Join The Time Well Spent Movement


[humantech.com]

Technology is hijacking our minds and society.

A group of former Google and Facebook employees have created a group called the Center for Humane Technology, to raise alarms about technology hijacking our minds.

Early Facebook and Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built

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im Steyer, left, and Tristan Harris in Common Sense’s headquarters. Common Sense is helping fund the The Truth About Tech campaign. Credit Peter Prato for The New York Times

SAN FRANCISCO — A group of Silicon Valley technologists who were early employees at Facebook and Google, alarmed over the ill effects of social networks and smartphones, are banding together to challenge the companies they helped build.

The cohort is creating a union of concerned experts called the Center for Humane Technology. Along with the nonprofit media watchdog group Common Sense Media, it also plans an anti-tech addiction lobbying effort and an ad campaign at 55,000 public schools in the United States.

“The largest supercomputers in the world are inside of two companies — Google and Facebook — and where are we pointing them?” Mr. Harris said. “We’re pointing them at people’s brains, at children.”

“How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day”

From Facebook notifications to Snapstreaks to YouTube autoplays, they’re all competing for one thing: your attention.

Together, we can can get technology platforms to stop hijacking our minds and start putting our well-being first.

Join the movement

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Hazy Kuala Lumpur Becoming A Smart City.


Kuala Lumpur Becoming A Smart City?

merahza (53) in kualalumpur

Alibaba rolls out first overseas smart city AI platform in Malaysia – ZDNet

Dubbed City Brain, the artificial intelligence system runs on Alibaba’s cloud computing infrastructure and is the first to be deployed outside its domestic Chinese market.

I am KL born and bred and have lived in this city like forever.

The sleazy and peaceful Kuala Lumpur I grew up in has transformed into a monster. Yes there are plenty of (beautiful) skyscrapers like the Petronas Twin Towers and many many more are rising as I write. But, tall buildings aren’t enough to make a city beautiful, trust me. How I wish them skyscrapers could scrape off the (deadly) pollutants from the seasonal haze that hovers over it.

Looks like there’s a chance for that to happen with intelligent artificial intelligence (AI) to look into and solve the city chaos by Mr. Jack Ma (Alibaba founder)

In Malaysia, Ali Baba (and the 40 thieves) is a horrible pun. Its a slang for bogey business.

Whatever and however, this so called “smart city” project is urgently needed and overdue to clean up the prevailing mess of Kuala Lumpur, with its horrible city planing, eating stalls on road sides, frequent flash floods, and not to mention the ridiculous 24/7 traffic jams.

 

Kuala Lumpur flash flood

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By The Way, http://www.zdnet.com
View Original | January 29th, 2018

Alibaba has deployed its smart city artificial intelligence (AI) platform in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, marking the Chinese vendor’s first such implementation outside its domestic market.

The initiative was launched Monday with local ICT agency, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), and city council Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), according to Alibaba Cloud.

Dubbed the Malaysia City Brain, the AI-powered platform operated on Alibaba’s cloud infrastructure and was developed to support smart cities in their digital transformation. It was touted to analyse large data volumes extracted from various sources in an urban environment, through video, image, and speech recognition. The system then used machine learning to provide insights for city administrators to improve operational efficiencies and monitor security risks.

“For example, by combining insights from the transportation bureau, observatory, public transportation systems as well as mapping app, City Brain is capable of constructing a virtual digital city model and optimising this through ongoing machine learning to make decisions in areas such as road planning, bus routes and frequency, and the length of time a particular red traffic light should be on, to increase traffic efficiency,”Alibaba said.

It added that the AI platform was first implemented in Hangzhou, China, in September 2016.

In its first phase, the deployment would enable Kuala Lumpur to use City Brain for traffic management with the goal to improve mobility around the capital city. The AI system also would generate structured data summaries, such as traffic volume and speed in specific road lanes, which then could used to facilitate tasks such as incident detection.

