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« Reply #560 on: February 22, 2010, 04:35:11 am »
(This story is well over three years old, but has just been picked up by www.thisislondon.co.uk)

Britons 'could be microchipped like dogs in a decade'
Last updated at 00:22am on 30.10.06

February 21, 2010


Experts predict that humans could soon have ID chips implanted under the skin

Human beings may be forced to be 'microchipped' like pet dogs, a shocking official report into the rise of the Big Brother state has warned.

The microchips - which are implanted under the skin - allow the wearer's movements to be tracked and store personal information about them.

They could be used by companies who want to keep tabs on an employee's movements or by Governments who want a foolproof way of identifying their citizens - and storing information about them.

The prospect of 'chip-citizens' - with its terrifying echoes of George Orwell's 'Big Brother' police state in the book 1984 - was raised in an official report for Britain's Information Commissioner Richard Thomas into the spread of surveillance technology.

The report, drawn up by a team of respected academics, claims that Britain is a world-leader in the use of surveillance technology and its citizens the most spied-upon in the free world.

It paints a frightening picture of what Britain might be like in ten years time unless steps are taken to regulate the use of CCTV and other spy technologies.

The reports editors Dr David Murakami Wood, managing editor of the journal Surveillance and Society and Dr Kirstie Ball, an Open University lecturer in Organisation Studies, claim that by 2016 our almost every movement, purchase and communication could be monitored by a complex network of interlinking surveillance technologies.
The most contentious prediction is the spread in the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.

The RFID chips - which can be detected and read by radio waves - are already used in new UK passports and are also used the Oyster card system to access the London Transport network.

For the past six years European countries have been using RFID chips to identify pet animals.

Already used in America

However, its use in humans has already been trialled in America, where the chips were implanted in 70 mentally-ill elderly people in order to track their movements.

And earlier this year a security company in Ohio chipped two of its employees to allow them to enter a secure area. The glass-encased chips were planted in the recipients' upper right arms and 'read' by a device similar to a credit card reader.

In their Report on the Surveillance Society, the authors now warn: "The call for everyone to be implanted is now being seriously debated."

The authors also highlight the Government's huge enthusiasm for CCTV, pointing out that during the 1990s the Home Office spent 78 per cent of its crime prevention budget - a total of £500 million - on installing the cameras.

There are now 4.2 million CCTV cameras in Britain and the average Briton is caught on camera an astonishing 300 times every day.

This huge enthusiasm comes despite official Home Office statistics showing that CCTV cameras have 'little effect on crime levels'.

They write: "The surveillance society has come about us without us realising", adding: "Some of it is essential for providing the services we need: health, benefits, education. Some of it is more questionable. Some of it may be unjustified, intrusive and oppressive."

Yesterday Information Commissioner Richard Thomas, whose office is investigating the Post Office, HSBC, NatWest and the Royal Bank of Scotland over claims they dumped sensitive customer details in the street, said: "Many of these schemes are public sector driven, and the individual has no choice over whether or not to take part."

"People are being scrutinised and having their lives tracked, and are not even aware of it."

He has also voiced his concern about the consequences of companies, or Government agencies, building up too much personal information about someone.

He said: "It can stigmatise people. I have worries about technology being used to identify classes of people who present some kind of risk to society. And I think there are real anxieties about that."

Yesterday a spokesman for civil liberties campaigners Liberty said: "We have got nothing about these surveillance technologies in themselves, but it is their potential uses about which there are legitimate fears. Unless their uses are regulated properly, people really could find themselves living in a surveillance society.

"There is a rather scary underlying feeling that people may worry that these microchips are less about being a human being than becoming a barcoded product."

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Re: The Microchip Agenda
« Reply #561 on: February 22, 2010, 04:35:54 am »
Mandatory Pet chipping coming for European travelers
February 18, 2010 @ 9:24am by Colleen McColl



Traveling to Europe or within with your four legged friend? Well, European laws are about to require that all cats and dogs traveling to Europe, or within its boundaries, will be required to be microchipped.  After July 2011, even if you have your animal tattooed and you have the papers to match, your pet will still be required to have a microchip. This will be Europe’s new standard for identifying all pets traveling by air.

A microchip is about the size of a really long grain of rice, veterinarians implant these chips into all kinds of pets – even reptiles and birds can get microchipped, as well as cats and dogs. The chip carries a unique identifying number that is accessible from a database which shows the pets name, owners name and contact information.  AVID, a company among the largest sellers of microchips in the world, claims their microchips reunite as many as 1,400 lost pets each day.

