Scientists Seek Device To Eavesdrop On Voices And Secret Thoughts In Your Head

TN Note: Technocrats have been working on mind-reading machines for several years and passionately so since Obama’s Brain Initiative was announced. The video below was aired 5 years ago, and was revolutionary. Radical advancements have been made since then. The supposed benefits are always framed in terms of medical conditions that prevent people from speaking or expressing themselves, like stroke victims, for instance. This is extremely dangerous technology that literally begs for abuse. 

A mind-reaching machine that can translate thoughts into speech is coming closer to reality.

The research has been ongoing for several years, and recently, scientists successfully managed to playback a word that someone is thinking by monitoring their brain activity.

While there remains a long way to go, they say this could help victims of stroke and others with speech paralysis to communicate with their loved ones.

Professor Robert Knight and his team at UC Berkeley have been studying how hearing words, speaking out loud and imagining words involves brain areas that overlap.

‘Now, the challenge is to reproduce comprehensible speech from direct brain recordings done while a person imagines a word they would like to say,’ said Knight, who is also the Founding Editor of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Knight says the goal of the device is to help people affected by motor disease such as paralysis and Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

‘There are many neurological disorders that limit speech despite patients being fully aware of what they want to say,’ Knight said.

‘We want to develop an implantable device that decodes the signals that occur in the brain when we think about a word, then turn these signals into a sound file that can be reproduced by a speech device.’

Such a novel device would communicate people’s intended thoughts via an electronic speaker or writing device, but the team still has a lot more research to conduct.

They have been able to reproduce a word a person has just heard on a machine, by monitoring temporal lobe activity in a neurosurgical setting.

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Smaller Cities Across US Opening High-Tech Crime/Pre-Crime Centers

TN Note: Technocracy’s demand for total monitoring is pressing down to local communities, and citizens everywhere would be well-advised to make an uproar to stop it in their own communities. This leads only to a digital slavery (Scientific Dictatorship) because people who know that they are being continually surveilled change their behavior. Free speech is stifled. Free choice is suppressed. This a most dangerous trend that must be curtailed.

Michelle Plante scoured a surveillance video for clues, trying to identify the man seen shooting at someone in a Hartford playground recently in broad daylight. Luckily, no children were there, and the man fled into a nearby house after missing his target.

Plante, who works in the new Real-Time Crime and Data Intelligence Center for Hartford police, determined the address of the house and who lived there. She ran names through databases, hoping to determine the name of the shooter.

Similar work is going on across the country at police real-time crime centers, where walls of flat-screen monitors are fed by surveillance cameras, and computers take in data from shotgun detection systems and license plate readers. Intelligence from the centers is sent to officers on the street, helping them find suspects and avoid harm by having crucial, real-time information, police officials say.

In Hartford, Plante quickly found a booking photo of one of the residents of the house who looked like the shooter. That information gave police a major lead they may not have had otherwise. Authorities say they are now building a case against the man.

New York City opened its Real Time Crime Center – the first of its kind – in 2005, and other large cities followed suit. Smaller cities are now opening their own centers after acquiring surveillance cameras, gunshot detectors and other technology. Civil liberties advocates, meanwhile, have privacy concerns and are calling for better regulation of police surveillance operations.

Such facilities have opened in the past year in Hartford; Wilmington, Delaware; and Springfield, Massachusetts. Others are in the works in Bridgeport, Connecticut; Modesto, California; and Wilmington, North Carolina.

“It’s such a great asset having everybody under one roof,” said Sgt. Johnmichael O’Hare, who’s in charge of Hartford’s center, which officials unveiled in February. “It’s all about transfer of information.”

Although open only a few months, the center has assisted officers in hundreds of criminal cases that have resulted in arrests, O’Hare said.

“It’s huge,” he said about the new capabilities. “It provides them real-time intelligence.”

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Tech Startup Claims It Can Detect Terrorists By Just Looking At A Face

TN Note: Critics are already wondering if this is a rebirth of the long-debunked practice of phrenology, which believed that personality traits could be determined by measurements of the skull. It was used to justify racism and naturally found its way into Nazi Germany. This is very dangerous precedent that could lead to massive abuse of power. Homeland Security has already signed a contract with the maker. 

Israeli start-up Faception is claiming it can spot terrorists by simply analyzing their faces and says it is working with “a leading Homeland Security Agency” to identify potential threats.

