isn’t it?
April 5, 2018: Global News • (Project Maven) Over 3,000 Google employees have a signed a petition in protest against the company’s involvement with a U.S. Department of Defense artificial intelligence (AI) project that studies imagery and could eventually be used to improve drone strikes in the battlefield. Source Here
December 12, 2019 • Palantir took over Project Maven defense contract after Google backed out. Source Here
December 29, 2020: Input • Palantir exec says its work is on par with the Manhattan Project. Comparing AI to most lethal weapon in human history isn’t comforting. SourceHere
August 14, 2020: Venture: • Google researchers use quantum computing to help improve image classification. Source Here
Hmmm. Maybe Apple will be for the little guy? They have always valued privacy rights, right?
October 2, 2013: Vice News • The hacktivist group Anonymous released a video statement with an accompanying Pastebin document claiming that there are definitive links between AuthenTec, the company that developed the iPhone 5S’s fingerprint scanner, and the US government. Source Here
An apple a day helps the NSA. Or Google. Or Microsoft. Or Amazon. Take your pick from the basket, because dem Apple's are all the same. But at least we have fundamental rights, right?
Foreign agent declaration not required • No mention of foreign agent status is made in the Protect America Act of 2007. Under prior FISA rules, persons targeted for surveillance must have been declared as foreign agents before a FISA warrant would be accorded by the FISC court.
'Quasi-anti-terrorism law' for all-forms of intelligence collection • Vastly marketed by U.S. federal and military agencies as a law to prevent terror attacks, the Protect America Act was actually a law focused on the 'acquisition' of desired intelligence information, of unspecified nature. The sole requirement is geolocation outside the United States at time of Directive invocation; pursuant to Authorization or Order invocation, surveillance Directives can be undertaken towards persons targeted for intelligence information gathering. Implementation of Directives can take place inside the United States or outside the United States. No criminal or terrorism investigation of the person need be in play at time of the Directive. All that need be required is that the target be related to an official desire for intelligence information gathering for actions on part of persons involved in surveillance to be granted full immunity from U.S. criminal or civil procedures, under Section 105B(l) of the Act.
Removal of FISA Strictures from warrant authorization; warrants not required • But the most striking aspect of the Protect America Act was the notation that any information gathering did not comprise electronic surveillance. This wording had the effect of removing FISA-related strictures from Protect America Act 2007-related Directives, serving to remove a number of protections for persons targeted, and requirements for persons working for U.S. intelligence agencies.
The acquisition does not constitute electronic surveillance • The removal of the term electronic surveillance from any Protect America Act Directive implied that the FISC court approval was no longer required, as FISA warrants were no longer required. In the place of a warrant was a certification, made by U.S. intelligence officers, which was copied to the Court. In effect, the FISC became less of a court than a registry of pre-approved certifications.Certifications (in place of FISA warrants) were able to be levied ex post facto, in writing to the Court no more than 72 hours after it was made. The Attorney General was to transmit as soon as possible to the Court a sealed copy of the certification that would remain sealed unless the certification was needed to determine the legality of the acquisition.Source Here
Oh. FISA is basically a rubber stamp. And even if it the stage play wasn't pretending to follow the script, would it matter? Who could actually stop it at this point? The cat's out of the bag and Pandoras Box is open.
Controversial debates arose as the Protect America Act was published. Constitutional lawyers and civil liberties experts expressed concerns that this Act authorized massive, wide-ranging information gathering with no oversight. Whereas it placed much focus on communications, the Act allowed for information gathering of all shapes and forms. The ACLU called it the "Police America Act" – "authorized a massive surveillance dragnet", calling the blank-check oversight provisions "meaningless," and calling them a "phony court review of secret procedures."
So the surveillance state doesn't have checks and balances anymore. The state is preparing for Massive Civil Breakdown. They keep warning us about environmental collapse. Got it? Good. Let's keep on keeping on.