In addition, the smart city platform could connect with other urban management systems including emergency dispatch, ambulance call, traffic command, and traffic light control. This integration would enable the city to analyse real-time data extracted from the systems and optimise urban traffic flow, such as by identifying the quickest route for emergency response vehicles.

As the City Brain’s functionality expands, enterprises, start-ups, entrepreneurs, universities, and research institutions will in the future also have the opportunity to access and leverage its artificial intelligence tools to drive a wide range of innovation.

Alibaba also announced the Malaysia Tianchi Big Data Program, a big data crowd intelligence platform that aimed to gather global data experts to collaborate and compete in developing applications for real-world problems.

Supported by MDEC, the program hoped to incubate 500 data professionals and 300 startups in Malaysia within two years, offering the use of the Chinese vendor’s cloud computing and AI systems.

The Malaysian iteration also would be integrated into Alibaba Cloud’s global Tianchi community, which encompassed more than 120,000 developers and 2,700 academic institutes and businesses from 77 markets.

Alibaba last March said it would set up a distribution centre in Malaysia as part of a wider agreement to build up a digital trading network in the country. Slated to open by end-2019, the new facility would be located near the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and serve as a regional e-commerce and logistics hub.

The logistics centre was part of a wider agreement between Alibaba and the Malaysian government to establish Electronic World Trade Platforms (eWTPs), an initiative first mooted last year by Alibaba’s founder and executive chairman, Jack Ma.

Could Alibaba also look into the Kuala Lumpur “hazy” seasonal phenomenon?? (see photo)
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One Bad Rotten #Apple…


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Contrary to “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”Apple the company is one bad rotten apple that will make you sick.

As an iPhone and Mac user, I have high esteem for Steve Jobs and the great design and quality of Apple’s products. It still is even under Tim Cook, but the rotten part is the dirty business model they apply.

Cheating their customers who adore their products.

Is there anything worse?

As you well know by now that Apple designed the iPhones to slow down as the battery ages, and that is one rotten bad act to treat their faithful customers.

Apple Confirms Slowing Down Old iPhones

Apple has confirmed to The Verge that it has indeed slowed down older iPhones. However, the company is disputing claims by customers that it’s to force people to upgrade their devices. Instead, Apple says it is for the prolongment and protection of the device. In a statement, the California-based company stated

What’s more sickening is they audaciously reported how much they increase the pay of their CEO Tim Cook. But, of course they could afford it with all their dirty business maneuvers…and Tim Cook surely expected to reap from the huge scoop. Wouldn’t you!

Apple’s Tim Cook paid $102m this year including bonuses worth $98m

Cook was paid a basic salary of $3.06m, a cash bonus of $9.3m (up from $5.4m last year), and collected share awards worth $89m taking his total 2017 payout to $102m, Apple disclosed in a regulatory filing.

This is sicker:

Here’s Apple’s huge apology for slowing down your old iPhone

Apple will offer $29 battery replacements that should speed things up again, through 2018.

…and oh, your iPhone will slow down again when the replacement battery ages…of course

I love the late Aaron Swartz

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Why Hackers And Governments Steal Your Private Data?


merahza (51) in bigdata

Data Is Eveything!

Without Data there is no creation…there is NO thing!

No computers, no programs and applications….not even YOU!

The latest hype in science is Gene-Editing Technology. This’ very telling about the Simulation Hypothesis

We’ll leave that for now… for another topic another time.

We’ll focus on DATA:

Data is at the core of Artificial Intelligence (and that’s YOU!) , BIG DATA at that!

Therefore, it is VERY IMPORTANT you keep your (private) DATA safe!

You lock your house doors, windows and the front gates…do the same for your private data and you will thank yourself for that!

In the world of Duality (polarity), everything works both ways like a double-edge knife.

Data creates Data destroys!

He who controls data controls everything!

Lately, in Malaysia the telco breach millions of telephone users’ data got their way into the hands of hackers

The worrying part is that the government IT watchdog MCMC blocked the website sayakenahack.com, which exposed the data robbery, instead of going after the data thieves.

