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Technocracy and the prophet of a dystopic future

The futurist philosopher Yuval Noah Harari worries about a lot. He worries that Silicon Valley is undermining democracy and ushering in a dystopian hellscape in which voting is obsolete. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/business/yuval-noah-harari-silicon-valley.html He worries that by creating powerful influence machines to control billions of minds, the big tech companies are destroying the idea of a sovereign individual […]

Investigation points to ELF attack at US embassies

During the Cold War, Washington feared that Moscow was seeking to turn microwave radiation into covert weapons of mind control. More recently, the American military itself sought to develop microwave arms that could invisibly beam painfully loud booms and even spoken words into people’s heads. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/01/science/sonic-attack-cuba-microwave.html The aims were to disable attackers and wage psychological […]

Chinese-style censorship hits US and cuts Alex Jones

Top technology companies erased most of the posts and videos on their services from Alex Jones, the internet’s notorious conspiracy theorist, thrusting themselves into a fraught debate over their role in regulating what can be said online. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/06/technology/infowars-alex-jones-apple-facebook-spotify.html Apple, Google, Facebook and Spotify severely restricted the reach of Mr. Jones and Infowars. Mr. Jones and […]

Communist China levels sonic attacks at US diplomats

The State Department has evacuated at least 11 Americans from China after abnormal sounds or sensations were reported by government employees at the United States Consulate in the southern city of Guangzhou, officials said. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/30/world/asia/china-sonic-guangzhou.html At least eight Americans associated with the consulate in Guangzhou have now been evacuated, according to one official, who spoke […]

India joins China with Orwellian identification scheme

Seeking to build an identification system of unprecedented scope, India is scanning the fingerprints, eyes and faces of its 1.3 billion residents and connecting the data to everything from welfare benefits to mobile phones. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/07/technology/india-id-aadhaar.html Civil libertarians are horrified, viewing the program, called Aadhaar, as Orwell’s Big Brother brought to life. To the government, it’s […]

Seth Rich murder investigator survives assassination

The Arlington County Police Department arrested Kevin Doherty, 46, after authorities say he used a firearm and wounded lobbyist Jack Burkman last week. Doherty once worked for the Profiling Project, an effort that Burkman started to investigate Seth Rich’s murder. http://www.newsweek.com/seth-rich-jack-burkman-kevin-doherty-arrested-854309 On March 13, as Burkman was retrieving what he said were materials from a source […]

MSM offers limited hangout of AI homes, Big Data

Amazon ran a commercial on this year’s Super Bowl that pretended its digital assistant Alexa had temporarily lost her voice. While the ad riffed on what Alexa can say to users, the more intriguing question may be what she and other digital assistants can hear. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/31/business/media/amazon-google-privacy-digital-assistants.html Amazon and Google, the leading sellers of such devices, […]