According to a 2007 USDA report on the regulations of pet microchipping, about one quarter of European pets have been chipped, in comparison to the U.S. with only 5 percent, roughly 130 million dogs and cats.

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« Reply #562 on: February 23, 2010, 03:50:58 am »
November 20, 2009
Intel creates cyborg mind control chip
Brain waves to control computer functions
By Sharon Gaudin

By the year 2020, you won't need a keyboard and mouse to control your computer, say Intel researchers. Instead, users will open documents and surf the web using nothing more than their brain waves.

Scientists at Intel's research lab in Pittsburgh are working to find ways to read and harness human brain waves so they can be used to operate computers, television sets and cell phones. The brain waves would be harnessed with Intel-developed sensors implanted in people's brains.

The scientists say the plan is not a scene from a sci-fi movie, Big Brother won't be planting chips in your brain against your will. Researchers expect that consumers will want the freedom they will gain by using the implant.

"I think human beings are remarkable adaptive," said Andrew Chien, vice president of research and director of future technologies research at Intel Labs. "If you told people 20 years ago that they would be carrying computers all the time, they would have said, 'I don't want that. I don't need that.' Now you can't get them to stop. There are a lot of things that have to be done first but I think [implanting chips into human brains] is well within the scope of possibility."

Intel research scientist Dean Pomerleau said that users will soon tire of depending on a computer interface, and having to fish a device out of their pocket or bag to access it. He also predicted that users will tire of having to manipulate an interface with their fingers.

Instead, they'll simply manipulate their various devices with their brains.

"We're trying to prove you can do interesting things with brain waves," said Pomerleau. "Eventually people may be willing to be more committed ... to brain implants. Imagine being able to surf the web with the power of your thoughts."

To get to that point Pomerleau and his research teammates from Intel, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, are currently working on decoding human brain activity.

Pomerleau said the team has used Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI) machines to determine that blood flow changes in specific areas of the brain based on what word or image someone is thinking of. People tend to show the same brain patterns for similar thoughts, he added.

For instance, if two people think of the image of a bear or hear the word bear or even hear a bear growl, a neuroimage would show similar brain activity. Basically, there are standard patterns that show up in the brain for different words or images.

Pomerleau said researchers are close to gaining the ability to build brain sensing technology into a head set that culd be used to manipulate a computer. The next step is development of a tiny, far less cumbersome sensor that could be implanted inside the brain.

Such brain research isn't limited to Intel and its university partners.

Almost two years ago, scientists in the US and Japan announced that a monkey's brain was used to to control a humanoid robot. Miguel Nicolelis, a professor of neurobiology at Duke University and lead researcher on the project, said that researchers were hoping its work would help paralyzed people walk again.

And a month before that, a scientist at the University of Arizona reported that he had successfully built a robot that is guided by the brain and eyes of a moth. Charles Higgins, an associate professor at the university, predicted that in 10 to 15 years people will be using "hybrid" computers running a combination of technology and living organic tissue.

Today, Intel's Pomerleau said various research facilities are developing technologies to sense activity from inside the skull.

"If we can get to the point where we can accurately detect specific words, you could mentally type," he added. "You could compose characters or words by thinking about letters flashing on the screen or typing whole words rather than their individual characters."

Pomerleau also noted that the more scientists figure out about the brain, it will help them design better microprocessors. He said, "If we can see how the brain does it, then we could build smarter computers."

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Re: The Microchip Agenda
« Reply #563 on: February 23, 2010, 08:09:43 am »


Mr. Intel:

Will your wonderful new brain chip-for-cellphone-interface
include the latest NRO/DHS backdoor?


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Hackers expose security flaws with UK biometric passport
« Reply #564 on: February 23, 2010, 12:42:03 pm »
Hackers expose security flaws with 'Elvis Presley' passport

By Atika Shubert, CNN
February 23, 2010 -- Updated 1425 GMT (2225 HKT)

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http://edition.cnn.com/2010/TECH/02/19/passport.security/index.html
Hacking 'biometric passports'


    * Hackers allege self-serve computer passport scanners can be fooled
    * They say they hacked biometric passport with Elvis Presley details and it was cleared
    * Passport security in spotlight after the apparent use of false documents in Dubai killing
    * Hackers say international agreement is needed to tighten system

London, England (CNN) -- In the name of improved security a hacker showed how a biometric passport issued in the name of long-dead rock 'n' roll king Elvis Presley could be cleared through an automated passport scanning system being tested at an international airport.