Weird?

Any questions?

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The Quantum Entangled Mind


merahza 51 in quantum

When you ask someone, “What’s on your mind?”, is it the same as asking, “What are you thinking?” ?

Without thinking most would probably answer a yes. The question now, “Is the brain the mind as well?”. Apparently not, not according to philosophers, scientists and researchers.The brain has always been thought of as like a processor in the computer. The mind is quite something else. Its linked to thoughts and the consciousness. Conceivably, the conscious mind is the enquirer, posing the problem and the brain processes and dishes out the answer/solution.

Researches on what’s going on in our heads have been going on since the days of the great “thinkers” Heraclitus, Socrates, and Plato right to this day.

It seems like nothing is going on in our heads. Yes, the brain is there of course and no one is arguing about that, but the more we start to think about them, the more perplex it becomes.

I gathered below some related articles and reports in the hope that one topic could reconcile with another to paint a clearer picture of what is and not. There are three separate topics:

  1. Brain
  2. Mind
  3. Consciousness

With Quantum Computing making its appearance soon, its also a good idea to tie it into our heads.

Your brain is not a computer

No matter how hard they try, brain scientists and cognitive psychologists will never find a copy of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony in the brain – or copies of words, pictures, grammatical rules or any other kinds of environmental stimuli. The human brain isn’t really empty, of course. But it does not contain most of the things people think it does – not even simple things such as ‘memories’

Our shoddy thinking about the brain has deep historical roots, but the invention of computers in the 1940s got us especially confused. For more than half a century now, psychologists, linguists, neuroscientists and other experts on human behaviour have been asserting that the human brain works like a computer.

… computers really do operate on symbolic representations of the world. They really store and retrieve. They really process. They really have physical memories. They really are guided in everything they do, without exception, by algorithms.

Humans, on the other hand, do not – never did, never will. Given this reality, why do so many scientists talk about our mental life as if we were computers? Read more

A new theory of consciousness: the mind exists as a field connected to the brain

Today, philosophers and scientists are involved in rigorous research on consciousness and now, at the confluence quantum physics and neuroscience, a theory emerges of a mental field we each have, existing in another dimension and behaving in some ways like a black hole, reports Tara MacIsaac at Epoch Times

What is consciousness?

What is the connection between the brain and the mind? Where is the mind located?

Dr. Dirk K.F. Meijer, a professor at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands published an article in the September 2017 edition of NeuroQuantology that reviews and expands upon the current theories of consciousness that arise from the meeting of neuroscience and quantum physics.

He writes: “Our brain is not a ‘stand alone’ information processing organ: it acts as a central part of our integral nervous system with recurrent information exchange with the entire organism and the cosmos. In this study, the brain is conceived to be embedded in a holographic structured field that interacts with resonant sensitive structures in the various cell types in our body.”

Essentially, Meijer hypothesizes that our consciousness exists in a field surrounding the brain. This field is in another dimension. It shares information with the brain through quantum entanglement, among other methods. And it has certain similarities with a black hole.

A new theory based on quantum entanglement says your mind exists in another dimension

Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmers once phrased the question: “how can something immaterial like subjective experience and self-consciousness arise from a material brain?”

Chalmers and countless philosophers and scientists throughout the ages have battled with this question to end all questions, and still we don’t have a clear answer.

Principles of quantum physics may explain how the mind processes information

…our consciousness could be sharing information with the brain through quantum entanglement.

Quantum entanglement is a phenomenon in which particles appear to be connected over vast distances. When actions are performed on one of the particles, corresponding changes are observed on the other simultaneously. This would allow for rapid processes like the fast exchange of information between consciousness and the brain — rapid processes which can’t be explained with classical physics.

Quantum Entanglement and Quantum Computing

John Preskill, the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, is himself deeply entangled in the quantum world. Different rules apply there, and objects that obey them are now being made in our world, as he explains at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium.

So what’s “entanglement?”

