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Forget Passwords: Take a Pill & Let Your Body Log You In
The Motorola Pill, a.k.a. the authentication vitamin, is a stomach acid-powered pill that emits an 18-bit authentication signal that will log the person into an online service.
Regina Duncan, head of special projects for Motorola Mobility and former head of the (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) DARPA, is part of an initiative to bring electronic tattoos that retain passwords to log-in users and the authentication vitamin.
Duncan revealed at the All Things D conference that: “We are thinking of a variety of options for how you could do better at authentication. You can start with near term things like tokens or fobs, but you can also think of a means of authentication that you could wear on your skin for a week at a time. We are talking about an electronic tattoo.”
The electronic tattoo has “sensors and an antenna that can recognize your devices, after which it sends out an authenticating signal.”
Duncan laughed at the idea of teenagers defying their parents by wearing an electronic tattoo. She said: “Teenagers might not want to wear a watch, but you can be sure they’ll wear a tattoo just to piss off their parents.”
Duncan explained: “There are a lot of problems in wearables,” Dugan said, “Electronics are boxy and rigid, humans are curvy and soft. That’s a mechanical mismatch problem. The strategy these companies use for radical innovation is decades out of date. We need to update it. We learned to do it at DARPA and we’re going to bring it to mobile, and it will have cascading effect on industry.”
MC10 is working with Motorola to perfect the electronic tattoos. In essence, the pill turns the user’s entire body into a password.
Duncan explained how the authentication pill is actually a tiny computer ship. She said: “It also has what amounts to an inside-out potato battery. The acids in your stomach serve as an electrolyte and power it up.”
PDH developed a silicon chip as big as a grain of sand. The human body gives it power by interacting with the digestive juices to produce voltage with copper and magnesium inside the pill.
This emits a signal to a smartphone which will alert the physician that the patient has taken their medication.
The pill has been used in conjunction with treatments for tuberculosis, mental health, heart failure, hypertension, and diabetes.
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The ARGUS array is made up of several cameras and other types of imaging systems. The output of the imaging system is used to create extremely large, 1.8GP high-resolution mosaic images and video.
The U.S. Army, along with
Boeing, has developed and is preparing to deploy a new unmanned aircraft
called the “Hummingbird.” It’s is a VTOL-UAS (vertical take-off and
landing unmanned aerial system). Three of them are being deployed to
Afghanistan for a full year to survey and spy on Afghanistan from an
altitude of 20,000 feet with the ability to scan 25 square miles of
And we are allowed to know about ARGUS, what else is out there?
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Gary Franchi interviews James Corbett connecting from Japan on Next News Network on various topics including the future of 3D printing, intellectual property, free speech, upcoming government regulations, local drone surveillance and much more.
Last month, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) unveiled Vetting Commodity IT Software and Firmware (VET) program. This endeavor is designed to indicate “backdoors and other hidden malicious functionality in commercial information devices, like cell phones, routers and other networked consumer devices.”
According to DARPA reports, their agency and the Department of Defense (DoD) are concerned about the reliance upon digital technology that encompasses military, governments and citizens worldwide.
As of now the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is able to spy on Americans through commercial devices that reside in nearly every household.
In December of 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced plans to transition unused over-the-air wireless bands into Super Wi-Fi. This super Wi-Fi will use low frequencies (from 470 to 698 megahertz) that have longer wavelengths and travel father; and even penetrate walls.
Because of the risks involved in rescue aid workers and human response teams, DARPA awarded Boston Dynamics, Inc. a $10.9 million contract to manufacture humanoid robots that are bi-pedal, built like humans and have a sensor head with on-board computing capabilities. Completion of the project is expected for August of 2014.
These robots are being created to assist in excavation and rescue missions, according to DARPA . They could also be employed to evacuation operations during either man-made or natural disasters.
Kent Massey, director of advanced programs for HDT Robotics , who attended the DARPA meeting in which the purpose of the allocation of humanoid robotic technology was explained, said: “The goal of this Grand Challenge is to create a humanoid robot that can operate in an environment built for people and use tools made for people. The specific challenge is built around an industrial disaster response.”
Another of DARPA’s interests into robotics is the Avatar for the allocation of bi-pedal robots and essential super-soldiers and has devoted $7 million of its $2.8 billion 2012 budget to developing “interfaces and algorithms to enable a soldier to effectively partner with a semi-autonomous bi-pedal machine and allow it to act as the soldier’s surrogate.”
By Susanne Posel
James Holmes, while incarcerated and awaiting trial appears to have been drugged and have amnesia regarding the Batman shooting committed just last week. Holmes says that he does not know why he is locked up.
A jailhouse worker stated about Holmes: “He claims he doesn’t know why he’s in jail. He asked ‘Why am I here?’”
The police in Arapahoe County Detention Center are skeptical of Holmes. Other inmates are claiming that they believe he is faking amnesia while admitting Holmes has asked them how the film ended. However, Holmes has been seen in court failing in and out of consciousness whiles his eyes bulged out.
According to the KMGH report, during the arrest process, Holmes made puppets out of evidence bags ; just moments after he had committed the shooting at the Aurora Theater.