Using a doctored passport at a self-serve passport machine, the hacker was cleared for travel after just a few seconds and a picture of the King himself appeared on the monitor's display.

Adam Laurie and Jeroen Van Beek, who call themselves "ethical hackers," say the exercise exposed how easy it is to fool a passport scanner with a fraudulent biometric chip.

The Presley test was carried out at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport in September 2008 -- by Laurie and Van Beek -- to highlight potential security shortcomings.

Passports, and the ability to fake them, are back in the spotlight after the apparent use of false documents during the gang assassination of a Hamas militant in Dubai in January.

Van Beek said: "What we did for that chip is create passport content for Elvis Presley and put it on a chip and sign it with our own key for a non-existent country. And a device that was used to read chips didn't check the country's signatures."

Fingerprint scans, eye scans and digital photographs are now frequently used with passports to check a traveler's biometrics -- unique physical characteristics that can identify a specific individual

Video: Hitmen didn't avoid cameras

In the current state, I think they [scanners] have actually made the borders weaker, not stronger.
--Adam Laurie, 'ethical hacker'


Biometric passports -- with data stored on embedded chip -- are now standard issue in Europe, the U.S. and a number of other countries.

Laurie and Van Beek use their knowledge of IT security and hacking to show that biometric passports remain vulnerable to fraud.

"I think [fraud] is 100 percent possible," said Laurie. "The passport bit is the more difficult. You would have to buy one from a professional forger or some means, but adding the chip is something we could do ourselves using off the shelf equipment using $100 investment."

The problem, in part, is that each country has its own security signature for verifying its own biometric passports. While some share that information, many countries do not, making it easy to exploit the loopholes, said Laurie.

"I probably couldn't produce a fake UK passport that would successfully cross into the UK because I'm sure the UK is actually able to check its own signatures," Laurie said.

"But I may be able to produce a passport from some other country and use it on an automated system to enter the UK and the UK wouldn't be able to check the signatures because they don't have them."

An international system coordinating the various security signatures is needed, said Van Beek.

"If you want to make the system more secure then all countries need to have access to a list of all certificates of all countries all over the world. If that's in place, if that list is used by all countries and all inspection systems, that might help to detect non-genuine documents and non-genuine chips," said Van Beek.

"But if that system is not there, it's really difficult to increase the security level with the technology that's currently used. So, implementing a central security system with all lists from around the world, that's something that needs to be done before you can trust the system," he added.

Most countries rely on a combination of automated passport scanning by computers and border control officers. But Laurie and Van Beek fear an over-reliance on the automated scanning.

"If they [the scanners] are checking a facial image, they look at the picture of the person standing there. They check it against the data stored on the chip and if they match and that person isn't on a stop list, then they let you through," explained Laurie. "In the current state, I think they've actually made the borders weaker, not stronger."

But Britain's Home Office maintains that its biometric passports are some of the most secure in the world.

"We remain confident that the British passport is one of the most secure documents of its kind -- fully meeting rigorous international standards," said a Home Office spokesperson.

"Since 2006 biometric passports issued by the British government biometrically link an individual to their passport through their photograph contained in an electronic chip.

"Even if an individual's photograph on the document is changed the photograph in the chip cannot be without border control officers becoming aware that the passport chip has been tampered with."

But Laurie and Van Beek insist that confidence in technology could be misplaced, because biometric passports can be faked, with pictures and chips that match.

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/TECH/02/19/passport.security/index.html


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Re: The Microchip Agenda
« Reply #565 on: February 26, 2010, 05:05:46 am »


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Re: The Microchip Agenda
« Reply #566 on: February 26, 2010, 05:34:51 am »
Scrapheap Transhumanism
DIY RFID
Written By: Lepht Anonym
Date Published: February 11, 2010 | View more articles in: Enhanced



I’m sort of inured to pain by this point. Anesthetic is illegal for people like me, so we learn to live without it; I’ve made scalpel incisions in my hands, pushed five-millimeter diameter needles through my skin, and once used a vegetable knife to carve a cavity into the tip of my index finger. I’m an idiot, but I’m an idiot working in the name of progress: I’m Lepht Anonym, scrapheap transhumanist. I work with what I can get.