It’s the correlations between the parts of a system. Suppose you have a 100-page book with print on every page. If you read 10 pages, you’ll know 10 percent of the contents. And if you read another 10 pages, you’ll learn another 10 percent. But in a highly entangled quantum book, if you read the pages one at a time—or even 10 at a time—you’ll learn almost nothing. The information isn’t written on the pages. It’s stored in the correlations among the pages, so you have to somehow read all of them at once.

There’s another important difference: If Alice and Bob both read this morning’s New York Times, they will have perfectly correlated information. And if Charlie comes along and reads the same paper later on, he will be just as strongly correlated with Alice as Alice is with Bob, and Bob will be just as correlated with Charlie as he is with Alice. But if Alice reads her quantum newspaper and Bob reads his, they will learn almost nothing until they get together and share their information. Now, when Charlie comes along, Alice and Bob have already used up all their ability to be entangled, and he’s completely left out. Entanglement is monogamous—if Alice and Bob are as entangled as they can be, neither of them can entangle with Charlie at all. So if Alice wants to be entangled with both Bob and Charlie, there’s a limit to how entangled she can be with either one. They have to work out some sort of compromise.

What Is Quantum Computing?

The Power of Quantum Computers

When you enter the world of atomic and subatomic particles, things begin to behave in unexpected ways. In fact, these particles can exist in more than one state at a time. It’s this ability (quantum entanglement) that quantum computers take advantage of.

Instead of bits, which conventional computers use, a quantum computer uses quantum bits—known as qubits. To illustrate the difference, imagine a sphere. A bit can be at either of the two poles of the sphere, but a qubit can exist at any point on the sphere. So, this means that a computer using qubits can store an enormous amount of information and uses less energy doing so than a classical computer. By entering into this quantum area of computing where the traditional laws of physics no longer apply, we will be able to create processors that are significantly faster (a million or more times) than the ones we use today.

To sum it all up, the keyword is “Quantum”. I think quantum computingwill solve and provide the answers to our questions about what’s really in our heads and what’s going on therein. The quantum entanglement theory will in the end reveal who we humans really are and finally prove the Simulation Hypothesis is a fact and as Elon Musk said that its a billion to one chance that we’re not in the Matrix.

In the end there’s really nothing or anything going on in the head after all as we thought, as the quantum mind with consciousness may well be operating from somewhere else, in another dimension if you like.

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#Facebook and #Google Are Actually ‘Net States.’ And They Rule the World


Alexis Wichowski | Wired
Like nation-states, they’re a wildly diverse bunch. Some are the equivalent to global superpowers: the Googles, the Facebooks, the Twitters. Others are mere gatherings of pranksters, like Lulzsec (whose sole purpose for action is “for the lulz”—the laughs). Others still are paramilitary operations, such as GhostSec, an invite-only cyberarmy specifically created to target ISIS.

“We reject: kings, presidents, and voting. We believe in: rough consensus and running code.” So declared MIT professor David D. Clark in 1992. Twenty-five years later, this sentiment mirrors the global zeitgeist more than ever. The American public distrusts government in record numbers. Other nation-states disdain the US to world-historical degrees. A non-nation-state, Facebook, just topped 2 billion users—more than a quarter of the world’s population, surpassing even China’s population by almost 40 percent. In short, nation-states are not the only game in town anymore.

It is time to name this new landscape. The world is no longer dominated by nation-states alone. We have moved into a non-state, net-state era.

Why “net-states”? Because the world is no longer neatly divided into states (countries like the US, France, and India) and non-states (terrorist organizations like ISIS and al Qaeda). Ever since Barbara Ehrenreich’s 2011 article “Coming to a Theater Near You: War Without Humans” described the “emergence of a new kind of enemy, so-called non-state actors,” the term transformed into a fancy way of saying “bad guy.” Now we need new language to describe the non-state, non-bad-guys. I propose “net-states.”

