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#1 George Powell

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 02:49 AM

MI6 chief calls for new era of spying using AI and robots ...
https://www.telegrap...s-combat-rogue/



The British secret service want to use AI for spying. Part of the security services job is to monitor social discontent. It is customary to use plants and manipulate media. Why should we be alarmed, after all there are already thousands of army operators manipulating the media and have been since 2015? These are battalion 77 located at Berkshire. The line between the two is already blurred.

British army creates the 77th battalion to fight through social networks
https://securityaffa...n-facebook.html

They are not alone. In 2011 Centom started a similar army media manipulation battalion in an operation called Earnest Voice.

"According to the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012, dissemination of foreign propaganda to domestic audiences is expressly allowed over the internet including social media networks."

https://en.wikipedia...n_Earnest_Voice

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media ...
https://www.theguard...social-networks

As ever time-lines are interesting. Remember Obama's red line and the destroyer he sent to bombard Syria. He backed off, the destroyer turned around and went back home and you may ask why. I have no official secret sources but I have a theory and it involves ordinary Americans who were sick of war. The social media response to yet another new war was overwhelming. Americans were voting in Yahoo comments by the tens of thousands saying no. it was unprecedented. People were realizing that not just them but nearly everybody wanted the same thing. That is my reason for the return of the destroyer. At that time Putin was also very popular in American surveys. The media had to change and the social media was getting dangerous.


Shortly after this Yahoo dropped all comments sections and removed the notifications bell. It is all back now but you can bet it is all governed by very different algorithms that control popular discontent. On top of that 'trouble makers' have found themselves shadow banned. Shadow banning takes many forms, Yahoo simply does not print the comment section. I am not saying this is a bad thing but consider, the press is now bipolar and under reports certain situations, like say the 85,000,000 children that are estimated to have died of hunger in the US assisted Yemen war. The press can no longer be a watchdog although some might say they never were. The social media used to and still does let people know how the masses think. That could all change.

The US, the UK and Israel (since 2003) have been infiltrating and manipulating social media. Battalion 77 are expanding even now and it is a fair assumption that Centom are employing more sock puppets too. So, the UK wants to bring their numbers up to 3,000 and it is a fair assumption that Centcom have over 10,000 social media manipulators. Israel too probably have several thousand.

Enter AI. Nobody needs an introduction to AI and the implications all too obvious miss. So far MI6 say they want to introduce it. It is a short hop to Battalion 77 and Operation Earnest voice. I believe social media is already being used to manipulate the masses and with AI it could remove the opportunity for people to communicate any dissatisfaction at all. I think we should all be concerned.


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Posted 10 December 2018 - 09:31 AM

On a related note to earlier posts on the topic, too much screentime may not be a good thing.

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In brain scans of 4,500 children, daily screen usage of more than seven hours showed premature thinning of the brain cortex, the outermost layer that processes information from the physical world. Though the difference was significant from participants who spent less screen time, NIH study director Gaya Dowling cautioned against drawing a conclusion.

“We don’t know if it’s being caused by the screen time. We don’t know if it’s a bad thing,”
I am sure its a good thing to lose your abilities to process external information.

And this is more of the same, this time about social media stealing childhood

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Ever since Socrates complained about the written word ruining memories, people have been wringing their hands over the potential harms of technology. At least Socrates never had to worry about his Snapstreaks. Now researchers say social media could be making more teens depressed, and there’s plenty of parental panic about the attention-sapping effects of the smartphone age.

"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened."-- Winston Churchill
"Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices" Voltaire

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Posted 10 December 2018 - 10:11 AM

View PostTraveler, on 10 December 2018 - 09:31 AM, said:


Cell phones, the ultimate force multiplier for even the mildest amount of ADHD.

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 04:00 PM

In case you were feeling comfortable because you werent on FB, here is some disturbing stuff indeed.

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Aided by as many as 120 “forward-deployed engineers” from the data mining company Palantir Technologies Inc., which JPMorgan engaged in 2009, Cavicchia’s group vacuumed up emails and browser histories, GPS locations from company-issued smartphones, printer and download activity, and transcripts of digitally recorded phone conversations. Palantir’s software aggregated, searched, sorted, and analyzed these records, surfacing keywords and patterns of behavior that Cavicchia’s team had flagged for potential abuse of corporate assets. Palantir’s algorithm, for example, alerted the insider threat team when an employee started badging into work later than usual, a sign of potential disgruntlement. That would trigger further scrutiny and possibly physical surveillance after hours by bank security personnel.

Over time, however, Cavicchia himself went rogue. Former JPMorgan colleagues describe the environment as Wall Street meets Apocalypse Now, with Cavicchia as Colonel Kurtz, ensconced upriver in his office suite eight floors above the rest of the bank’s security team. People in the department were shocked that no one from the bank or Palantir set any real limits. They darkly joked that Cavicchia was listening to their calls, reading their emails, watching them come and go. Some planted fake information in their communications to see if Cavicchia would mention it at meetings, which he did.

Thiel is the most dangerous man in the US. Guy is a maniac.

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As Thiel’s wealth has grown, he’s gotten more strident. In a 2009 essay for the Cato Institute, he railed against taxes, ­government, women, poor people, and society’s acquiescence to the inevitability of death. (Thiel doesn’t accept death as inexorable.) He wrote that he’d reached some radical conclusions: “Most importantly, I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible.” The 1920s was the last time one could feel “genuinely optimistic” about American democracy, he said; since then, “the vast increase in welfare beneficiaries and the extension of the franchise to women—two constituencies that are notoriously tough for libertarians—have rendered the notion of ‘capitalist democracy’ into an oxymoron.”

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Posted 11 December 2018 - 04:14 PM

View PostTraveler, on 11 December 2018 - 04:00 PM, said:

Thiel is the most dangerous man in the US. Guy is a maniac.

I see that the diagram of his connections list Elon Musk as a "colleague". Two bright, driven, bold men who are melting down into a pool of batshit crazy as they untether from reality.
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer





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