The District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871 created a single new district corporation governing the entire federal territory, called the District of Columbia, thus dissolving the three major political subdivisions of the District (Port of Georgetown, the City of Washington, and Washington County) and their governments. Source Here)
The first big leap in corporate personhood from holding mere property and contract rights to possessing more expansive rights was a claim that the Equal Protection Clause applied to corporations. One of the strangest twists in American constitutional law was the moment that corporations gained personhood under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. It occurred in a case called Santa Clara County, and what was odd was that the Supreme Court did not really even decide the matter in the actual opinion. It only appeared in a footnote to the case. What we are likely to have at the conclusion of the Supreme Court term is corporations that are empowered to spend in American elections because of Bellotti and Citizens United; corporations that can make religious objections thanks to Hobby Lobby; and if Jesner turns out as badly as I predict, corporations will be able to aid and abet human rights violations abroad with impunity. Source Here
"Having a corporation would allow people to put property into a collective ownership that could be held with perpetual existence," she says. "So it wouldn't be tied to any one person's lifespan, or subject necessarily to laws regarding inheriting property." Later on, in the United States and elsewhere, the advantages of incorporation were essential to efficient and secure economic development. Unlike partnerships, the corporation continued to exist even if a partner died; there was no unanimity required to do something; shareholders could not be sued individually, only the corporation as a whole, so investors only risked as much as they put into buying shares. Source Here
The way that the Arab Bank may get away with this alleged morally troubling behavior, even though it has a New York branch, is by reasserting the basic argument that was made in Nestle USA and Kiobel II: that the federal Alien Tort Statute was not intended to apply to corporations full stop. Given other cases in this area like Mohamad v. PLO, which held the word “individual” in the Torture Victim Protection Act means a natural person and does not impose any liability against organizations, the Arab Bank’s procorporate argument may well prevail. There are multiple federal Circuit Courts which have shot down the argument that corporations are immune from suit under the Alien Tort Statute. The lone outlier is the Second Circuit, which decided in 2010 that corporations are excused from suit in Kiobel I. This is the case that was appealed to the Supreme Court and became Kiobel II. Jesner v. Arab Bank was litigated in the Second Circuit. One question in Jesner was what exactly did Kiobel II do to Kiobel I. So far in the litigation, Jesner concluded that Kiobel I and its conclusion that corporations can’t be sued in federal court using the Alien Tort Statute remained the controlling law of the Second Circuit.
There's a reason people call lawyers snakes, it's because most of them speak with forked tounges. So the corporation isn't being held liable, but the shareholders can't be held liable either. That's too insane to even be called a Catch 22. We are literally being set up to have no recourse because there isn’t anybody who can be held responsible. Why is that important when I've been talking about the surveillance state?
July 14, 2020: The Intercept • Microsoft’s police surveillance services are often opaque because the company sells little in the way of its own policing products. It instead offers an array of “general purpose” Azure cloud services, such as machine learning and predictive analytics tools like Power BI (business intelligence) and Cognitive Services, which can be used by law enforcement agencies and surveillance vendors to build their own software or solutions. A rich array of Microsoft’s cloud-based offerings is on full display with a concept called “The Connected Officer.” Microsoft situates this concept as part of the Internet of Things, or IoT, in which gadgets are connected to online servers and thus made more useful. “The Connected Officer,” Microsoft has written, will “bring IoT to policing.” With the Internet of Things, physical objects are assigned unique identifiers and transfer data over networks in an automated fashion. If a police officer draws a gun from its holster, for example, a notification can be sent over the network to alert other officers there may be danger. Real Time Crime Centers could then locate the officer on a map and monitor the situation from a command and control center. Source Here
Uhm, I guess it's really is all connected, isn’t it?
June 18, 2020: The Guardian • How Target, Google, Bank of America and Microsoft quietly fund police through private donations. More than 25 large corporations in the past three years have contributed funding to private police foundations, new report says. Source Here
Long live the Military Industrial Techno Surveillance State. If you have nothing to hide, than you have nothing to worry about. Really? Are we still believing that line? Cause it's a load of crap. If we have nothing to worry about, then why are they worried enough to be implementing surveillance systems with corresponding units on the ground? Got your attention there, didn't I?