Sadly, they don’t do it like that on TV. The art of improving the human is shiny and bright in the media. You see million-euro cryogenics policies and hormonal life-extension regimes that only the elite can afford. You see the hypothesis of an immortal silicon body to house your artificially-enhanced mind. You could buy that too, maybe, if you sold most of your organic body and the home it lives in. But you can do something to bring it down a notch: homebrewing.

My first foray was into RFID (radio frequency identification) following Amal Graafstra. He’s famous for having his doctor implant him with a passive ID ampoule. After one visit to an outraged state GP here in Scotland (“I wouldn’t do it even if I could, and I have no idea why you want to do it!”), I was fairly certain I’d been born in the wrong country for that — here, doctors would be struck off the records for helping me. I was on my own.

Luckily, I’m far too stupid to be stopped by bureaucracy. I bought my first Swann-Morton scalpel online, scrubbed the cleanest bathroom we could get with household bleach, settled myself cross-legged over the bathtub with my spotter, and poised the blade over the Biro-ink line I’d drawn for guidance. For a few minutes, I doubted whether I’d even be able to do it — cutting yourself open is not something we’re adapted to be good at. Contemplating St. Gibson, I took the plunge.



It took a few weeks to heal, and when it did, with some help from my local gurus I was able to program a cheap open-source Phidgets RFID reader to recognise the chip’s hexadecimal ID. The piece of C code that did it resided on a Linux machine and ran in the background while the reader was connected, waiting for my chip to show up. In short, it could see me and print a little “hi” when it did. That’s just garbage programming, too — you can see the potential if it was given to a real coder. The chip works with any homebrew RFID project: Graafstra’s RFID keyboard, for instance, grants or revokes access to my XP box based on whether the user is lepht or not. You want a laptop tracking system? A door that only lets you in? A safe that won’t allow keypad input if you’re not next to it? All you need is an ampoule (you get five for a euro, the last time I checked), from any RFID hobby place, a cheap reader, and a touch of disregard for risks. Salvage a keyboard from your local dump and you’ve got a simple system for bioidentification.

RFID chips work on passive power. Readers take power from a USB to generate magnetic fields. The chips contain copper coils to convert the magnetic field back into an electric one that they can use as their power source. After the RFID op, I acquired another implant that works with EM fields, the neodymium-60 nodule pioneered by Steve Haworth.

The implants sit in various places under my skin: middle fingertips of my left hand, back of the right hand, right forearm — tiny magnets, five or six millimeters across, coated in gold and then in silicon to isolate the delicate metal from the destructive environment of your body. They’re something of an investment at about thirty euros apiece, and hard to get hold of, but worth pursuing. When implanted, they become technological sensory organs.



There’s an entire world of electromagnetic radiation out there, invisible to most. Our cities are saturated with it. A radio, for instance, gives off a field that’s bigger than the device itself. So do power supplies and wires in the walls. The implants pick up on the fields, and because they’re magnets, they fizz with gentle electricity, telling you this hard drive is currently active, that one is turned off, there’s the main line in the wall. Holding a mobile phone, you can feel the signals it sends and receives. You know it’s ringing before it starts to play any sounds, and when you answer it, you stick the touchscreen stylus to the back of your hand to hold it, then to your finger to type.

After a while, you don’t notice anything novel about this at all. Building computers, you pick up screws that have fallen down into the motherboard with one fingertip and stick them on the back of your wrist for safekeeping. You know not to touch the board when it’s powered, because your hands can “see” whether it is or not, just like you can see whether the hard drives being tested on the machine next to it are actually being written to or not. It’s just like any other sense, except that this one can be given to you for the price of a node, a needle and a bottle of antiseptic. A new way of seeing the world, all for about fifty euros. There’s nothing stopping you except your own sense of self-preservation. I say all this not to show off, but to invite more people in. I dream of seeing more body-tweakers around who are into these things. I know there are people out there who could open up home modification like we’ve never dreamed.

Watching commercials for vitamin pills on TV and thinking you need a mad scientist’s lab to be a transhumanist? You don’t. I’ve got no money, talent or backing. You just need curiosity and the willingness to withstand some pain. Risk, not money, is our obstacle. Is it yours? Are you reading this magazine right now? Do you think like that? What could we achieve together?

