Snowden Spills: Infamous Whistleblower Opines on Spycraft, AI, and Being Suicided

Snowden Spills: Infamous Whistleblower Opines on Spycraft, AI, and Being Suicided By Tyler Durden Edward Snowden has finally laid it all out – documenting his memoirs in a new 432-page book, Permanent Record, which will be published worldwide on Tuesday, September 17. Meeting with both The Guardian and Spiegel Online in Moscow as part of its promotion, the infamous whistleblower spent nearly five hours with the two media outlets – offering a taste of what’s in the book, details on his background, and his thoughts on artificial intelligence, facial recognition, and other intelligence gathering tools coming…

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Zao’s Deepfake Face-swapping App Shows Uploading Your Photos is Riskier Than Ever

Zao’s Deepfake Face-swapping App Shows Uploading Your Photos is Riskier Than Ever By Alexandros Antoniou, University of Essex The latest photo app craze can make you look like a movie star. Zao uses artificial intelligence to replace the faces of characters in film or TV clips with images of anyone whose photo you upload to the app. The effect is startlingly realistic and shows just how far this sort of “deepfake” technology has come. But it also highlights how great the risks have become of making your photos available online…

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Pentagon Wants To Police Social Media Fake News And Deep Fakes

Pentagon Wants To Police Social Media Fake News And Deep Fakes By Aaron Kesel The U.S. wants to use the military’s Pentagon arm to police fake news online; what can possibly go wrong? According to reports, the Pentagon’s DARPA research agency has announced it will deploy online cyber forces to watch for “large-scale, automated disinformation attacks,” using specialized software to detect deep fakes of photos, videos and audio clips, Bloomberg reported. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants custom software that can unearth fakes hidden among more than 500,000 stories,…

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Proposed Federal Agency Would Create Criteria to “Identify” Potentially Violent People

Proposed Federal Agency Would Create Criteria to “Identify” Potentially Violent People By Michael Maharrey There is a push on for the creation of another unconstitutional federal agency that would create systems to identify “early signs of changes in people with mental illness that could lead to violent behavior.” Coupled with “red flag” laws, this sounds like the beginning of a dystopian nightmare. According to the Washington Post, the proposal is part of a larger initiative known as the Health Advanced Research Projects Agency (HARPA). The agency would operate under the…

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How CIA-Backed Palantir Is Helping Police Root Out “Thought Crimes”

How CIA-Backed Palantir Is Helping Police Root Out “Thought Crimes” By Tyler Durden Palantir’s technology was developed in warzones like Fallujah, where it was used to anticipate roadside bombs and attacks by insurgents. Now, it’s being used on the streets of Los Angeles to root out criminals like something straight out of the movie Minority Report. Unsurprisingly, the privately-held tech firm is backed by the CIA’s venture-capital arm. Now, the company has gathered massive amounts of data on the American populace, which it farms out to police departments, who use…

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HARPA: Trump Seeking New Agency to Use A.I. to Screen Mental Health for Gun Ownership?

HARPA: Trump Seeking New Agency to Use A.I. to Screen Mental Health for Gun Ownership? By Nicholas West Most people have heard of DARPA — the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — that is informally known as the mad science division of the Pentagon. Among their many infamous military programs, mind control and artificial intelligence have been of increasing interest.  However, few people have yet heard of HARPA, which, according to reports, has all of the hallmarks to be an even greater threat to human liberty. HARPA — the Health…

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Big Tech, Russia and U.S. Under Fire for A.I. Weapons Programs; Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Coalition Doubles in Size

Big Tech, Russia and U.S. Under Fire for A.I. Weapons Programs; Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Coalition Doubles in Size By Nicholas West Renewed attention over artificial intelligence for use in warfare (“killer robots”) is being brought to the forefront with the recent Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) held this past week in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting coincidentally comes just one day after a Dutch NGO, Pax for Peace, released a report about Big Tech’s involvement with supplying A.I. systems to the military.  Their report, “Don’t be evil?” (PDF),…

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U.S. Military Designing A.I. Missiles to Seek and Destroy Targets from 40 Miles Away

U.S. Military Designing A.I. Missiles to Seek and Destroy Targets from 40 Miles Away By Nicholas West Unlike my previous post that took a lighthearted look at the newest Robo-Dog on the market, which has a Doberman head filled with artificial intelligence, the U.S. Army’s newest plans for artificial intelligence aren’t even close to a laughing matter. The U.S. military has long been obsessed with integrating artificial intelligence into weapons of war, and it appears that they are getting closer to the full-scale rollout of these systems. A couple of…

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Man’s Best Friend? A.I. Robo-Dog Gets a Doberman Head

Man’s Best Friend? A.I. Robo-Dog Gets a Doberman Head By Nicholas West While I don’t subscribe to the idea that there are inherently bad breeds of dogs, Hollywood has done its best to create the Doberman as an iconically terrifying animal. Which makes it even stranger that the A.I. Robo-Dog, which already crosses the creepy line for most people, would be topped off by a 3D-printed Doberman head. Apparently, the head of Astro’s version of the Robo-Dog also offers a new type of artificial intelligence neural network designed to learn…

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Google Insider Further Reveals Political Bias and Website Blacklists

Google Insider Further Reveals Political Bias and Website Blacklists By The Last American Vagabond Another whistleblower, Zachary Vorhies, has gone on record as having grave reservations about the path Google is taking in burying search results, blacklisting websites, and demonstrating political bias in their artificial intelligence algorithms. TLAV breaks it all down, as well as other key stories in the Daily Wrap Up. Also see the original reporting from Project Veritas with the leaked documents: Google “Machine Learning Fairness” Whistleblower Goes Public, says: “burden lifted off of my soul” Report:…

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