Flight attendants may soon be able to read our emotions using augmented reality. Well, that’s what Air New Zealand is hoping for. In a collaboration with Dimension Data, the airline is exploring how the Microsoft HoloLens — augmented reality smart glasses — can enhance its in-flight customer service.
A class action lawsuit in California, reveals that Transit Police are using a free ‘Bart Watch’ app and Stingray surveillance to secretly spy on commuters texts and emails. (For more info. read pages 5-15 of the suit.) Transit Police take their cues from other police departments, claiming they’re only interested in the public’s safety and security.
Wi-Fi can pass through walls. This fact is easy to take for granted, yet it’s the reason we can surf the web using a wireless router located in another room.
It’s Not What You Believe. It’s How You Believe It
According to a 2015 DHS Data Mining report, DHS claims the ‘Homeland Security Act’ authorizes them to get Americans secret risk assessments. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S.Customs Border Protection (CBP) employees use their own judgment to decide who’s a criminal or terrorist.
A new smart-home assistant and security monitor can tell the difference between specific adults and spot kids and pets, and send you smartphone alerts about what they’re up to.
At some point in the not-too-distant future, fleets of commercial drones are expected to swarm across American skies. Companies in a wide range of industries will employ unmanned vehicles for tactical advantage—inspecting infrastructure, surveying crops, maybe even estimating how much your new roof will cost.
The many phones, laptops, and sundry gadgets most of us use every day track our location, our habits, and our preferences. The privacy threats may be pervasive, but not everybody is affected equally: the poor and marginalized get the worst of it.
According to an article in Texas Public Radio, law enforcement will now have access to DHS’s biometric database. “Texas law enforcement are now getting a big assist from the federal government. Texas is the first and only state to get access to a massive Department of Homeland Security biometric database…” Letting police have access to everyone’s biomterics is asinine and the potential for abuse will be astronomical.
An Ohio seventh-grader learned a bizarre lesson after he was suspended for “liking” a photo on Instagram. Zachary Bowlin, who attends Edgewood Middle School in Trenton, was suspended for 10 days after school officials noticed he “liked” a photo of an airsoft gun on the photo-sharing social network Wednesday evening.
The UK government has secretly drawn up more details of its new bulk surveillance powers – awarding itself the ability to monitor Brits’ live communications, and insert encryption backdoors by the backdoor.
In the four years since National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the lid off U.S. surveillance overseas, the number of targets the U.S. is monitoring around the globe has steadily increased.
An article in Muckrock reveals that the California Department of Justice (CDOJ) is using facial recognition cameras to spy on everyone. The CDOJ spent close to one million dollars ($850K) to install NEC’s NeoFace system everywhere. According to the article, the CDOJ has been spying on everyone since April 26th., 2016. What’s even worse is the CDOJ is paying NEC $650,000 every year in ‘support fees’. Which means Calif. taxpayers are paying $650K a year for the privilege of being spied on.
More than a third of Europeans and Americans would be happy to go without cash and rely on electronic forms of payment if they could, and at least 20 percent already pretty much do so, a study showed on Wednesday.
Products like the Amazon Echo are proof of a strange new shift in our culture. Suddenly people are okay with having a device in their homes that they know is listening to them. They’re voluntarily inserting electronic devices into their private lives, which are capable of spying on them and sending the data to private corporations and governments.
According to an article in the Knoxville News Sentinel, the City of Knoxville is spending close to $9 million to help spy on manage congested intersections in the future. Recently, a company called GRIDSMART (GS) donated smart “traffic-time spying collection devices” to allegedly help the city manage intersections.
The march towards an Orwellian future where every form of human behavior is being monitored by AI-driven appliances and electronics is quickly becoming a reality. This was the plan from the start and as we can see the ruling elite have not slowed down one bit in their attempt to create this kind of world. It is thus no surprise that Samsung is releasing a new smartphone this week called the S8 and S8+ that has a software called “Bixby” which will be studying your behavior in real-time and will be reacting, responding and “learning” from you accordingly.
Many Americans today would quite possibly consider Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” to be a utopia of sorts with its limitless drugs, guilt-free sex, perpetual entertainment and a genetically engineered society designed for maximum economic efficiency and social harmony. Conversely, most free people today would view Orwell’s “1984” as a dystopian nightmare, and shudder to contemplate the terrifying existence under the iron fist of “Big Brother”; the ubiquitous figurehead of a perfectly totalitarian government.