August 19, 2019: Big Think • Though the term "Orwellian" easily applies to such a technology, Michel's illuminating reporting touches something deeper. Numerous American cities have already been surveilled using these god-like cameras, including Gorgon Stare, a camera-enabled drone that can track individuals over a 50-square kilometer radius from 20,000 feet. Here's the real rub: the feature that allows users to pinch and zoom on Instagram is similar to what WAMI allows. Anything within those 50-square kilometers is now under the microscope. If this sounds like some futuristic tech, think again: Derivations of this camera system have been tested in numerous American cities. Say there is a big public protest. With this camera you can follow thousands of protesters back to their homes. Now you have a list of the home addresses of all the people involved in a political movement. If on their way home you witness them committing some crime—breaking a traffic regulation or frequenting a location that is known to be involved in the drug trade—you can use that surveillance data against them to essentially shut them up. That's why we have laws that prevent the use of surveillance technologies because it is human instinct to abuse them. That's why we need controls. Source Here
Want to know more about the Gorgon Stare? Flatten the Curve. Part 12. Source Here
Now, I'm not sure if you remember or know any Greek Mythology, but the Gorgons were three sisters, and one sister had Snakes on her head (she wasn't a lawyer) and she turned people to stone when she looked at them.
MEDUSA (Mob Excess Deterrent Using Silent Audio) is a directed-energy non-lethal weapon designed by WaveBand Corporation in 2003-2004 for temporary personnel incapacitation. The weapon is based on the microwave auditory effect resulting in a strong sound sensation in the human head when it is subject to certain kinds of pulsed/modulated microwave radiation. The developers claimed that through the combination of pulse parameters and pulse power, it is possible to raise the auditory sensation to a “discomfort” level, deterring personnel from entering a protected perimeter or, if necessary, temporarily incapacitating particular individuals. In 2005, Sierra Nevada Corporation acquired WaveBand Corporation.
Ok. Get it? The Gorgon eye in the sky stares at you while the Medusa makes you immobile. Not good, but at least it'll just freeze you in your tracks.
July 6, 2008: Gizmodo • The Sierra Nevada Corporation claimed this week that it is ready to begin production on the MEDUSA, a damned scary ray gun that uses the "microwave audio effect" to implant sounds and perhaps even specific messages inside people's heads. Short for Mob Excess Deterrent Using Silent Audio, MEDUSA creates the audio effect with short microwave pulses. The pulses create a shockwave inside the skull that's detected by the ears, and basically makes you think you're going balls-to-the-wall batshit insane. Source Here
Uhm. And drive you insane.
July 26, 2008: Gizmodo • The MEDUSA crowd control ray gun we reported on earlier this month sounded like some pretty amazing-and downright scary-technology. Using the microwave auditory effect, the beam, in theory, would have put sounds and voice-like noises in your head, thereby driving you away from the area. Crowd control via voices in your head. Sounds cool. However, it turns out that the beam would actually kill you before any of that happy stuff started taking place, most likely by frying or cooking your brain inside your skull. Can you imagine if this thing made it out into the field? Awkward! Source Here
Annnnnnnndddddd it'll kill you.
Guys, they're prepared. They've been prepared. They're ready. Remember the Doomsday Bunkers? The military moving into Cheyenne Mountain? Deep Underground Military Bunkers? The rapid rolling out of 5G? BITCOIN and UBI so neatly inserted into our minds over the last five years? They've directly told us to have three months of supplies in our homes. 2020 isn't going to be an anomaly? It's the start of the collapse of our natural resources. Take a look on Reddit and all the posts about crazy weather. Cyanobacteria blooms killing dogs and people. Toxic Super Pollution caused by atmospheric inversions killing people. This isn’t normal, this is New Normal. And they know it. They've known it for a while. Let me show you one last thing before I wrap it up.
From the earliest Chinese dynasties to the present, the jade deposits most used were not only those of Khotan in the Western Chinese province of Xinjiang but other parts of China as well, such as Lantian, Shaanxi.
Remember, words matter. Look at Gorgon Stare and Medusa. They don't randomly grab names out of a hat, or pick them because they think it sounds dystopian. They pick words for a reason.
