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Hacked light bulbs can spy on you and trigger a seizure

The so-called Internet of Things, its proponents argue, offers many benefits: energy efficiency, technology so convenient it can anticipate what you want, even reduced congestion on the roads. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/03/technology/why-light-bulbs-may-be-the-next-hacker-target.html?emc=eta1 Now here’s the bad news: Putting a bunch of wirelessly connected devices in one area could prove irresistible to hackers. And it could allow them to […]

Automated cars are here and they are taking service jobs

Ronald De Feo has watched robots take factory jobs for years. Now he sees them threatening a new class of worker: People who drive for a living. https://apnews.com/e80ef4255ae0476da40df9906a85b928 “I am in Pittsburgh; it’s a test market for Uber’s autonomous vehicle,” says De Feo, CEO of the industrial materials firm Kennametal. “We see all these (automated) […]

The false narrative of increased yields from GMO crops

The controversy over genetically modified crops has long focused on fears that they are unsafe to eat. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/30/business/gmo-promise-falls-short.html?rref=collection/byline/danny-hakim&action=click&contentCollection=undefined&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=collection&_r=0 But an extensive examination by The New York Times indicates that the debate has missed a more basic problem — genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led […]

Paid content delivers dystopic Brave New World

By Oppenheimer Funds. In recent years, technologies guided by data and information flow, and coupled with enhanced forms of our senses, are providing new ways of understanding ourselves. Emerging biometric and identity science technologies are using data to create new methods of analyzing our physical bodies and behavioral patterns, leading to novel ways of understanding […]

AI robot weapons systems have scientists alarmed in US

The Pentagon has put artificial intelligence at the center of its strategy and is spending billions of dollars to develop autonomous and semiautonomous weapons.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/26/us/pentagon-artificial-intelligence-terminator.html?smid=tw-nytimesphoto&smtyp=cur&_r=0 Their building an arsenal stocked with the kind of weaponry that until now has existed only in Hollywood movies and science fiction, raising alarm among scientists and activists concerned by […]

Royal College begins testing testosterone on women

Nick Panay, from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and consultant gynaecologist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, told a General Practitioner’s conference, there was a need to tell women about the possible benefits of taking testosterone. http://www.bbc.com/news/health-37588549 He said he believed testosterone should be made available to all women who could […]

Conspiracy Philosophy 101: Ed Griffin & Michael Tsarion

G. Edward Griffin is an American author, lecturer, and filmmaker. He is the author of The Creature from Jekyll Island (1994), which uncovers the vast conspiracy responsible for the creation of the US Federal Reserve System. https://youtu.be/Tr20ZMBLS0M  Griffin’s writings expose a number conspiracies regarding various political, defense and health care interests. His book World Without […]

Refresher course in ideology: The Power of Nightmares

The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear is a BBC television documentary series by Adam Curtis. It mainly consists of archive footage, with Curtis narrating. The series was originally broadcast in the United Kingdom in 2004. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTg4qnyUGxg It has subsequently been aired in multiple countries and shown at various film festivals, […]

FLA key residents stand up to US GMO mosquito plan

Several years ago, the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District offered up the peninsula of Key Haven, a tiny suburb of Key West, for the first United States test of genetically modified mosquitoes built to blunt the spread of dengue and Zika, it was only a matter of time before opposition mounted. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/25/us/zika-florida-keys-mosquitoes.html?emc=eta1&_r=0 Today, even as […]

Drivers Not Wanted: Uber to test self-driving cars in US

The ride-sharing firm Uber will, for the first time, allow users to hail self-driving cars within a fortnight, the company has confirmed. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37117831 Uber said the launch would take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It added that it was teaming up with Volvo. At first, the vehicles will be supervised by a driver, who can take […]

UN admits it caused deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti

 For the first time since a cholera epidemic imported by United Nations peacekeepers began killing thousands of Haitians nearly six years ago, the office of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has admitted that the United Nations played a role in the initial outbreak and that a “significant new set of U.N. actions” will be needed to […]

UK looks to limit free speech of social media users

A new team of specialist police officers is being set up to investigate online so-called online hate crime on Twitter and Facebook. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37076995 The London-based hub will include a team of five officers who will support victims and identify online abuse. The two-year pilot will cost £1.7m and has received £452,000 from the Home Office, […]

China teams with US to push GMO on world population

China will push for the commercialization of genetically modified soybeans over the next five years boosting output of the crop by the world’s top soy importer and consumer. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-gmo-idUSKCN10L0NX China, which has spent billions of dollars researching GMO crops, has already embraced the technology for cotton but has not yet permitted the cultivation of any […]

Robots at Rio Olympics taking more journalism jobs

It’s the summer of bots, after a spring of bots, probably before an autumn of bots. At the Republican and Democratic conventions, news outlets trotted out their new experiments: BuzzFeed’s Facebook messenger bot collected news, The Washington Post’s bot on wheels rolled around live streaming video, and CNN reported the news to teenagers via a […]

“Too Big to Jail” banks avoid prosecution for criminal acts

Have you ever wondered why the crippling 2008 financial crisis generated almost no criminal prosecutions of large banks and their top executives? http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/17/business/a-bank-too-big-to-jail.html?mtrref=query.nytimes.com&_r=0 Then take a moment to read the congressional report issued on July 11, 2016 titled “Too Big to Jail.” Citing internal documents that the United States Treasury took three years to produce, […]

US to limit free speech outside political conventions

The City of Cleveland is issuing permits to groups that want to demonstrate at the convention, but protest areas will be hundreds of feet from the Quicken Loans Arena, or “the Q,” where the main events will take place. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/07/13/us/politics/cleveland-republican-convention-protest-preparations.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0 Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio brought a lawsuit against the city, […]

Democrats to stall release of secret 9/11 report pages

June has come and gone, and there is still no sign of the secret 28 pages missing from a 2002 joint congressional report into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/07/us/lawmakers-to-press-again-for-release-of-pages-missing-from-9-11-report.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fus&action=click&contentCollection=us&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=5&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0 Advocates of releasing the long-sought pages had hoped that they would finally see the documents, basing their optimism on indications from high-ranking Obama administration officials […]

Self-driving cars claim first victim in deadly crash

Thursday that the driver of a Tesla Model S electric sedan was killed in an accident when the car was in self-driving mode. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/01/business/self-driving-tesla-fatal-crash-investigation.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fus&action=click&contentCollection=us&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=10&pgtype=sectionfront Federal regulators, who are in the early stages of setting guidelines for autonomous vehicles, have opened a formal investigation into the incident, which occurred on May 7 in Williston, Fla. In […]

Camera blocking technology threatens press freedom

Apple has been granted a patent for technology that could stop smartphone cameras being used at concerts. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36672001 The patent describes a smartphone camera receiving coded infrared signals beamed from emitters in public places. The handset could then offer on-screen information or disable the camera functionality to stop pictures being taken. One technology journalist said […]

Australians join worldwide political awakening

Australian voters hold the leaders of both establishment parties in disdain, with polls showing Malcolm Turnbull, leader of the right-wing Liberal Party, and Bill Shorten, leader of the opposition Labor Party, heading into the election on Saturday with historically low support. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/30/world/australia/australian-election-malcolm-turnbull-bill-shorten.html?ref=world Mr. Turnbull’s support has tumbled. In June, it was 48 percent, down from […]