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Virtual Reality Allows the Most Detailed, Intimate Digital Surveillance Yet. “Why do I look like Justin Timberlake?”

Virtual Reality Allows the Most Detailed, Intimate Digital Surveillance Yet

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was on stage wearing a virtual reality headset, feigning surprise at an expressive cartoon simulacrum that seemed to perfectly follow his every gesture. The audience laughed. Zuckerberg was in the middle of what he described as the first live demo inside VR, manipulating his digital avatar to show off the new social features of the Rift headset from Facebook subsidiary Oculus. The venue was an Oculus developer conference convened earlier this fall in San Jose.

Moments later, Zuckerberg and two Oculus employees were transported to his glass-enclosed office at Facebook, and then to his infamously sequestered home in Palo Alto. The demo encapsulated Facebook’s utopian vision for social VR, first hinted at two years ago when the company acquired Oculus and its crowd-funded Rift headset for $2 billion. Animation: Scott Gelber for The Intercept Similar tracking systems have been used to study the therapeutic potential of VR.

Recovering sound from video - visual microphone technology.

Mobile devices

Enabling Battlespace Persistent Surveillance: The Form, Function and Future of Smart Dust. Insect Drone Swarms to be "Hidden in Plain Sight" Nicholas WestActivist Post As drone expert, P.W.

Insect Drone Swarms to be "Hidden in Plain Sight"

Singer said, "At this point, it doesn't really matter if you are against the technology, because it's coming. " Image recognition. I’m terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on — and you’d be, too. I just bought a new TV.

“Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.” Got that? Don’t say personal or sensitive stuff in front of the TV. – senseih

The old one had a good run, but after the volume got stuck on 63, I decided it was time to replace it.

I’m terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on — and you’d be, too

I am now the owner of a new “smart” TV, which promises to deliver streaming multimedia content, games, apps, social media and Internet browsing. Oh, and TV too. The only problem is that I’m now afraid to use it. You would be too — if you read through the 46-page privacy policy. The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. It also has a built-in camera — with facial recognition.

Mesh networks

Pattern of life analysis. The Real Skynet: New NSA Autonomous Weapons System Intercepts Threats and Retaliates Automatically. The name of it is telling.

The Real Skynet: New NSA Autonomous Weapons System Intercepts Threats and Retaliates Automatically

“MonsterMind.” They could just as easily have called it Skynet, the computer network of Terminator franchise fame that eventually led to the destruction of the modern world. Though not as advanced just yet, MonsterMind is a new autonomous cyber weapons system developed by the National Security Agency and according to Edward Snowden is capable of not only intercepting every single digital communication within the United States, but it can automatically detect and launch retaliatory strikes without any human involvement if a threat has been identified. During the interview Snowden explained a previously unrevealed NSA cyber weapon called “MonsterMind,” which has the capability to detect incoming cyber attacks and retaliate automatically without any human supervision. The military is actively working to build robotic soldiers and pilots that, like “MonsterMind,” would be capable of making autonomous decisions.

Does anyone else see a potential problem(s) with this?

Microchipping humans

Your Online Pictures Will Be Used To Identify You On CCTV. Despite the growing criticism worldwide for the privacy violations of the NSA, the National Security Agency continues to harvest millions of images of people from the web.

Your Online Pictures Will Be Used To Identify You On CCTV

These images come from the communications that the NSA intercepts through its global surveillance operation, which comes equipped with a sophisticated facial recognition program. The NSA uses a variety of data in order to fish for the images, including e-mails, text messages, social media, video conferences, and other communications. These programs have been labeled by former CIA analyst Edward Snowden, who was the first to expose the NSA privacy violations, to be grossly unregulated and unsupervised. The agency steals millions of images per day from unsuspecting citizens, including roughly 55,000 facial recognition quality images.

Domain awareness system

‘Smart’ Street Lights Analyze Voices, Track People. The company behind a new ‘smart’ street lighting system which is being rolled out in major cities like Las Vegas admits that the technology has the capability of analyzing voices and tracking people, features that will aid the Department of Homeland Security in “protecting its citizens.”

‘Smart’ Street Lights Analyze Voices, Track People

We first reported on Intellistreets bragging of its product’s “homeland security” applications back in 2011, with the backlash from privacy advocates causing the company to remove a promotional video from YouTube. The video was later restored (see above), although comments were disabled. However, Illuminating Concepts, the company behind Intellistreets, seems to be more comfortable in acknowledging the “security” aspects of its devices now that it has secured numerous lucrative government contracts to supply street lighting in several major cities. Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Infowars.com and Prison Planet.com. DHS network tracks last 1,000 GPS locations of cellphone users.

Smart meters