July 7, 2017: The Warzone • There only appears to be one official news story on this exercise at all and it's available on the website of Air Mobility Command’s Eighteenth Air Force, situated at Joint Base Charleston. At the time of writing, a google shows that there were more than a half dozen more copies on other Air Force pages, as well as number of photographs. For some reason, someone appears to have taken these offline or otherwise broken all the links. Using Google to search the Defense Video Imagery Distribution System, which is the main U.S. military's public affairs hub, brings up more broken links. Oh, and unless there's been some sort of mistake, JADE HELM actually stands for the amazingly obtuse Joint Assistance for Deployment Execution Homeland Eradication of Local Militants. A separate web search for this phrase does not turn up any other results. Source Here
Now, using an acronym that indicates training to Eradicate Local Militants seems pretty dumb. It may be used in that manner if environmental collapse triggers riots, but i don't think they would warn everyone ahead of time, do you? So I dug a little bit more.
Joint Assistant for Development and Execution (JADE) is a U.S. military system used for planning the deployment of military forces in crisis situations. The U.S. military developed this automated planning software system in order to expedite the creation of the detailed planning needed to deploy military forces for a military operation. JADE uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology combining user input, a knowledge base of stored plans, and suggestions by the system to provide the ability to develop large-scale and complex plans in minimal time. JADE is a knowledge-based system that uses highly structured information that takes advantage of data hierarchies. An official 2016 document approved for public release titled Human Systems Roadmap Review describes plans to create autonomous weapon systems that analyze social media and make decisions, including the use of lethal force, with minimal human involvement. This type of system is referred to as a Lethal Autonomous Weapon System (LAWS). The name "JADE" comes from the jade green color seen on the island of Oahu in Hawaii where the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) is headquartered.
PACOM? Why isn't that command group responsible for the South China Sea?
Formerly known as United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) since its inception, the command was renamed to U.S. Indo-Pacific Command on 30 May 2018, in recognition of the greater emphasis on South Asia, especially India.
Now doesn't it look like Jade Helm is preparing for an invasion? And possibly insurrection later. Or at the same time? Or riots over WW3? Or food riots? And start thinking about why the laws are starting to exclude corporations? Then think about the mercenaries that are being contracted out by the government.
October 17, 2018: The Carolinan • In 2016, 75 percent of American forces were private contractors. In 2017, Erik Prince, former head of Blackwater, and Stephen Feinberg, head of Dyncorp, discussed plans for contractors completely taking over U.S. operations in Afghanistan. Although ultimately unsuccessful, it remains to be seen if the current administration will change its mind. Contractors are involved in almost every military task, such as intelligence analysis, logistics and training allied soldiers. Contractors are even involved in U.S. special ops missions. This is because contractors are essentially untraceable and unaccountable. Most are born in other countries; only 33 percent are registered U.S. citizens. Private military firms don’t have to report their actions to Congress, unlike the military or intelligence agencies. They also aren’t subject to the Freedom of Information Act, so private citizens and journalists aren’t allowed to access their internal documents. There are also no international laws to regulate private military firms. It’s been proven that many contractors are involved in illegal activities. The larger multinational companies sometimes hire local subcontractors. These contractors sometimes aren’t background-checked. A 2010 investigation by the Senate found that many subcontractors were linked to murders, kidnappings, bribery and anti-coalition activities. Some subcontractors even formed their own unlicensed mercenary groups after coalition forces leave. A 2010 House investigation showed evidence that the Department of Defense had hired local warlords for security services. In 2007, Blackwater contractors massacred 17 civilians. This eventually led Blackwater to being restructured and renamed as Academi. Source Here
Military Exercises. Private Defense Firms. No oversight. And it's all coming soon. Read more at Flatten the Curve. Part 20. Upcoming war and catastrophes. Source Here
Nah. I'm just fear mongering and Doomscrolling again.
Heads up and eyes open. Talk soon.
