IBM Head: Stop Fighting And “Embrace” Total Biometric Surveillance Because It Cannot Be Stopped

“Everything will be monitored”

A leading IBM official has urged the world to “embrace” ubiquitous surveillance of the public through biometrics, because, he argues, it is too late to fight against it.

“…trying to stop this would be fighting the wrong battle.” said Peter Waggett, Programme Leader at IBM’s Emerging Technology Group.

“We’re fighting the wrong battle when we ask should we stop people being observed. That is not going to be feasible. We need to understand how to use that data better,” Waggett added, speaking at a Nesta panel debate on biometrics.

“The information is out of the bottle already — we have to deal with the issues surrounding it now. Embrace the challenge of what we’ve got, embrace understanding it and focus on what we can do with that new data.” he argued, urging people to stop worrying about preventing such surveillance from becoming a societal norm.

“I’ve been working in biometrics for 20 years, and it’s reaching a tipping point where it’s going to be impossible not to understand where people are and what they are doing. Everything will be monitored.” Waggett continued.

Alarming to privacy advocates, Waggett’s words also carry more weight, given that he also heads the BSI British Standards Biometrics Committee – a Royal Chartered group that is concerned with developing formal standards in the area of biometrics and promoting their use by government and industry.

During the debate, as Wired reports, Waggett referred specifically to depictions of biometric technology in dystopian films such as Minority Report, arguing that such technology is now already in place and unavoidable.

In the film, adapted from Philip K. Dick’s story, the general populace is subjected to total surveillance in the form of Iris scanners linked to a biometric database. The surveillance is often dressed up as or doubled up with targeted advertising and the promotion of mass consumption.

“The one thing they got wrong is you won’t recognise you’re being scanned — the flashing red light in the film is for effect, but all that’s now feasible.” Waggett stated, pointing specifically to mannequins already deployed in some stores that can gather age, sex and racial data on retail customers using facial recognition.

“The pressure to ID people is becoming more and important with things like the internet of things,” Waggett noted arguing that people’s biometrics should be made more readily available. “Google Glass wants to block facial recognition to stop people using invasive technology, but I think a lot of these things can be used for good.” Waggett added.

Waggett also spoke highly of other forms of biometric technology such as vehicles that interface with human brainwaves and heart rhythms.

“Biometric systems are becoming much more accurate and ubiquitous,” said Waggett. “It is impossible not to be identifiable by some kind of signal you’re leaving behind.”

IBM has most recently made headlines for being involved in the NSA surveillance scandal. The company is being sued by one of its shareholders over an alleged failure to disclose its involvement in the PRISM program. The company has denied that it co-operated with the NSA, and claims it has never given customer data, software source code or encryption keys to anyone.

Of course, the company’s shady past with regard to working directly with a tyrannical government to enslave and people is well known.

In this context, Waggett’s declarations on how we should all just stop worrying and learn to love the biometric surveillance grid will be greeted with great trepidation.

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Control the environment and you control human behavior and, ultimately, the destiny of humanity Virtual reality mediated social behavior, designed to appeal to a generation acclimated to the internet and a diverse world of computer generation games and entertainment, may serve as the next step in a larger and more complex control paradigm. Earlier this week, Facebook dropped $2 billion to buy the virtual reality company Oculus Rift, described by Dave Thier of Forbes as “a bizarre, maddening and beguiling beast” that will reshape “conference calls, virtual tourism, goggle-sized home theaters and more.” The strap-on technology is, as well, Thier adds, “scary.” Considering the murky history of Facebook, the adjective is appropriate. Facebook received start-up funding from Accel Parnters, a venture capital firm with deep connections to In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s technology investment outfit. It is also connected to the Defense Department and its Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is responsible for high-tech, high-end development. DARPA was instrumental in building the original internet. Later, when DARPA’s Information Awareness Office, a surveillance technology project, was exposed folks began to ask questions. Congress promised to defund the project and it was quietly rolled into the NSA. High technology projects with even thin connections to the NSA and the CIA should be suspect. Moreover, Facebook boss, Mark Zuckerberg, has publicly forged a connection between Facebook and the surveillance state when he declared in 2010 the age of privcy is over. He also said sharing information with “people,” and, obviously, the state, with its ubiquitous surveillance and control grid, and large corporations is now a “social norm.” “I think Facebook may be testing the waters for something even more science fiction than VR games here. I think they believe they can someday t                                                                              In Ernest Cline's novel Ready Player One computers and virtual reality have taken over and control social life.

In Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One, computers and virtual reality control social life.

Tassi mentions two science fiction books that get right to the crux of what is likely to emerge from a CIA and NSA spawned social network moving into the virtual realm: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash. Both novels portray a horrific world where computers and virtual reality have not only taken over and control social life, but become society. “If Mark Zuckerberg is telling me I can talk to virtual teachers and doctors and have adventures and experiences with my friends through his vision of the Oculus, I have to imagine that in the back of his mind, he has something like a true VR social network in mind,” writes Tassi. “Maybe a ‘social network’ is even too restrictive a term. Maybe it will someday just be an entirely digital world.” If allowed to develop under the guiding hand of the CIA and the NSA, virtual reality will eventually become the perfect mechanism for controlling humanity. “Sometime in the 2020s, reality simulations will become so high-resolution and immersive that they’llstart to get indistinguishable from the real thing,” writes the Lifeboat Foundation. “Simulations will become the preferred environments for work and play.” “In the long run, VR could unlock limitless possibilities for human creativity,” argues Humanity Plus, a transhumanist organization. “We could construct artificial experiential worlds, in which the laws of physics can be suspended, that would appear as real as physical reality to participants.” Control the environment and you control human behavior and, ultimately, the direction and destiny of humanity. According to investigative author Daniel Estulin, the global elite plan to use transhumanism to create a master race destined to reach the stars after destroying the rest of humanity and the planet. “Globalists plan to seize all of the planet’s assets, natural and otherwise,” writes Rady Ananda in a review of Estulin’s book, TransEvolution: The Coming Age of Human Deconstruction. Virtual reality mediated social behavior, designed to appeal to a generation acclimated to the internet and a diverse world of computer generated games and entertainment, may serve as the next step in a larger and more complex control paradigm. Nurtured and shepherded by the likes of Google, Facebook, and other large corporations owned by the global elite under the purview of a supranational intelligence monolith, the future appears dim.

Vision Tracking Company Wants Your Eyes To Be Next PS4 Controller

Eye tracking device would translate eyeball motions into on-screen movement

Many are aware of the mountain of Orwellian features inherent in Microsoft’s latest gaming console, Xbox One, but competitor Sony may soon take the cake when it comes to creepy, invasive Big Brother-style add-ons.

Sony’s Magic Lab research department has been working with SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI), a world leader in “eye & gaze tracking systems,” to develop an attachment that will allow gamers to control cameras, characters and events on screen sans a controller. All that will be required is your eyes.

A prototype demonstration shows users would set the device on a table in front of a monitor about 50 to 75 centimeters from the eyes. The device’s cameras would then track eye motions and translate that data into actual movements on screen.

The technology is still far from hitting store shelves, and may fail to materialize, but gamers and reviewers are already smitten with the new eyeball tracker.

A writer for Wired, who tested a prototype at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco last week, commented on “how awesome it is to use.”

Digital Trends also hopes SMI’s eye tracker “may just be part of the future of gaming,” marveling at how “the effects are amazing.”

Eye tracking technology is indeed nothing new, however, SMI’s extensive background in the field should send up red flags for gamers concerned with privacy.

This is because SMI isn’t just barely wading into the eye-tracking trend. This is their realm, and for decades they’ve been working to perfect various innovations that have all sorts of creepy applications.

Eye tracking prototype demo used on InFAMOUS: Second Son. / Screen capture via Verge.com

The company’s bread and butter is primarily designing eye tracking goggles for market, psychologyand human research. A “Neuroheadset” can also accompany the eye tracking glasses to combine and record brain response data.

