July 12th, 2013


Google Glass - The First Fight & Arrest Caught on Glass - July 4 Wildwood, NJ boardwalk

Tonight, I was testing out the extended video recording option with Google Glass on the Boardwalk of Wildwood, New Jersey. I walked right into the tail end of a fight happening on Jersey Shore boardwalk and filmed the first arrest through the lens of my Google Glass.

This video is proof that Google Glass will change citizen journalism forever.

Filmed by: Chris Barrett
July 4, 2013
Filmed with: Google Glass
Wildwood, New Jersey

[via kurzweilAI]

Reblogged from Futurescope
July 1st, 2013
June 26th, 2013
April 24th, 2013


When the Government Comes Knocking, Who Has Your Back?

Hat tip to Josh Stearns for making us aware of this 2012 report.

Via the Electronic Frontier Foundation:

When you use the Internet, you entrust your online conversations, thoughts, experiences, locations, photos, and more to companies like Google, AT&T and Facebook. But what happens when the government demands that these companies to hand over your private information? Will the company stand with you? Will it tell you that the government is looking for your data so that you can take steps to protect yourself?

Read through for the report’s findings.

Reblogged from The FJP
March 7th, 2013
November 15th, 2012
This is the sixth time we’ve released this data, and one trend has become clear: Government surveillance is on the rise. As you can see from the graph below, government demands for user data have increased steadily since we first launched the Transparency Report. In the first half of 2012, there were 20,938 inquiries from government entities around the world. Those requests were for information about 34,614 accounts.

Transparency Report: Government requests on the rise

Scary stuff but probably just the tip of the iceberg…

(via futuristgerd)

February 14th, 2012

Five By Five -14 Feb

1. Should We Vaccinate Wild Apes? - Jennifer Viegas via Discovery New — If we are to save the great apes, many believe we will have to vaccinate them from common shared diseases, like measles, mumps and rubella, as humans and great apes are coming into closer contact. Also, new research on vaccines against Ebola  — which has a 90% mortality rate in humans — could lead to wiping out that disease in the ape population, where is is now killing 1/3 of chimpanzees and gorillas, and maybe cutting off one of the sources of ebola outbreaks in human populations.

#ebola #apes #vaccination

2. Neanderthals are as Unprepared for Modernity as We Are - Kyle Munkittrick via IEET — Speaking of non-homo sapiens primates, and living in close proximity with them, Kyle Munkittrick suggests we should clone Neanderthal in order to learn more about them, and us, and he also makes the case that this would be ethical: at least as ethical as a human parent deciding to have a child, so long as we provided the Neanderthal ‘a proper foster family, strict guidelines for study, adequate privacy, and full human rights, I can see no reason cloning a Neanderthal would be unethical.’

reconstruction by Kennis and Kennis / photo by Joe McNally / via National Geographic

#neanderthal #cloning #bioethics

3. Nerve probe controls cyborg moth in flight - Anil Ananthaswamy - New Scientist — DARPA has found a way to control the flight of a moth, one equipped with a radio-controlled probe to send signals to nerves in their abdomen. The MIT researchers behind this hope to use such moths for surveillance, outfitted with tiny cameras and transmitters.

#cyborg #moths #surveillance

4. Somebody’s watching: how a simple exploit lets strangers tap into private security cameras - Katie Notopoulos via The Verge — More on the surveillance front: Console Cowboys details how to hack into Trendnet home security cameras and watch their streams. Yikes.

#hacking #securitycameras #trendnet #surveillance

5. Did Wal-Mart love RFID to death? | SmartPlanet - Matthew Malon via SmartPlanet — Wal-Mart coerced its suppliers to integrate RFID into all goods, but the revolution in supply chain just hasn’t happened, despite all the hype in the early and mid-’00s. Nowadays, it is used more in retail stores for inventory control, not across the entire supply chain.

#rfid #wal-mart #supplychain