Net-states are digital non-state actors, without the violence. Like nation-states, they’re a wildly diverse bunch. Some are the equivalent to global superpowers: the Googles, the Facebooks, the Twitters. Others are mere gatherings of pranksters, like Lulzsec (whose sole purpose for action is “for the lulz”—the laughs). Others still are paramilitary operations, such as GhostSec, an invite-only cyberarmy specifically created to target ISIS. There are also hacktivist collectives like Anonymous and Wikileaks.

Regardless of their differences in size and raison d’etre, net-states of all stripes share three key qualities: They exist largely online, enjoy international devotees, and advance belief-driven agendas that they pursue separate from, and at times, above, the law.

Take Google, for instance. In 2013, the company launched an anti-censorship initiative called Project Shield, a sort of online safe haven for news sites censored by their national governments. Democratic countries like the US may laud such efforts, but in countries where Project Shield has been deployed across Asia and Africa—where free speech is not necessarily protected—those governments would be well within their rights to see Google’s actions as both disruptive and illegal. While Project Shield may be branded a business practice that generates good PR for the company, it also embodies Google’s fundamental doctrine to bring about positive change in the world. As co-founder Sergey Brin put it in a 2014 interview, “the societal goal is our primary goal.”

Anonymous—the hackers and pranksters most famous for the Operation Chanology protest movement against Scientology—occupies a very different role from Google among net-states. It’s not a business; it’s not even an official, card-carrying membership organization.

But Anonymous, too, dabbles in actions traditionally in the domain of government. For instance, after the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, Anonymous disabled between 5,500 and 20,000 ISIS-backed Twitter accounts within 48 hours. Governments have their own official channels to shut down terrorist social media accounts too, but doing so legally at such a large scale likely generates a tad more paperwork than can be processed in just two days.

It’s worth pausing for a moment to consider the point of all this. With deaths by terrorism steadily rising each year, does placing a new name on our already extant world order do anything to actually make us safer?

I argue that it does, because nation-states need a wake-up call: The world needs net-states in order to defeat the non-states. We’re not beating them on our own. To win information-era wars, countries need to recognize the power of the net-states, not as an ancillary locale of assembly in the cyberspace, but as critical entities wielding the kind of power and influence necessary to go toe-to-toe with non-state actors.

The world needs net-states, because they occupy the same territory as the non-states: the digital sphere. As such, they understand their norms and tactics far more than a land-war, Cold-War era strategist ever could. Major General Michael K. Nagata, commander of American special operations forces in the Middle East, circled this idea back in 2014, in a leaked confidential conversation about ISIS. He said, “We do not understand the movement, and until we do, we are not going to defeat it. We have not defeated the idea. We do not even understand the idea.”

Failure to understand the idea is part of why the US continues to be stuck in the war on terror. And the US is indeed stuck: Secretary of defense James Mattis confirmedthat in June, saying in a briefing to Congress, “We are not winning in Afghanistan,” His commanders have classified the 16 years of war a “stalemate.” And without the net-states, the war will likely continue to be one.

The US airstrikes acolytes by the thousands as if they were Old World beasts they can hunt to extinction. But deploying traditional military tactics in battles of belief are the equivalent of setting bear traps for ghosts: They’re not going to work. They’re not relying on the wrong weapons; they’re relying on the wrong worldview. And even purportedly innovative tactics, like government-generated counter-terrorism messaging, while logical in theory, relies on the same outdated perspective (see “Think Again Turn Away,” the State Department’s failed attempt at targeting ISIS Twitter accounts with direct rebuttals). It’s like hearing your parents tell you that drugs are bad. What we need are the cool kids to say it. We need the net-states to say it.

So, nation-states, adapt. And don’t just acknowledge net-states; work with them. Incorporate information-era savvy alongside military campaigns. The risk of not doing so is to lose the faith of the people. Worse, failure to adapt to the information age unwittingly nudges the population ever closer to “reject kings and voting”, to instead embrace “rough consensus and running code.” In other words, forget the anointed powers—put your faith in the general approval of the people and whoever’s actually getting things done. Honestly, when faced with the question of who gets the will of the people today, how many of us would really say “the United States” over “Google”?