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When will we see the first VR blockbuster movie? by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] 2 points 3 months ago
VR is not so easy to make movies for. Plus, VR by its very nature requires one human per hmd. So the method of distribution is not as clear cut as a motion picture cinema. I mean the distribution is fine, in fact it is probably easier than ever. What is difficult is that you have to be in a VR hmd to watch the movie. Mass consumption of a motion picture will not come quickly.
But give things a couple of years. Really, that's it--maybe about 5 years, when VR hmds are more like glasses (and they're gonna be) The FOV will be to your peripheral vision, the resolution will look like, well, real life depending on things like "meta-lenses" and "light-field" technology.
I'm an early adopter of VR. On my Oculus Rift is a VR experience that is not a movie per se, but a demonstration of the commitment of Hollywood to develop for VR. The app is called "Within" and the short is called "Take Flight". It is star studded. It is also one of the truly fully 3D VR features out there. A lot of VR real life imagery is 360 degree immersive, but 2D flat like an Omni theater around you sort of. This short though? Wow! I highly recommend it.
But this short is analogous to a motion picture made in say, 1895 by the 'Lumière brothers'. Film makers don't really understand the method of the medium just yet. We have not even arrived at a Georges Méliès moment yet. But as the decades go by, it's going to get pretty crazy with new forms of genre that simply don't exist today. Many movies will probably center directly on the observer in some kind of way. The trick is to get you look where the director wants you to look. "Take Flight" does that by putting the action in a full orbit around you. The effect is pretty keen, but probably primitive by standards of say 20 years from now. Of course since this is futurology, things may be way different in 20 years too. All that "accelerating change" you know.
I just got me delivered an 'Oculus Go' yesterday from Amazon. I watched a very good resolution "Take Flight" 100% tether free.
It's like... magick.
I have some very distinct thoughts about VR if you like.
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How Important is it for Self-Driving Cars to be Electric? by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] 2 points 3 months ago
Interestingly automobiles were developed to be electric as early as 1884. Thomas Edison tried his darndest to popularize the electric car. Even early models of electric cars were nearly silent with a gentle hum, they did not have to be cranked and they did not vibrate and stink of fumes. But it was simply too early in rechargable battery history for the electric car to take. Also they just could not drive as fast as an ICE. By 1913 with the advent of the electric starter (no more hand cranking) and an absolute plentitude of petroleum--cheap gas and collaborating automotive manufacturers put an end to the electric car almost in it's entirety as a dedicated consumer product until pretty much the 1980s.
Now of course our electric cars have prodigious battery storage capacity (range), can drive just as fast if not faster than any ICE and one can be charged in roughly the time it takes to pump gas in a regular ICE.
I don't see a downside to this. Certainly it would help to abate human caused global warming. And to argue that they are too quiet and can't be heard approaching is one of the stupider arguments in human history. To me that is like saying; " Where are we going to get all our transplantable organs from without healthy people tragically (but usefully) dying in human caused MVAs once these SDVs take over?"
Plus I want that futuristic "hum" in my level 5 autonomy subscription SDV.
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Delivering VR in Perfect Focus With Nanostructure Meta-lenses by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] 2 points 3 months ago
This is my quote from the other day. I knew this was coming.
Then we have VAR. It is ultimate primitive today. But already powerful new technologies are developing that will take VAR, but particularly VR and will make it a technological phenomenon such as the world has never seen. The most recent was that weird "metalens" that I just learned about the other day. And everyone else did too. It was big news in this sub-reddit. But my point is that technology is ideally suited to advance our VR in ways that we cannot today even comprehend.
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Tesla making model 3 battery packs in 17 minutes down from 7 hours by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] 1,329 points 3 months ago
Interesting takeaway about "over-automating" things.
“One example would be, we have these fiberglass mats on top of the battery pack. They’re basically fluff. We tried to automate the placement and bonding of fluff to the top of the battery pack, which was ridiculous. ‘Flufferbot,’ which was really an incredibly difficult machine to make work. Machines are not good at picking up pieces of fluff. Hands are way better at doing that.
Me: "Not for much longer I bet."
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Future sailors: what will ships look like in 30 years? by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] -3 points 3 months ago
Watch out for the return of the sailing ship.
