Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Research:: A Vision of the Future from the Past:: Magic Mirrors & 3,000 Year Old Television::

Ecc 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

Ecc 1:18 For in much wisdom [understanding] is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

Nothing new under the sun::

Main Entry: re-
Function: prefix
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin re-, red-back, again, against
1 : again : anew <retell>
2 : back : backward <recall>

re-search:: re-discovering that which is already known…

LCD: L. Crystal D.::
A liquid crystal display (LCD) is a flat panel display, electronic visual display, or video display that uses the light modulating properties of liquid crystals (LCs). LCs do not emit light directly.

Telescreens (1984) are most prominently featured in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, although notably they have an earlier appearance in the 1936 Charlie Chaplin film Modern Times. They are television and security camera-like devices used by the ruling Party in Oceania to keep its subjects under constant surveillance, thus eliminating the chance of secret conspiracies against Oceania. [...]
The screens are monitored by the Thought Police. However, it is never made explicitly clear how many screens are monitored at once, or what the precise criteria (if any) for monitoring a given screen are (although we do see that during an exercise program that Winston takes part in every morning, the instructor can see him, meaning telescreens are possibly a variant of video phones); Telescreens do not have night vision technology, thus, they cannot surveille in the dark; this is compensated by the fact that telescreens are incredibly sensitive, and can pick up a heartbeat. As Winston describes, "...even a back can be revealing..."[1]

Archaeo:: Magic Mirros & 3,000 yr old television::

Dr. John Dee [proto 007] (July 13, 1527 – 1608 or 1609) was a noted British mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, geographer, and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I. He also devoted much of his life to alchemy, divination, and Hermetic philosophy. He was known for his use of crystal balls in his work.

Wiki:: A sphere manufactured by NASA out of fused quartz for use in a gyroscope in the Gravity Probe B experiment. It is one of the most accurate spheres ever created by humans, differing in shape from a perfect sphere by no more than 40 atoms of thickness. It is thought that only neutron stars are smoother. […]  Fused quartz is manufactured by melting naturally occurring quartz crystals of high purity at approximately 2000 °C, using either an electrically heated furnace (electrically fused) or a gas/oxygen-fuelled furnace (flame fused). Fused quartz is normally transparent.

1984 George Orwell Movie Trailer (1984)

"Thoughtcrime does not entail death. Thoughtcrime IS death". The telescreens (in every public area, and the quarters of the Party's members), hidden microphones, and informers permit the Thought Police to spy upon everyone and so identify anyone who might endanger the Party's rĂ©gime; children, most of all, are indoctrinated to spy and inform on suspected thought-criminals — especially their parents.

Government, Industry To Use Computer Microphones To Spy On 150 Million Americans
Now Google have gone a step further by announcing that they will use in-built microphones to listen in on user's background noise, be it television, music or radio - and then direct advertising at them based on their preferences.
"The idea is to use the existing PC microphone to listen to whatever is heard in the background, be it music, your phone going off or the TV turned down. The PC then identifies it, using fingerprinting, and then shows you relevant content, whether that's adverts or search results, or a chat room on the subject," reports the Register .

Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you'll keep finding more and more ways to use it.

Introducing Siri: DARPA's Ghost in Apple's Machine
I mean, what could possibly be wrong with re-purposed DoD [Dept. of Defense] AI [Artificial Intelligence] software running on a mass market consumer device [cell phone] that persistently reveals the user's location to the state?

Minority Report is a 2002 American neo-noir science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg and loosely based on the short story "The Minority Report" by Philip K. Dick. It is set primarily in Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia in the year 2054, where "PreCrime", a specialized police department, apprehends criminals based on foreknowledge provided by three psychics called "precogs".

Eric Schmidt: Google gets close to 'the creepy line' – Telegraph Blogs

"Minority Report" Scanners Are Coming: Company Snags $15 Million For Long-Range Facial Recognition Tech by Peter Murray May 23rd, 2011

Google and CIA Invest in a Minority Report-Like Technology That May Make Our World a Less Certain Place

Pre-Crime Technology To Be Used In Washington D.C.By Steve Watson On August 24, 2010
Computers predict what crime will be committed where, by who and when

WIRED: Google, CIA Invest in 'Future' of Web Monitoring
The company is called Recorded Future, and it scours tens of thousands of websites, blogs and Twitter accounts to find the relationships between people, organizations, actions and incidents — both present and still-to-come.
"The cool thing is, you can actually predict the curve, in many cases," says company CEO Christopher Ahlberg, a former Swedish Army Ranger with a PhD in computer science.
It's not the very first time Google has done business with America's spy agencies. Long before it reportedly enlisted the help of the National Security Agency to secure its networks, Google sold equipment to the secret signals-intelligence group. In-Q-Tel backed the mapping firm Keyhole, which was bought by Google in 2004 — and then became the backbone for Google Earth.
This appears to be the first time, however, that the intelligence community and Google have funded the same startup, at the same time. No one is accusing Google of directly collaborating with the CIA.

