DARPA Creating Physically Provable Assurances Around Data Security and Privacy

DARPA is seeking to create new software and hardware architectures that provide physically provable assurances around data security and privacy. Keeping a system completely disconnected from all means of information transfer is an unrealistic security tactic. Modern computing systems must be able to communicate with other systems, including those with different security requirements. Today, commercial …

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Simple Existing Camera Technology and How Privacy Died a Few Years Ago

Nextbigfuture has predicted ultra-high resolution cameras would become relatively common and high-resolution images and video would impact privacy. In 2006, Brian Wang of Nextbigfuture made two predictions related to cameras, resolution and privacy. Gigapixel cameras common was predicted for 2009-2015. Instead, there are parallel cameras and robotic camera mounts. One billion digital video cameras posting …

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Apple CEO Tim Cook calls for strong privacy protection

CEO Tim Cook blasted Silicon Valley technology companies and their abuse of user privacy. Tim gave the keynote address at a privacy conference in Brussels Wednesday. Facebook and Google make most of their money from advertising. Cook said * Personal information is being weaponized against us with military efficiency. * Every day, billions of dollars …

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Next gen satellites will count people 40 times a day at desired spots anywhere on earth

DigitalGlobe will launch the WorldView Legion constellation of satellites from 2020 to 2021. called Scout—can snap a photo of a high-demand spot (say the Port of Shanghai) 40 times a day. Scott declined to specify how many satellites count as legion, but they will be 30-centimeter- and 50-centimeter-class, meaning they could resolve a laptop or …

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Near term technology for global big brother

A few thousand microsatellites with deployable telescopes could provide constant image monitoring of the earth at 0.25 meter to 0.5 resolution. This would scale up persistent drone monitoring to a global scale. There would be issues of data transmission and storage. There is a company with 149 microsatellites that each weight about 5 kilograms and …

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Better Cement mixture would make it twice as strong and allow less to be used and reduce carbon emissions by 60 percent

“Cement is the most-used material on the planet,” Pellenq says, noting that its present usage is estimated to be three times that of steel. “There’s no other solution to sheltering mankind in a durable way — turning liquid into stone in 10 hours, easily, at room temperature. That’s the magic of cement.” In conventional cements, …

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Reconciling China’s labor shortages with the jobless automated future

For a long time, analysts and economists believed 8 per cent economic growth in China was necessary to create enough jobs to maintain social stability in the country. But China has fallen short of that line a few times now and there is no unemployment crisis. If anything, there is evidence of skills shortages in …

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Digital eye in the sky used to capture 34 murderers and solved 75 murders and many other crimes

Persistent Surveillance Systems (PSS) flies a small Cessna aircraft 10,000 feet overhead. The surveillance planes are loaded up with specialized 192 megapixel cameras that could watch 25 square miles of territory, and it provided something no ordinary helicopter or police plane could: a Tivo-style time machine that could watch and record movements of every person …

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Investment Manager View of America’s top 1% – Even High Professional Income and Saving does not cut it

An Investment manager has written his view of the top 1% in 2011 and in 2014 The average (median) American family has pre-tax income in the low to mid-$50k range and net worth around $120k. High end professionals at 99 to 99.5 percentile The 99th to 99.5th percentiles largely include physicians, attorneys, upper middle management, …

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Google Eric Schmidt talks to Glenn Beck about Ray Kurzweil and Artificial General Intelligence

Glenn Beck has read Ray Kurzweil’s books and Eric Schmidt’s new book. Glenn expects Eric to defend or discuss the broader goals of human level or greater than human level Artificial General Intelligence. Eric in the interview speaks cautiously that AGI is really hard and we don’t know many things about how or if we …

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