The company, founded in 2014, uses “computer vision and machine learning technology” to profile people from just a facial image and says it can reveal a range of personality traits and types.

So far it has built 15 different classifiers, including extrovert, genius, academic researcher, professional poker players, bingo player, brand promoter, white collar offender, paedophile and terrorist. However Faception notes on its website that this is customizable and a relevant classifier could be built if the desired behaviour originates from a person’s DNA.

DNA is the key, according to company CEO Shai Gilboa. “Our personality is determined by our DNA and reflected in our face. It’s a kind of signal,” he told The Washington Post.

The company also relies on ‘social and life science research’ to back up its considerable claim, citing research from Edinburgh University exploring the impact genetics has on personality traits by studying identical and non-identical twins

Homeland security and public safety are the primary focus of Faception, although the technology is also applicable to financial services, marketing and artificial intelligence.

A marketing pitch video explains that the technology goes beyond facial recognition and can predict terrorists. It references last year’s Paris attacks as an example of how the technology can work.

Only three of the 11 terrorists had a previous record, our technology classified nine of those as potential terrorists with no prior knowledge, that’s why we’re working with the leading Homeland Security Agency,” the video claims.

It also noted its success at a poker tournament where two of the four players it predicted as the best out of 50 made it into the final. It compared the photos of the amateur players against a Faception database of professional poker players to get those results.

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Websites Are Now Turning To Audio Fingerprinting To Follow You

TN Note: It turns out that you can be identified even without your IP or computer MAC address, because every computer and browser configuration has a unique audio signal that can be calculated remotely. This is somewhat analogous to smart meter technology that can infer what devices you have in your home simply by reading their electric consumption signatures. Unquestionably, the Intelligence community is already using this technology to identify people everywhere.

 New research into web-tracking techniques has found some websites using audio fingerprinting for identifying and monitoring web users.

During a scan of one million websites, researchers at Princeton University have found that a number of them use the AudioContext API to identify an audio signal that reveals a unique browser and device combination.

“Audio signals processed on different machines or browsers may have slight differences due to hardware or software differences between the machines, while the same combination of machine and browser will produce the same output,” the researchers explain.

The method doesn’t require access to a device’s microphone, but rather relies on the way a signal is processed. The researchers, Arvind Narayanan and Steven Englehardt,

have published a test page to demonstrate what your browser’s audio fingerprint looks like.

“Using the AudioContext API to fingerprint does not collect sound played or recorded by your machine. An AudioContext fingerprint is a property of your machine’s audio stack itself,” they note on the test page.

The technique isn’t widely adopted but joins a number of other approaches that may be used in conjunction for tracking users as they browse the web.

For example, one script that they found combined a device’s current charge level, a canvas-font fingerprint and a local IP address derived from WebRTC, the framework for real-time communications between two browsers.

The researchers found 715 of the top one million websites are using WebRTC to discover the local IP address of users. Most of these are third-party trackers.

Meanwhile, Canvass fingerprinting was found on 14,371 sites with scripts loaded from 400 different domains. The researchers analysed canvass fingerprinting in 2014, and note three changes since then.

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The FBI’s Secret Biometrics Database They Don’t Want You To See

TN Note: All intelligence agencies report directly to the Director of National Intelligence, or DNI. The DNI organizes and orchestrates all intelligence activities and data collection in the country. Since the DNI position was established by George Bush in 2005, when the massive intel reorganization took place, nothing has been able to resist its privacy-destroying surveillance. Knowledge is power, and their knowledge of the American public is staggering. Between all financial records, social media activity, personal communications, facial recognition, DNA collections, etc., there will come a day when they have amassed 100% of all data on all citizens. This is clearly their goal, and with knowledge comes power – power to control the populace.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wants to prevent information about its creepy biometric database, which contains fingerprint, face, iris, and voice scans of millions of Americans, from getting out to the public.

The Department of Justice has come up with a proposal to exempt the biometric database from public disclosure. Itstates that the Next Generation Identification System (NGI) should not be subject to the Privacy Act, which requires federal agencies to give people access to records that have been collected concerning them, “allowing them to verify and correct them if needed.”

The proposal states that allowing individuals to view their own records, or even an account of those records, could compromise criminal investigations or “national security efforts,” potentially reveal a “sensitive investigative technique,” or provide information that could help a subject “avoid detection or apprehension.”