The mainstream media (MSM) are priming the propaganda surround Holmes by lending credence to the insanity defense and claiming he may have some arbitrary psychotic episode associated with mass murder.
By order of the District Court Judge William Blair Sylvester, the University of Colorado is forbidden to release any college records concerning Holmes as well as information on file about his enrollment in the neuroscience doctoral program.
Government continues to grow, while the amount of data they amass about the lives of citizens grows exponentially. We have seen major corporations in the areas of advertising, social media, defense contracting, and computing form partnerships with government agencies to compile virtual dossiers on all humans.
The fact that we are tracked, traced and databased is indisputable, but even many privacy advocates seem to believe that the sheer amount of data being collected is itself the Achilles Heel of the surveillance-industrial complex; that it is a sort of protection, as who or what could ever sift through it all?
John P. Holdren, Obama’s science czar, and author of the controversial eugenics tome, Ecoscience, is one of those directing the solution to the data overload problem. Enter “Big Data.”
At this facility the NSA will be spying on every single form of communication, ranging from the entirety of private emails, cell phone calls, Google searches and other Internet activity, to data on travel, parking receipts, purchases at bookstores, and anything and everything they can get their hands on. (Source)
This data collection initiative is one taking place across the board in our largest federal agencies and departments such as the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the U.S. Geological survey, and DARPA. As government data collection ramps up, the Obama administration through the Office of Science and Technology Policy has announced a $200 million investment in taking this information “from data to decisions.”
This scientific and national defense endeavor is all-encompassing as it seeks data input and sharing between government and private companies, such as Amazon, as well as public universities. The overall goals are stated as follows:
- Advance state-of-the art core technologies needed to collect, store, preserve, manage, analyze, and share huge quantities of data.
- Harness these technologies to accelerate the pace of discovery in science and engineering, strengthen our national security, and transform teaching and learning; and
- Expand the workforce needed to develop and use Big Data technologies. (Source PDF)
The initiative is heavily focused on education and workforce training, and serves to establish a framework where the next generation will be acclimated to data mining and distribution. This will be done by:
- Encouraging interdisciplinary graduate programs.
- Turning data into information — machine learning, cloud computing, and crowd sourcing;
- Support for “EarthCube” a system that will allow geoscientists to access, analyze and share information about our planet;
- Support for a focused research group of statisticians and biologists to determine biological pathways.
The Department of Defense is merged with the overall initiative, and goes a step further by investing $250 million annually across military departments in support of “truly autonomous systems that can maneuver and make decisions on their own.” DARPA is listed as essentially continuing its research into areas of human-computer interaction.
We are witnessing nothing short of the next stage of evolution for the scientific dictatorship, as it moves from total surveillance and information awareness toward implementing its permanence through autonomous systems that will collectivize all human experience into data sets that can be tracked, analyzed and immediately acted upon to affect social structures, economies, war, science, health and education.
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The US Federal Bureau of Investigation posted a Request for Information last month calling on IT companies to demonstrate their ability to design software for monitoring, mapping and analyzing social media.
Find out more about the history of government spying and propaganda through social media on this week’s edition of Behind the Headlines.
You don’t need to have 5,000 friends of Facebook to know that social media can have a notorious mix of rumor, gossip and just plain disinformation. The Pentagon is looking to build a tool to sniff out social media propaganda campaigns and spit some counter-spin right back at it.
On Thursday, Defense Department extreme technology arm Darpa unveiled its Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program. It’s an attempt to get better at both detecting and conducting propaganda campaigns on social media. SMISC has two goals. First, the program needs to help the military better understand what’s going on in social media in real time — particularly in areas where troops are deployed. Second, Darpa wants SMISC to help the military play the social media propaganda game itself.
This is more than just checking the trending topics on Twitter. The Defense Department wants to deeply grok social media dynamics. So SMISC algorithms will be aimed at discovering and tracking the “formation, development and spread of ideas and concepts (memes)” on social media, according to Darpa’s announcement.
Not all memes, of course. Darpa’s not looking to track the latest twists on foul bachelor frog or see if the Taliban is making propaganda versions of courage wolf. Instead, it wants to see what ideas are bubbling up in among social media users in a particular area — say, where American troops are deployed.
More specifically, SMISC needs to be able to seek out “persuasion campaign structures and influence operations” developing across the social sphere. SMISC is supposed to quickly flag rumors and emerging themes on social media, figure out who’s behind it and what. Moreover, Darpa wants SMISC to be able to actually figure out whether this is a random product of the hivemind or a propaganda operation by an adversary nation or group.
Of course, SMISC won’t be content to just to hang back and monitor social media trends in strategic locations. It’s about building a better spin machine for Uncle Sam, too. Once SMISC’s latches on to an influence operation being launched, it’s supposed to help out in “countermessaging.”
Darpa’s announcement talks about using SMISC “the environment in which [the military] operates” and where it “conducts operations.” That strongly implies it’s intended for use in sensing and messaging to foreign social media. It better, lest it run afoul of the law. The Smith-Mundt Act makes pointing propaganda campaigns at domestic audiences illegal.