Posts Tagged ‘technology’

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An Energy Breakthrough Could Store Solar Power for Decades

The system starts with a liquid molecule made up of carbonhydrogen, and nitrogen. When hit by sunlight, the molecule draws in the sun’s energy and holds it until a catalyst triggers its release as heat.

J. Giambrone

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There are a few must-see shows going around these days. I’ve posted extensively on Orphan Black. Black Mirror is another. Humans. The Strain will be the subject of an upcoming review. Mr. Robot should join their ranks.

This is an odd take on technology, revolution, and mental illness. Elliot is a freak, an oddball who seems to be on medication in every scene. He turns unreliable by the end of Season One, but not before taking down the financial system and inflicting quite a bit of damage on “Evil Corp.”

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I love the revolutionary spirit, the cult like hacker collectives, the skullduggery. It’s a paranoid thriller with twists you cannot see coming.

One thing that sets it apart–for good or bad–is the unconventional framing of the shots. This show takes lots of cognitive work to follow. It may give you a headache, particularly if you attempt to watch…

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ACLU:

 

Did you know that 28 members of Congress were matched with photos from a mugshot database? But it’s not because those mugshots are actually theirs. It’s because facial recognition is flawed and dangerous – and that could have dire consequences for everyone, no matter who you are or where you live.

The members of Congress falsely matched to mugshots include Republicans and Democrats, men and women, and legislators of all ages. But they are disproportionately members of color. Amazon’s “Rekognition” tool, in the hands of law enforcement, will be dangerous to people of color, immigrants, and political protesters. But instead of taking these concerns seriously, Amazon is burying its head in the sand.

Uncover more details that Amazon doesn’t want you to know about its “Rekognition” technology. Our test lays out what a world with this kind of mass surveillance would look like. It’s not pretty.

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If face surveillance is deployed in our communities, it’s not hard to imagine a police officer getting a “match” indicating that a person has a previous concealed-weapon arrest, biasing the officer before an encounter even begins. Or your home could be searched based on a false identification that brought law enforcement knocking on your door.

This isn’t hypothetical, Joseph. Amazon is aggressively marketing this technology to the police, boasting that it can identify up to 100 faces in a single image, track people in real time through surveillance cameras, and scan footage from body cameras. And a sheriff’s department in Oregon is already using face surveillance to scan for people’s faces in a mugshot database. It’s clear Amazon doesn’t take civil rights seriously.

Get the full rundown of how face surveillance is dangerous and biased.

The good news is that many of us are already speaking up. The ACLU is urging a federal moratorium on use of this technology for law enforcement and immigration enforcement purposes – until we can have a debate on what (if any) uses of this technology should be allowed.

Amazon – and the government – is counting on us letting face surveillance slip past us, but we won’t allow that. That’s why we need to keep up the fight by staying informed.

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FROM THE FIRST GULF WAR TO ISLAMIC STATE: HOW AMERICA WAS SEDUCED BY THE “EASY WAR”

J. Giambrone

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Miyazaki’s Banality of Evil?

I’m going to be in the minority and say that The Wind Rises is a shame. It’s a shame that this will be Hayao Miyazaki’s final film. Perhaps there is more here than one can appreciate in one viewing. I’m not certain, but it feels like a disjointed experience.

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The main character is a weapon designer, helping the empire of Japan enter the industrial murder age, just prior to World War Two. This is not a problem for him in the slightest. He just wants to design the best airplanes, despite what they are used for, such as bombing China or wherever. There is a complete disconnect, and World War Two itself is presented only in detached dream settings. It is simply a byproduct of the art of airplane design. The world may go up in flames elsewhere, but the planes are beautiful. It is this…

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Hastings-carcrash-300x166Journalist Michael Hasting’s Mercedes Benz,
suspected of being destroyed in a car hacking attack.

Wired:

Charlie Miller, left, a security researcher at Twitter,  and Chris Valasek, right, director of Vehicle Security Research at IOActive, have exposed the security vulnerabilities in automobiles by hacking into cars remotely, controlling the cars' various controls from the radio volume to the brakes. Photographed on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in Ladue, Mo. (Photo © Whitney Curtis for WIRED.com)

Charlie Miller, left, a security researcher at Twitter, and Chris Valasek, right, director of Vehicle Security Research at IOActive, have exposed the security vulnerabilities in automobiles by hacking into cars remotely, controlling the cars’ various controls from the radio volume to the brakes. Photographed on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in Ladue, Mo. (Photo © Whitney Curtis for WIRED.com)

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It

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Check it out.