Monthly Archives: October 2013

US based firm breaks the artificial intelligence barrier

Vicarious said it had developed artificial intelligence technology, based on the human brain, which could solve text-based Captcha tests 90% of the time. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24710209  A Captcha is a graphic or sound users must type on to a web page to prove they are human. The company said its artificial intelligence software can also perceive images. […]

NSA tracks tens of millions of phone calls in one year

Spain’s El Mundo newspaper, reports that the NSA tracked tens of millions of phone calls, texts and emails of Spanish citizens, in December 2012 and January 2013. The monitoring allegedly peaked on 11 December. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24708410 The White House has so far declined to comment on the El Mundo report. It is not clear how the […]

FARC releases “The Gringo of Folklore” operative

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, turned over the American, Kevin Scott Sutay, to an international delegation in a rural area of southeastern Colombia, according to a statement by the International Committee of the Red Cross http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/28/world/americas/colombia-rebels-free-american-hostage.html?ref=world&_r=0 Mr. Sutay was captured in mid-June while traveling in an area where the FARC is active. […]

Police indicted for torture key speaker at Google Ideas summit

A Brazilian police officer who spoke at a technology conference in New York on Tuesday about the potential of a new smartphone app to aid in the “pacification” of Rio de Janeiro’s lawless favelas was indicted the same day by prosecutors back home in connection with a notorious case of torture and murder by her […]

The rich are getting richer and the poor, well…

Bank profits have reached their highest levels in years. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/26/opinion/blow-billionaires-row-and-welfare-lines.html?hp&_r=0 Bloomberg News reported in August, “Sales of homes priced at more than $1 million jumped an average 37 percent in 2013’s first half from a year earlier to the highest level since 2007, according to DataQuick.” A report last week in The New York Times […]

Is Russell Brand de facto spokesman for the new revolution?

Russell Brand : I chose the subject of revolution because the New Statesman is a political magazine and imagining the overthrow of the current political system is the only way I can be enthused about politics. http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/russell-brand-on-revolution http://gawker.com/russell-brand-may-have-started-a-revolution-last-night-1451318185 When people talk about politics within the existing Westminster framework I feel a dull thud in my […]

DARPA continues funding for transhumanist brain implant

The federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, known as Darpa, announced Thursday that it intended to spend more than $70 million over five years to jump to the next level of brain implants, either by improving deep brain stimulation or by developing new technology.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/25/science/pentagon-agency-to-spend-70-million-on-brain-research.html?ref=us The new program, called Systems-Based Neurotechnology and Understanding for the […]