Lepht Anonym is the Silver City’s pseudo-anonymous biohacker, famous only in Aberdonian emergency rooms. It Lives for transhumanism. You can contact it at lepht@trioptimum.com.

See Also

- Skin Phone
- Cyborgian Filmmaker Rob Spence
- My New Sense Organ

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Re: The Microchip Agenda
« Reply #567 on: February 26, 2010, 06:31:32 am »
The Transhumanist and Police State Agenda in Pop Music
Feb 22nd, 2010 | By Vigilant | Category: Vigilant Reports

Today’s pop music is filled with symbols and messages aimed to shape and mold today’s youth. Apart from the occult symbolism discussed in other articles, other parts of the elite’s agenda are communicated through music videos. Two of those parts are transhumanism and the introduction of a police state. We’ll look at the way those agendas are part of the acts of Rihanna, Beyonce, Daddy Yankee and the Black Eyed Peas.



As seen in previous articles on this site, the world’s biggest stars exploit common themes in their work,  permeating popular culture with a set of symbols and values. The cohesiveness of the message that is communicated to the masses,  regardless of the artists’  musical genre, attests to the influence of a “higher power” over the industry. Other articles on this site have explored the way Illuminati symbolism, based on secret society occultism, has been reflected in popular videos. Exposing and desensitizing the world to the elite’s sacred symbols is, however, only one aspect of their agenda. Other aspects of Illuminati control are reflected in today’s popular music as well, including: mass mind control, transhumanism (the “robotization” of the human body) and the gradual introduction of a virtual police state. Through the news, movies and the music industry, this agenda is being insidiously presented to the masses, using various techniques. If the news scares people into accepting measures diminishing their personal freedoms and ushering in a “new era”, the music business accomplishes the same job by making it seem sexy, cool and trendy. This angle is mainly aimed at the younger crowd, which is much more susceptible to “take in” the industry’s message.

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If you’ve never heard of transhumanism or martial law, I suggest you visit the “Educate Yourself” section first, as I will only provide a very summary explanation of each concept here.

Transhumanism

Image from humanityplus.org

“Transhumanism is an international intellectual and cultural movement supporting the use of science and technology to improve human mental and physical characteristics and capacities. The movement regards aspects of the human condition, such as disability, suffering, disease, aging, and involuntary death as unnecessary and undesirable. Transhumanists look to biotechnologies and other emerging technologies for these purposes. Dangers, as well as benefits, are also of concern to the transhumanist movement.

The term “transhumanism” is symbolized by H+ or h+ and is often used as a synonym for “human enhancement”. Although the first known use of the term dates from 1957, the contemporary meaning is a product of the 1980s when futurists in the United States began to organize what has since grown into the transhumanist movement. Transhumanist thinkers predict that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into beings with such greatly expanded abilities as to merit the label “posthuman”. Transhumanism is therefore sometimes referred to as “posthumanism” or a form of transformational activism influenced by posthumanist ideals.

The transhumanist vision of a transformed future humanity has attracted many supporters and detractors from a wide range of perspectives. Transhumanism has been described by one critic, Francis Fukuyama, as the world’s most dangerous idea,while one proponent, Ronald Bailey, counters that it is the “movement that epitomizes the most daring, courageous, imaginative, and idealistic aspirations of humanity”.


What is almost never mentioned is the fact that those technological “improvements” will be out of reach for the average man. The huge price tags of those scientific discoveries will render them only accessible to a select elite. While the common man is forced to seek nourishment in genetically modified, chemically altered and even poisonous foods, the elite is trying to achieve immortality through science. Even if the masses cannot have access to those discoveries, mass media makes transhumanism cool, desirable and, ultimately, acceptable.


Cover of H+, a transhumanist magazine. The headline says it all.

Police State

George W. Bush’s Patriot Act has enabled the American government to expand surveillance of its citizens, whether it be phone calls, e-mails and physical movements. It also gave the government almost unlimited powers of arrest, detention, search and seizure. Donald E. Wilkes, Professor of Law at the University of Georgia School of Law describes this last concept:

“I want to examine here a single section of the USA Patriot Act–section 213, definitely one of the most sinister provisions of this monstrous statute.

In euphemistic language that conceals the provision’s momentous significance, section 213 states that with regard to federal search warrants “any notice required … to be given may be delayed if … [1]the court finds reasonable cause to believe that providing immediate notification of the execution of the warrant may have an adverse result …; [2] the warrant prohibits the seizure of any tangible property …  except where the court finds reasonable necessity for the seizure; and [3] the warrant provides for the giving of such notice within a reasonable period of its execution, which period may thereafter be extended by the court for good cause shown.”

