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Sci Tech    H4'ed 1/19/20

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

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Clearview AI, devised a groundbreaking facial recognition app:  take a picture of a person, upload it & get to see public photos of that person & links to where those photos appeared. The system has a database of more than 3 billion images ( from Facebook, YouTube, Venmo etc.) goes far beyond anything ever constructed here.  Technology that readily identifies everyone based on their faces  has been taboo because of its radical erosion of privacy. Tech companies capable of  releasing such a tool have refrained from doing so; in 2011, Google’s chairman said the company had held back because it could be used “in a very bad way.” Even if Clearview doesn’t make its app publicly available, a copycat company might, now that the taboo is broken. Searching someone by face could become as easy as Googling a name.'

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Here is the reality, from David Scalzo (aKirenaga Partners --a small firm): "I've come to the conclusion that because information constantly increases, there's never going to be privacy. Laws have to determine what's legal, but you can't ban technology. Sure, that might lead to a dystopian future or something, but you can't ban it."

Submitted on Sunday, Jan 19, 2020 at 8:50:17 PM

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Hello Susan...Are you there???

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Surveillance Capitalism, Shoshana Zuboff...check it out.

Under surveillance capitalism, our experiences are being mined to create predictions about our behavior. Zuboff says that Facebook claims that it makes 6,000,000 predictions per second that it can nudge into action in the Analog world. Do the math for the world.

Take the NYT for example. The article page you directed me to contains from what I can see the following:Thanks for reading The Times. Create your free account or log in to continue reading.

Paraphrasing Zuboff, what the public cannot see are the other images on this page that have been sold to third parties who are interested in how to influence our decisions in the real world. These thirds are more than likely to have agreements with other third parties. They see through the Google Chrome Incognito mode as if it were clean air. If the NYT and others like them were not so greedy they would let us read their silly propaganda for free, could collect our information and sell us back down the river to the plantations just as free access media do.

Cambridge Analytica with financing from Mercer and direction from Bannon figured out how to shift the 2016 US presidential election electorally by persuading those in key precincts and states where it had already predicted from the theft of and use of the persuadables derivative data who could be persuaded to vote for Trump. They used facebook data to do it.

The problem isn't technology. Technology is ubiquitously collecting from us without permission across a multitude of our own as well as public devices. Why?

It is because the criminal, lying, thieving murderous ruling elites would like to be able to control humans down to the number of socks and underwear in your closet and the genes in your DNA.

Guess what? It is worse than that. However, Shoshana believes that we may be able to win this one. I don't see how. NSA probably already has the tools and more. It seems like another door closing to human aspiration.

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Nice overview Shad, but you forgot to say that this is what the Russians are doing to us.

One way out would be a collapse of electricity. A good sun spot might do it. Just a little more junk put in near earth orbit will start an avalanche of debris that would wipe out all low satellites along with our telephones, internet and navigation. That could help.

These possibilities might sound fanciful but this surveillance crap is all tied to our faltering grid. It is important to have some sort of hope that the gods will step in and keep Big Brother from eating us alive. Our politicians will not, they are Big Brother's keepers.

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I forget...where are your merry band of of associates living? I seem to have lost my way.

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I live in Paradise on the end of Peace Lane and my merry associates are nearby. A crane fly showed me the way.

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I could use some of that and those.

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