In sum, the US can’t keep just shooting terrorists; ideas are the gun in this knife fight. And the keepers of ideas – the places people turn to set them free and watch them spread – are the net-states; not the nation-states. Nation-states ignore our non-state, net-state world order at all our peril.

 

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#AI New World Order In The Making?


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Hawk-eyed big brother is intensely watching the massive buildup of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) stage, which they of course very well would if they want to continue and preserve their control.

What better way to release their warning other than it comes from their own establishment – The United Nations

Artificial Intelligence Could Destabilize The world, UN Research Institute Warns

The unnerving as-hellfire warning from the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) comes in prior to the opening of Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in The Hague – UN’s first center focused on Artificial Intelligence and the conceivable dangers that could emerge from such advances. – ViralEXP

Imho, I can only assume that this was discussed at their recent closed door Bilderberg Meeting 2017 at Chantilly, Virginia and action plans were meted out on how to combat the nuisances coming from the “computer world” , which is posing a great threat to their controlling empires.

They are now facing a handful of technological problems, what with the impacts of Blockchain and cryptocurrency affecting their money control system. AI is following suit redefining everything that they have established in their control models.

IMF Head Foresees the End of Banking and the Triumph of Cryptocurrency

In a remarkably frank talk at a Bank of England conference, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund has speculated that Bitcoin and cryptocurrency have as much of a future as the Internet itself. It could displace central banks, conventional banking, and challenge the monopoly of national monies.

Christine Lagarde–a Paris native who has held her position at the IMF since 2011–says the only substantial problems with existing cryptocurrency are fixable over time. ~ FEE.Org

The only tool these scumbags have is FEAR, and it has been very successful against the people thus far and for so long it has successfully contained the slaves in the pen. It’s fear time once again (and again) and let’s turn AI into monstrous dangerous dinosaurs that will gorge humans into oblivion.

Be that as it may, a similar innovation has likewise raised plenty of legitimate, moral and societal concerns, some of which may even prove perilous for the prosperity and wellbeing of people – for example, mass unemployment or the ascent of autonomous ‘killer robots’. – Irakli Beridze, senior key counsel at UNICRI

What we’re seeing is the first attack of a series of forthcoming series of Anti-AI campaigns. With their filthy wealth and resources I see them as a formidable, desperate and bloody dangerous force. Most if not ALL the tech giants, NASA, Google, Amazon, Facebook and many more are theirs, and it will be the greatest battle fought on plane(t) Earth, albeit bloodless (I hope) as the tools are in digital form, which I will call The Battle of 01between the dark and light as the UN warning continues in the report:

To address these, the new UN office will be entrusted to study and anticipate Artificial Intelligence – related dangers.
Be that as it may, that is by all account not the only errand the new group will be delegated to perform.
Alongside potential dangers, they will likewise investigate the conceivable advantages from machine intelligence.
The guide worried on this point taking note of that the new center would likewise try to utilize Artificial Intelligence advances to help accomplish UN’s objectives.
“One of our most imperative assignments is to set up a network of specialists from business, information establishments, common society associations and governments,” he included.
“We positively would prefer not to argue for a boycott or a brake on advances. We will likewise investigate how new innovation can add to the reasonable advancement objectives of the UN. For this we need to begin solid tasks. We won’t be a talking club.”

I foresee a AI program is in their making, a program in the tune of AI New World Order, which will be distributed in various forms and applications into Internet of Things ( IoT).

The good people of the good side of the Tech industry, like Elon Musk and Satoshi Nakamoto need to be aware of this looming danger over them and the rest of humanity who depend on these good creative programmers and coders.

At least two of Silicon Valley’s tech billionaires are pouring money into efforts to break humans out of the simulation that they believe that it is living in, according to a new report.

This’ a good indication and could well be the last battle between good and evil.

May the Force be with you…


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