Under China’s Internet+ initiative, the use of handphone for payment is becoming prevelant. They just swipe a 2-D barcode with their phones and it is done. I still mostly use the 11% cash payment method. It is nostalgic. Because most users in China prepay money into their Alipay or *WeChat accounts, Alibaba and *Tencent are […]
Alibaba founder Jack Ma: AI will cause people ‘more pain than happiness’ Jack Ma has also said that humans only use 3% of their brain power, and science understands less than that about the brain. So to say that AI will surpass human potential is ludicrous. However, he would not mind if the super-processor enables […]
Mainstream Press on Wikileaks’ Vault 7: “Nothing to See Here.” Meanwhile, Big Data Leveraged to Create Deep State AI God
The formation of a Deep State-controlled digital surveillance God would be the ultimate, most apocalyptic form of dictatorship. And with ubiquitous digital devices, data-gathering services, and the Internet of Things collecting seemingly mundane information 24/7, we’re opting in to deliver the raw material needed to create it.
With WikiLeaks unnleashing the long-awaited and mysterious “Vault 7” this morning, sleuths both amateur and professional across the globe have begun to dive in and sift through its contents. The Vault 7 release is allegedly the largest trove of documents on CIA activities ever leaked, and focuses on the CIA’s global hacking division, revealing a sort of second NSA within the CIA itself.
Over the 3-week spring holiday period, China reportedly will be handling over 3 billion passenger-journeys, 2.5 billion by its rail systems! All passengers must be ID-matched to their tickets. This can only be accomplished through its massive systems engineering and management approach. Technology is used to realize processes and projects to unprecedented scale and stability. […]
Trump’s IT Roundtable This is not exactly a new Camelot, nor is Donald Trump simply trying to beg these cyber tycoons for more jobs in the US, as Obama did a few years ago. This looks like a board meeting at a large corporation. In fact, in my opinion, this symbolizes Trump’s attempt to acknowledge […]
Reports came out earlier this month about a destructive “Trojan Horse” malware program that has infected critical U.S. software infrastructure capable of penetrating power plants, electrical grids, water treatment plants, natural gas pipelines, etc. Although there has been no attempt yet to “activate” the trojan horse since 2011, this malware sits ready to wreak havoc […]
Risk to Avoid: Mobile Wallets While the mobile wallets and Near Field Communication (NFC) businesses are currently the primary growth drivers of the $90 billion mobile payments industry, it is best that PayPal let Google, Apple, Amazon, and roughly 170 other smaller companies battle it out in an overly competitive space where margin compression will […]
May 27, 2014 Public Policy Report on Bitcoin (BTC). As Amagi Metals correctly notes, FATCA is in a footnote, but requires more attention. “In essense, it’s a regulation that creates barriers to entry (international trade and money management). Regulations like this and other regulations issued by the IRS/FinCen/FBI/DOJ/etc just make the cost of doing business […]
-Mayor Bloomberg ‘s response to “Big Brother” concerns?: “Get used to it.” The Drone Future is inevitable, Bloomberg says -“People are working” on facial recognition software -NYC already has “all-seeing” surveillance system -Bloomberg equates surveillance cameras on street corners to patrolling drones: “What’s the difference if a drone is up in the air or on […]
The Air Force is testing new micro-drones from General Dynamics that are the size of bugs and can watch, listen to and kill their targets. One method of deployment: Swarms of them released from the bowels a passing plane, like some Hive-Mother of The Surveillance Creature giving birth to a thin black cloud of tiny […]
With PBS’ ominously-titled “Rise of the Drones” special on NOVA, it seems like a good time to talk about what kind of bizarro oppression tech the bright minds at DARPA have been funding lately. DARPA, or Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is the research and development arm of the US military. They’ve done some great […]
An article in CNN yesterday carries this headline: Cyborg anthropologist: We can all be superhuman. The definition of being “superhuman,” according to the author – a “Cyborg Anthropologist” – is inextricably tied to dependence on tech. Tech, she says, makes us all superhuman. However, she then goes on to describe a world of human cyborgs […]
With the proposal to open a “Center for Study of Existential Risk” at Cambridge University, news media are reporting on the possibility that humans may someday produce machines capable of acting on their own and ultimately seeing humanity as a resource threat or, at the very least least, a nuisance. This kind of “science fiction” […]
We all know the power of tech for changing the world, and there’s no doubt that it can provide incredible tools for activists, organizers, and other enemies of authoritarian oppression. Videos of government crackdowns, police brutality and other injustices can go viral and spread like wildfire, Twitter users can give live updates of protests and […]