SMI also recently announced they were working in conjunction with Utah-based “deception detection company” Conversus to develop eye tracking technology “for reliable lie detection.”

In other words, they’re not noobs when it comes to eye surveillance tech, which they refer to as “solutions.”

There’s also the fact that research has led to successful interpretation of human emotions, as well as the ability to diagnose a wide range of health issues, simply by studying the retina, eye gaze patterns and pupil size variation, adding a whole other marketable dimension to possibly be exploited.

Given Microsoft has already submitted a patent for its new Xbox system to be able to analyze gamers’ emotions, or levels of engagement or enjoyment, and reward them based on whether or not they’re actually viewing ads, it’s not too far-fetched to assume PS4 is looking to integrate some of these same features.

Recently we also learned about a Swiss technology institute’s development of in-vehicle cameras that would detect a wide range of emotions, the purported goal being to combat road rage before it starts by sensing whenever a person’s facial expressions are perceived as “anger” or “disgust.”

It should be noted that Sony was not revealed to be a PRISM participant via NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks, but the company’s partnership with NASA to bring about their new virtual reality headset, Project Morpheus, underscores their fondness of establishing relationships with government entities.

As privacy becomes a thing of the past, consider in George Orwell’s novel 1984 that all his protagonist Winston wanted to do was to get away from ubiquitous cameras and microphones that would peer into every private moment of his life.

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Louisiana Police Handcuff Firefighter During Emergency Call

“They are supposed to protect and serve life, and here they are arresting the people that’s trying to help”

Amber Porter,who needed help after fainting in her kitchen, detailed the experience as the firefighter attempted to render aid.

“I was laying on the floor,” Porter told WBRZ News. “They was calling my name. He was trying to sit me up off the floor.”

As Porter worked to regain her composure, a New Roads police officer suddenly appeared at her door, demanding the firefighter move his truck.

Refusing to leave Porter’s side, the firefighter was handcuffed and placed in the back of the officer’s vehicle.

“This is very disheartening, very disappointing and very embarrassing,” next-door neighbor Joyce Harris stated.

According to WBRZ News, one paramedic who refused to go on camera stated that the officer’s actions were one of the most unprofessional things he had ever seen.

After reviewing surveillance video from a nearby camera, the New Roads Housing Authority was able to determine that the firefighter was detained in the back of the officer’s police car for more than 22 minutes.

“I think what his problem was, was an ego thing,” Harris said. “They are supposed to protect and serve life, and here they are arresting the people that’s trying to help.”

Porter expressed similar feelings towards the officer as well, demanding he face disciplinary action for completely disregarding her well-being.

“I think he should get fired or suspended,” Porter said. “Something should happen to him because who just arrests somebody? He was helping me. He wasn’t just parking his car to park it.”

Responding to the community’s outrage, New Roads Police Chief Kevin McDonald told reporters that the issue was “resolved” and that the officer would not be disciplined.

Luckily for Porter and her neighbor, an internal investigation was launched by the State Fire Marshal’s Office almost immediately after McDonald’s announcement.

“I have tasked detectives today to begin that investigation,” Deputy Chief Brant Thompson said. “They will be conducting interviews and other information concerning what is seen as a very unfortunate incident that occurred in New Roads.”

Under state law, jail time can be given to any person “intentionally hindering, delaying, hampering, interfering with, or impeding the progress” of any fire fighter.

Responding to the investigation, McDonald defended his officer’s actions yet again, claiming the officer was justified in detaining the firefighter due to a “sarcastic remark.”

The Fire Marshal’s investigation is expected to take as long as two weeks.

Incredibly, Porter’s situation is not the first of its kind. Just last month, a California Highway Patrol officer handcuffed a firefighter after he refused to move his firetruck as well. The firefighter was detained in front of news cameras as victims lay helpless in a vehicle that rolled down a major embankment.

In 2009, an ambulance driver was pulled over and choked by an Oklahoma police officer as a heart-attack victim lay suffering in the back.

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