The database contains biometric information on people who have provided fingerprints to employers, or for licenses and background checks, as well as on convicted criminals and those that have been suspected of wrongdoing even for a short period of time, according to Underground Reporter.

The proposal argues that the FBI should be able to retain the data it has collected on individuals even if they are later found to have done nothing illegal, as the information “may acquire new significance when new details are brought to light.”

The FBI claims the retained data could also be used for “establishing patterns of activity and providing criminal lead.”

In addition, the FBI’s proposal calls for an exemption to a clause which requires agencies to maintain records proving that their determinations regarding individuals in their data base are fair and legally justified, arguing that it is “impossible to know in advance what information is accurate, relevant, timely and complete.”

The proposal is open for comment until June 6.

Facial recognition is being used outside the realms of law enforcement as well. For example, a nightclub in Sydney uses the technology to identify clubbers previously deemed unruly to prevent them from getting in again.

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New Surveillance System From Purdue May Let Cops Use All Of The Cameras, Everywhere

TN Note: Developed by Technocrat engineers at Purdue University, this ‘Person of Interest’-style technology is paid for by your tax dollars. Without grants and salaries, these amoral savants of technology would be pounding sand. That this could lead to universal government surveillance does not bother them in the least, and they have conveniently left no means of verifying misuse of the system. 

The 30 million or so surveillance cameras peering into nearly every corner of American life might freak you out a bit, but you could always tell yourself that no one can access them all. Until now.

Computer scientists have created a way of letting law enforcement tap any camera that isn’t password protected so they can determine where to send help or how to respond to a crime. “It’s a way to help people take advantage of information that’s out there,” says David Ebert, an electrical and computer engineer at Purdue University.

The system, which is just a proof of concept, alarms privacy advocates who worry that prudent surveillance could easily lead to government overreach, or worse, unauthorized use. It relies upon two tools developed independently at Purdue. The Visual Analytics Law Enforcement Toolkit superimposes the rate and location of crimes and the location of police surveillance cameras. CAM2 reveals the location and orientation of public network cameras, like the one outside your apartment. You could do the same thing with a search engine like Shodan, but CAM2 makes the job far easier, which is the scary part. Aggregating all these individual feeds makes it potentially much more invasive.

Purdue limits access to registered users, and the terms of service for CAM2 state “you agree not to use the platform to determine the identity of any specific individuals contained in any video or video stream.” A reasonable step to ensure privacy, but difficult to enforce (though the team promises the system will have strict security if it ever goes online).

“I can certainly see the utility for first responders,” says Dave Maass, an investigative researcher with digital rights group EFF. “But it does open up the potential for some unseemly surveillance.”

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French Weapons Maker To Create Stationary Stratospheric Surveillance Platform

TN Note: What can’t be surveilled from the ground will be easy pickings for this new solar energy-driven blimp called Stratobus, that can stay up in the sky for over one year. They will be cheap, easy to deploy and certainly in great demand by all governments of the world. They will be even more cherished by Technocrats everywhere because they will provide a new source of data collection that did not exist before. 

A French weapons manufacturer is developing a stratospheric airship, dubbed the Stratobus, that could act as a high-altitude eye in the sky for government agencies around the world.

The €17 million grant from a French government investment program will go towards what Thales Alenia Space described as a “vehicle halfway between a drone and a satellite.”

While the autonomous Stratobus craft looks like a cross between World War I barrage balloon and a Zeppelin airship, it will in fact be capable of rising considerably higher than normal air traffic.

Solar panels will generate power for the ship’s electric propulsion system, allowing it to maintain a stationary position against winds of up to 90 km/h.

With an operational lifespan of five years, the Stratobus can hang 20 kilometers above the earth’s surface, offering a view range of about 500 kilometers, its creators claim.

Exactly what the 100-meter-long solar energy blimp will be used for is currently unknown. However, Thales is marketing it as an observation platform and future fighter of international terrorism.

While the Stratobus was conceived back in 2014, the research and development phase on the electronic blimp has finally begun, according to the Thales Group.

“Stratobus is midway between a drone and a satellite, making a low-cost product offering permanent regional coverage and ideally complementing satellite solutions,” said Jean-Philippe Chessel, project manager. “Using only solar energy and green technologies, Stratobus has a very small carbon footprint – much smaller than that of a small private plane.”