I don't care if ships start getting sails again, as long as I have awesome VR and can live forever.
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The Army Is Working on Brain Hacks to Help Soldiers Deal With Information Overload by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] 4 points 3 months ago
Important takeaway:
Separately from the Army's Cognition and Neuroergonomics Collaborative Technology Alliance and DARPA's Squad X, the military has been working on an “implantable neural interface” that could allow soldiers and AIs to directly communicate.
That's right, a brain modem, one that translates data into electronic impulses that are compatible with a human being's own thoughts.
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Biology will be the next great computing platform, DNA will be the code that runs it, and CRISPR will be the programming language. by mvea in Futurology

[–]izumi3682 5 points 3 months ago
I always think something like that too. But then I think about what exactly our goals are.
Consider the bird and the horse. Humans have always wanted to fly like the bird. Through science and technology we managed to fly like the bird. But our manmade "birds" today can move at nearly seven times the speed of sound. I am not even including spacecraft. For most of recorded human history we used the horse to travel about and carry things. Now our manmade emulations of the horse are the multitude of methods of artificial automotive transportation to include the train and the plane, the car and the truck. These clever emulations courtesy of the industrial revolution took the example of the bird and the horse and changed them beyond anything we could recognize and improved them, by our standards, absolutely astronomically. And darned if the narrow AI is not going to soon be running all of these devices in another exponential technological improvement. Watch as in the next few years you see the advent of the level 5 autonomy human passenger carrying flying drone!
Just imagine what our emulations of the human mind are going to be like.
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The Oculus Go is a VR headset for grannies, and that’s a good thing by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] 2 points 3 months ago
Wow! Some people downvoted the dickens out of me I don't know why. But I agree with you that games are but the tip of the iceberg when it come to VR. Read what I have to say and see what you think.
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The Oculus Go is a VR headset for grannies, and that’s a good thing by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] -3 points 3 months ago
I talk about VR a lot. Here is some of my commentary if you like.
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Pilot study validates artificial intelligence to help predict school violence by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] 2 points 3 months ago
Important takeaway:
The researchers found that machine learning - the science of getting computers to learn over time without human intervention - is as accurate as a team of child and adolescent psychiatrists, including a forensic psychiatrist, in determining risk for school violence.
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Artificial intelligence vs intelligence augmentation by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] 1 point 3 months ago
Well now, this is kinda what we should be angling towards. A manner of easily accessing the narrow AI with our minds. This is not so much a tomorrow or next year technology though. I would say it is going to take between 20-30 years to realize. That seems kind of long from today, but in the scheme of human recorded history of the last 6,000 years, it is as brief a time as the life of a mayfly. And the reason I say 6,000 years is because on the other side of that is a mostly (hopefully) 'human friendly' technological singularity.
A human of today, 2018, would no more be able to comprehend a derived human after that TS, than an australopithecus could comprehend a homo sapiens sapien's abstract thought, language based speech and tool-making abilities.
I see evidence of efforts today that we are striving to work towards that kind of TS. The development of the BMI and even that neat little trick of a device that can attach to your head externally and can "understand" your sub-vocalizations and have a assistant bot chat back to you through an earphone, demonstrates that not too long from now, we will have the sum total of all human knowledge within each human mind as naturally accessible as breathing. But a lot more understanding of how thoughts and neurons and neural networks and interfaces work needs to be done. Like I said 20-30 years.
But of course so many other factors are going to come into play in that intervening time, that this technology will seem very logical to everyone. And it is absolutely going to be necessary. I read not too long ago that in the last 2 years we have produced more information than the last 6,000 years up to 2 years ago, combined. See? That is why we call it "big data". (Yes, I understand a significant percentage of that is screamingly funny cat videos--but that doesn't detract from the point I'm trying to make.)
To be able to proceed as a sentient outer space or inner space (I have a "theory" about that) civilization we are going to have to be able to gainfully access and use that data. And we are also going to have be able to continuously absorb further data as well. As of today I have no idea how we are going to do this. I always fall back on my argument that if the laws of physics as we understood them in the year 1400, today 2018 or will in 3018, allow such a thing, we will at some point accomplish it.