"When once asked how the search engine would function, Google co-founder Sergey Brin said, "It would be like the mind of God." Vaidhyanathan says that such audacious statements beg for critique.

Eric Schmidt: Google gets close to 'the creepy line' – Telegraph Blogs
Schmidt was talking to The Atlantic about the possibility of a Google implant – a chip under your skin that would track you and provide easy web access. That, Schmidt said, was probably over 'the creepy line'.  However, he followed that by saying: "With your permission you give us more information about you, about your friends, and we can improve the quality of our searches. We don't need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about."
Some might argue that that is over the line too but Google will only read your mind "with your permission", so that's a relief.

Darpa Wants to Predict Deadly Pathogens with 'Prophecy'

Google Plans To Kill Web In Internet Takeover Agenda
Prison - Aug 19, 2010
The Google-Verizon pact will end that level playing field and in turn eliminate everything that is outside of the mainstream. "A non-neutral Internet means...

Google's master plan to take over the world | Technology ...

Google and CIA Fund Political Precrime Technology

Exclusive: Google, CIA Invest in 'Future' of Web Monitoring | Danger Room |

IBM::  Predictive Analytics & The Minority Report: It's easier to prevent a crime than solve one!

Google Flu Trends:  We've found that certain search terms are good indicators of flu activity. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity.

Group Calls for Hearings Into Google's Ties to CIA and NSA

A History of Google Government Ties -
Google accused of criminal intent over StreetView data
In 2005, In-Q-Tel , described as a venture capital firm set up by the CIA to "identify and invest in companies developing cutting-edge information technologies that serve United States national security interests," was linked to Google through the sale of the corporation's stock.
Google sold Keyhole, Inc., to the CIA's In-Q-Tel in 2004. Keyhole does work in "geospatial data visualization applications" of the sort that work as the engine behind GoogleEarth.
In addition to Google, the CIA and the spook community have compromised Facebook and the social networks. Last December, the Electronic Frontier Foundation sued the CIA, the US Department of Defense, Department of Justice and three other government agencies for allegedly refusing to release information about how they are using social networks in surveillance and investigations.
Facebook, like Google, is also linked to the CIA's In-Q-Tel. The social network received venture capital from Accel Partners. Its manager James Breyer was formerly chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, and served on the board with Gilman Louie, CEO of In-Q-Tel. Dr. Anita Jones also served on the In-Q-Tel's board. She had been director of Defense Research and Engineering for the US Department of Defense.
"Although the project was initially conceived by media cover star Mark Zuckerberg, the real face behind Facebook is the 40-year-old Silicon Valley venture capitalist and futurist philosopher Peter Thiel. There are only three board members on Facebook, and they are Thiel, Zuckerberg and a third investor called Jim Breyer from a venture capital firm called Accel Partners," writes Tom Hodgkinson of The Guardian.

White House Emails Show More Extensive Improper Contact With Google

Issa wants answers on White House's Google ties

Top Secret America: Google Launches Cover Up Of [censored] 'Google Spies' Story

WSJ: Operation 'Perfect Citizen' = Big Brother:
"The overall purpose of the [program] is our Government...feel[s] that they need to insure the Public Sector is doing all they can to secure Infrastructure critical to our National Security," said one internal Raytheon email, the text of which was seen by The Wall Street Journal. "Perfect Citizen is Big Brother."

Top Secret America: A hidden world, growing beyond control:
The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work.  [...]  1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States.  [...]  Today's article describes the government's role in this expanding enterprise. Tuesday's article describes the government's dependence on private contractors.

Google Founders' Ultimate Perk: A NASA Runway
In the annals of perks enjoyed by America's corporate executives, the founders of Google may have set a new standard: an uncrowded, federally managed runway for their private jet that is only a few minutes' drive from their offices.
[...] federally managed runway for their private jet that is only a few minutes' drive from their offices.

Financial Times: Google and NASA back new school for futurists:
Google and NASA are throwing their weight behind a new school for  futurists in Silicon Valley to prepare scientists for an era when machines become cleverer than people.

Vernor Vinge predicts singularity by 2030

Ray Kurzweil ( )

Transcendent Man (film trailer)

'Singularity Is Near' Movie Will Premier at Sonoma Film Festival April 16th

How Tweet It Is!: Library Acquires Entire Twitter Archive ...
Apr 14, 2010 ... (you see my point, I hope) because all of that information is just as culturally vacant to be archiving in the LOC. ...

Singularity University: Rise of the Molecular Machines | Epicenter |

CIA, Google fund Web analysis firm: Recorded Future claims ability find 'invisible links' By Michael Hardy◦Jul 29, 2010
Because of the sheer number of people who look at it and because of the attention it gets from the media, what appears on Drudge can, for a few minutes or an entire day, drive what appears elsewhere, making it, "a force in the political news cycle for both the press and the campaigns," said David Chalian, the political director at ABC News.

In-Q-Tel | Danger Room |
Jul 28, 2010 ... In-Q-Tel backed the mapping firm Keyhole, which was bought by Google in 2004 — and then became the backbone for Google Earth. ...

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