Alongside video surveillance systems, the French multinational firm has developed hardware like rocket and mortar systems for militaries both in France and abroad.

Thales Group creations include a multi-weapons system called SWARM, which enables users to fire off machine gun or grenade launcher rounds from a safe distance. It is used by the US and British armed forces.

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Creeping Technocratic Dictatorship: Giant Tech Firms Storing Medical Data, DNA

TN Note: Massive amounts of data are being collected by private corporations like Google and Microsoft. Much, if not all, of it is shared with government intelligence agencies. What is left of privacy is in tatters and the Technocrats’ dream of a Scientific Dictatorship is close to being realized.

Governments are cooperating with Google so the latter could access millions of medical records already on file, while Operating System giant Microsoft wants to store data into our DNA.

What are they cooking exactly?

Those people who are awake and aware of Google’s participation in the Bilderberg Club annual meetings, know that the IT giant has all the resources to basically do anything related to data acquisition and utilization in a massive scale.

Our big problem is: the majority of the people don’t know exactly how these data are to be utilized.

It is therefore incumbent upon all of us to spread this information to as far and wide as possible,  so that the planned and already developing Technocratic Dictatorship, using gathered data, establishment of digital currency, and micro-chipping of the population, can be stopped right on its track.

Introducing Google DeepMind Health,

“We founded DeepMind to solve intelligence and use it to make the world a better place by developing technologies that help address some of society’s toughest challenges. It was clear to us that we should focus on healthcare because it’s an area where we believe we can make a real difference to people’s lives across the world.

We’re starting in the UK, where the National Health Service is hugely important to our team. The NHS helped bring many of us into the world, and has looked after our loved ones when they’ve most needed help. We want to see the NHS thrive, and to ensure that its talented clinicians get the tools and support they need to continue providing world-class care.

Frontline nurses, doctors and other healthcare professionals who spend their days treating patients know better than anyone what’s needed to provide outstanding care. We at DeepMind Health aim to support clinicians by providing the technical expertise needed to build and scale technologies that help them provide the best possible care to their patients.” (https://deepmind.com/health)

Do we really need more Orwellian data gathering to improve public healthcare? Or, we just need to remove restrictions to medical marijuana, and other long suppressed technologies that were proven to work with the immune system and help the body cure itself?

The potential problem here is when individual health conditions are used to discriminate, blackmail and force the subjugation of the entire population.

Vaccine advocate and depopulation poster boy, Bill Gates, is also using his Microsoft enterprise to buy off DNA data storage technology from Twist Bioscience, to “write DNA at a cost enabling data storage.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – April 27, 2016 – Twist Bioscience, a company accelerating science and innovation through rapid, high-quality DNA synthesis, today announced Microsoft Corp. has agreed to purchase ten million long oligonucleotides from Twist Bioscience to encode digital data.

“Today, the vast majority of digital data is stored on media that has a finite shelf life and periodically needs to be re-encoded. DNA is a promising storage media, as it has a known shelf life of several thousand years, offers a permanent storage format and can be read for continuously decreasing costs,” commented Emily M. Leproust, Ph.D., CEO of Twist Bioscience. “Our silicon-based DNA synthesis platform offers unmatched scale and product quality that vastly accelerates the ability to write DNA at a cost enabling data storage.  We are thrilled to work with Microsoft, and University of Washington researchers, to address the growing challenge of digital data storage.”

Do we really need bigger data storage to be happy in the Age of Multimedia?

Are we really using the right technology for the right purpose?

Indeed, our DNA can store and protect large data for millennia, but will it protect the body from whom those DNA strings belong to?

How long does it take to figure out how to store malicious programs, aside from data, in order to mess around with our brains?

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Summer Music Festivals May Be Fertile Testing Grounds For New Spying Technologies

TN Note: Authorities and spy companies alike have no respect for personal privacy, and have no ethical problems with stealing your personal data. Of course, you will never be compensated for your loss, but your data may remain on permanent file. 

LONDON — It’s May and the sun is finally out after a long British winter. For many that means one thing: festival season.

It’s a good occasion to disconnect from technology, go off the grid and enjoy a few days of carefree excitement. Or not.

Along with booze, music and mud — a lot of mud — British festivals may have another feature: mass surveillance.