And there is one more point that I must emphasize here in relation to all of this discussion. The term is "accelerating change".
It is definitely a very real, demonstrable phenomenon. Our computer processing speed and capacity, "Moore's Law" be damned, is exponentially improving. All of the full sum of data we have today, plus our processing power is going to double in less than 5 years at a maximum. Sit for a second and take that in. And I am being wycked conservative here. I am not even taking the potentially transcending impact of fully functional quantum computers into account. The so-called impending "quantum supremacy". That in itself may change the rules of the game in ways we already can't imagine.
This processing speed, data capacity and our feverish development of AI, put humanity into a sort of race now. Will the AI stay external from the human mind? Or will we meld with it? Staying external worries me. External AGI and a potential EI could mean the end of our run. To my way of thinking the AI must merge with the human mind. I really don't think there is a choice. But like I said before, the resulting humans would be... well, not business as usual. A first step towards abandoning biology I suspect.
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Watch physicist Roger Melko talk about the rapid advance of machine learning and the possibility of human-level artificial intelligence in this Perimeter Institute lecture. by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] 1 point 3 months ago
One of the things that equally tickles me and worries me is how we think the AI will "stop" exponentially improving upon reaching "human" level intelligence.
Have you ever been to an airshow where an F-15 whooshes by you about 100 feet above the ground?
Like that.
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The force by which a small magnet pulls a needle from the ground is more than the force by which the entire earth pulls the needle toward itself. by sigma_alpha in Showerthoughts

[–]izumi3682 4 points 3 months ago
Oh I can take that one further. The Earth with everything on it is gravitationally attracted to you.
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Technology is finally going to kill car dealers, and consumers win by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] 21 points 3 months ago
So many institutions and norms in the last say, fifty years have been absolutely essential or at worst essential necessary evils. I am telling you that in as little as ten years, the world is going to change almost incomprehensibly.
The industrial revolution took roughly 200 years to fully unfold. This next revolution which I place as beginning in the year 2012 when GPU narrow AI began to really take hold, will take about 20 years to unfold.
We are approaching a knife edge of danger before we even have to worry about "AI overlords". The narrow AI, robotics and automation are going to, if not eliminate most employ, are certainly going to eliminate enough employ that we will hit a critical mass of societal unease. The potential of revolt and upheaval is high.
I can only speak for the USA here, but the USA government is well aware of what is coming and is frankly concerned. Here is an official report from about 18 months ago. I read this and I can see why there is concern.
First, here is the report dated Dec 2016.
To make a long story short, the USA government recognizes what is coming in terms of AI, robotics and automation. The hope is that workers can be "retrained" or can accommodate to the AI, robotics and automation within a given profession. Ideas such as UBI and "post-scarcity are dismissed out of hand.
Here is the link to a comment I made a while back explaining the difference between an industrial revolution that took 200 years to unfold versus an AI revolution that is going to take about 20 years to unfold.
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As AI advances rapidly, More Human Than Human says, “Stop, let’s think about this” by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] 1 point 3 months ago
No, it is just a self post. You don't see my text?
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Apple Leaks Reveal VR Headset That Makes HTC Vive Look Ancient by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] 1 point 3 months ago
Oh! Sorry miss knickers--I was addressing mr faded there. He challenged me on my predictions and the timing of them.
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Bitcoin is the greatest scam in history by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] 1 point 3 months ago
Nah, I don't even pay attention to things like that. My knowledge of such things is far too limited. But I am still pretty excited about the future of course!
(Oh! I just realized you are all about Bitcoin. Well, you are one of the fewer smarter people. It's all good.)
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Bitcoin is the greatest scam in history by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] -2 points 3 months ago
I have always thought so. It took us 6,000 years to develop "fiat" in regular money. "Bitcoin" and it's ilk are just a few smarter humans taking advantage of the far larger cohort of less smart humans. In a sort of backhanded compliment, I see this as a good comment on the eternal brilliant cleverness of the human intellect. We will figure out AGI in no time I bet.