Last year, Leicestershire police scanned the faces of 90,000 festival-goers at Download Festival, checking them against a list of wanted criminals across the country. It was the first time anywhere in the UK that facial recognition technology — NeoFace — was used at a public outdoor event.

Privacy campaigners — and Muse frontman Matt Bellamy — expressed their fury at authorities after they casually mentioned the use of the surveillance project on Police Oracle, a police news and information website. Police didn’t use any other method to warn festival-goers about the controversial initiative.

Digital footprints

It’s not yet clear whether UK authorities will use facial technology at music festivals this year.

Leicestershire Police told Mashable: “There are no plans to use live time facial recognition technologies during music festivals or other events in the next few months.”

But they added that NeoFace will continue to be used by the force to identify suspects.

Glastonbury Festival told Mashable facial recognition won’t be used at its event while Download and Reading/Leeds did not respond to our request for comment.

What is facial recognition?

Facial recognition is similar to obtaining an individual’s fingerprints. Authorities told Mashable facial recognition technology is “speeding up investigations,” and results over the past few months “have been very promising.

“The force has demonstrated how the NeoFace system can also save officers hours, even days by cutting out the need to go through its database of detained people’s photographs one by one,” Leicestershire police said.

The software can compare dozens of measurements between key facial features on the subject’s face from CCTV or police body cameras images against the 120,000 photos on the Leicestershire force’s database of people it’s has arrested and held in custody over the past few years.

Police told Mashable there is “absolutely nothing to concern privacy campaigners.”

“Since we began using the system in May 2013, the force has been as open and as transparent as it can and recognises legitimate concerns.”

However, campaigners say its accuracy remains questionable, besides other issues around lack of consent and lack of understanding about how the data is processed, shared and stored.

Biometrics commissioner Alastair MacGregor, an independent advisor to the British government, has warned that image databases and face recognition could be used to track people’s movements by “combining widespread CCTV and access to a huge searchable database of facial images.”

“The concept of facial recognition is moving towards a Blade Runner-type future. The question is: did I really give informed and explicit consent to this? Where’s the transparency?” Raj Samani, CTO at Intel Security, told Mashable.

“In the case of festivals, it raises a lot of questions around what is done with our data once the event is over,” he says.

In order for facial recognition to be of use, the data has to be stored. But it’s unclear how the data is stored and protected or for how long it remains and when it’s deleted.

It’s nearly impossible to find out who the dataset is shared with or cross-referenced against, Christopher Weatherhead, technology officer at Privacy International, told Mashable.

“For example is the imagery being compared to law enforcement databases, medical databases, or social media profiles?” he said.

“Festival-goers should not be treated like suspects just because they wish to enjoy an event.”

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Hidden Microphones Exposed As Part Of FBI Surveillance Program In Bay Area

TN Note: The FBI knows full well that these actions are patently illegal and unconstitutional and yet this does not curtail their behavior in the slightest. Is it just that they think they are above the law or is there something more sinister behind it? The Total Awareness Society being created by the Director of National Intelligence, who overseas all intelligence operations in the U.S., is run by and for the benefit of the Technocrats who are seeking to established a scientifically engineered society, or Technocracy. 

Hidden microphones that are part of a clandestine government surveillance program that has been operating around the Bay Area has been exposed.

Imagine standing at a bus stop, talking to your friend and having your conversation recorded without you knowing. It happens all the time, and the FBI doesn’t even need a warrant to do it.

Federal agents are planting microphones to secretly record conversations.

Jeff Harp, a KPIX 5 security analyst and former FBI special agent said, “They put microphones under rocks, they put microphones in trees, they plant microphones in equipment. I mean, there’s microphones that are planted in places that people don’t think about, because that’s the intent!”

FBI agents hid microphones inside light fixtures and at a bus stop outside the Oakland Courthouse without a warrant to record conversations, between March 2010 and January 2011.

Federal authorities are trying to prove real estate investors in San Mateo and Alameda counties are guilty of bid rigging and fraud and used these recordings as evidence.

Harp said, “An agent can’t just go out and grab a recording device and plant it somewhere without authorization from a supervisor or special agent in charge.”

The lawyer for one of the accused real estate investors who will ask the judge to throw out the recordings, told KPIX 5 News that, “Speaking in a public place does not mean that the individual has no reasonable expectation of privacy…private communication in a public place qualifies as a protected ‘oral communication’… and therefore may not be intercepted without judicial authorization.”

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