I'll just wait for "post-scarcity" my ownself. I been working 39 years. I can hang for 8 more til I retire. Or the AGI takes over. Or something.
(AGI doesn't exist as of 1 May 2018 BTW)
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VR Needs More Social: 77% of Virtual Reality Users Want More Social Engagement by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] 2 points 3 months ago
Whoa--whoa! Give them a bit of time to get things right. VR as a consumer product has been available for 2 years. In the last one year, two highly advanced social VR sites came into being. Both are directly derived from "Second Life" btw. I just wanted to throw that in because I have been happily hanging out in SL for over ten years now. Anyway, the two sites are "High Fidelity" and "Sansar". I have been to HF numerous times. For as limited as VR is yet, this is a pretty darn well realized VR social arena.
Here is more detail if you are interested. I also talk quite a bit about Google EarthVR which is something else you might find truly amazing when it comes to VR.
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Apple Leaks Reveal VR Headset That Makes HTC Vive Look Ancient by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] -2 points 3 months ago
Yes but decades ago is not today. Things is different now. The last 8 years is the difference.
Also what is "magical"? Are you implying I am employing "magical thinking"?
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Artificial intelligence is silly by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] 4 points 3 months ago
The author of this article is thinking too limitedly. He is thinking like a human in the year 2018. He is trying to juxtapose what our world up to now is and has been, with what the future is going to bring. That is like trying to envision the year 1970 from the year 1920. Lots of airplanes, zeppelins and skyscrapers and searchlights, because searchlights were considered to be absolutely amazing technology in the year 1920.
What is coming in the next 5-30 years is going to be beyond anything that humans in the year 2018 can properly envision. That is partly because our minds in their current biological configuration, absent AI enhancement, simply cannot conceive of what the changes are going to be like.
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Apple Leaks Reveal VR Headset That Makes HTC Vive Look Ancient by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] -1 points 3 months ago
See? I told you.
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As AI advances rapidly, More Human Than Human says, “Stop, let’s think about this” by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] 4 points 3 months ago
Too late. The cat's out of the bag. Not only can we not stop or even slow the advance of our AI development, but it is clearly now in a point of acceleration wherein the rate of acceleration itself is accelerating. Our science, technology, even economies are inextricably dependent on the ever increasing speed of (narrow, for now) AI development.
This may seem alarming to you, but draw back to a universal overview, one far removed from the planet Earth and you will see this is a likely natural and normal "evolution" of the universe itself.
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Progress on designing multi-generation interstellar asteroid ship (Me: BIG logical thinking error here) by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] 1 point 3 months ago
In this case, the thriving community of space explorers who — unlike computers, AIs and robotics — need to LIVE. To eat, exercise, work, have fun, sleep, get sick, get well, get old, die and make new people in turn. Many of the ‘’people maintenance’’ functions we can imagine are really pretty easy to turn over to AI powered robotics.
Me: People on interstellar "asteroid ships"--"They're just like US!"
I don't think we are going to go on asteroid ships to the stars. In fact ultimately I don't think we are going to the stars at all. To me this concept smacks of the ancient Romans envisioning an olive tree one thousand feet high that can provide olive oil to the entire empire.
I think the future will go more like this...
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This Presidential Hopeful Wants to Save America From an A.I. Takeover by izumi3682 in Futurology

[–]izumi3682[S] 2 points 3 months ago
Thank you! To me the important thing is getting this information out there. A perfect analogy for homo sapiens sapiens and our humanity today is the massive intricately tunneled ant mound, with all of its wars and problems and achievements and minutiae of their everyday lives lived in utter chemical pheromone tunnel vision. They have no idea or even concept of the massive earth mover about to fully end all they know.
This link here is a bit of a rabbit hole, but I have learned the very hard way that my old commentary eventually vanishes into distance and I can no longer access it. Years and years of commentary now gone to me. So I have begun to consolidate and save in large link chunks what I can, when I think something is relevant. Here is a link that leads to one of those rabbit holes if you like. You will find many links to videos and sources.
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