Section 213 may be couched in Orwellian terminology, but there is no doubt about what it does.

Section 213 is the first statute ever enacted in the history of American criminal procedure to specifically authorize an entirely new form of search warrant-what legal scholars call the sneak and peek warrant (also dubbed the covert entry warrant or the surreptitious entry warrant).  A sneak and peek search warrant authorizes police to effect physical entry into private premises without the owner’s or the occupant’s permission or knowledge to conduct a search; generally, such entry requires a breaking and entering.”

- Donald E. Wilkes, Flagpole Magazine Sept 2002.

Subsequent acts have further diminished civil liberties of citizens by enabling the government to declare any American a “terrorist” with little to no proof. The government can also declare martial law with little or no valid reason.

“The John W. Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2006, “named for the longtime Armed Services Committee chairman from Virginia,” was signed October 17, 2006, by President George W. Bush. The Act “has a provocative provision called ‘Use of the Armed Forces in Major Public Emergencies’,” the thrust of which “seems to be about giving the federal government a far stronger hand in coordinating responses to [Hurricane] Katrina-like disasters,” Jeff Stein, CQ National Security Editor wrote December 1, 2006.

“But on closer inspection, its language also alters the two-centuries-old Insurrection Act, which Congress passed in 1807 to limit the president’s power to deploy troops within the United States … ‘to suppress, in a State, any insurrection, domestic violence, unlawful combination, or conspiracy’,” Stein wrote.

“But the amended law takes the cuffs off” and “critics say it’s a formula for executive branch mischief,” Stein wrote, as “the new language adds ‘natural disaster, epidemic, or other serious public health emergency, terrorist attack or incident’ to the list of conditions permitting the President to take over local authority — particularly ‘if domestic violence has occurred to such an extent that the constituted authorities of the State or possession are incapable of maintaining public order.’”

“One of the few to complain, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., warned that the measure virtually invites the White House to declare federal martial law. … It ’subverts solid, longstanding posse comitatus statutes that limit the military’s involvement in law enforcement, thereby making it easier for the President to declare martial law,’ he said in remarks submitted to the Congressional Record on Sept. 29.”

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We’ll see how those concepts are cleverly inserted into pop music in order to create specific climate in the collective consciousness.

Rihanna’s Hard and AMA Performance

Previous articles on this site looked at the occult or mind-control related symbolism found in Umbrella, Disturbia and Russian Roulette. Fully embodying Illuminati agenda, Rihanna’s Hard incorporates the military/police state element.

Rihanna - Hard ft. Jeezy (4mins 11s)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xcwd_Nz6Zog

In hip-hop slang, the term “hard”  usually refers to someone who is street-savvy, gritty, rebellious and who is decisively “not down with police”. Hard transposes this term to a military context. Her militaristic video features a gang of uniformed men dancing under the orders of “General Rihanna”. We’ve come a long way from Public Enemy’s Fight the Power…it is now Submit to the Power.  All of this military/dictatorial imagery is mixed with Rihanna’s sexy moves and outfits, appealing to the masses’ basest instinct: sex. This generates in the viewer an unconscious positive response to this otherwise terrible backdrop. I mean, who likes to be in a war zone? Not people who have experienced it, that’s for damn sure.


Ummm, I don’t really relate to all of this.

How come guns were always censored from music videos (especially rap) until very recently? Is it only acceptable when they are used to promote war and a police state?


In this symbolic image, Rihanna’s Mickey Mouse hat represents Mind Control. She is sitting on the phallic symbol that is the tank’s cannon. In other words, she is a pawn of the Illuminati agenda.

Her performance in the 2009 American Music Awards also contains a great deal of noteworthy elements. The intro video is a disturbing display of dehumanization and  Mind Control lead by a “shadow government”. Rihanna is a cyborg being programmed by the insertion of a microchip inside of her (RFID anyone?). Notice the shadowy appearance of those performing the surgery.

Rihanna Performs "Wait Your Turn & Hard" @ AMA! (4mins 9s)
http://www.hollyhoodhdtv.com/video/video/show?id=2281878%3AVideo%3A27036

During her performance she is surrounded by dancers wearing riot gear helmets and totting shotguns around.

At the end of the song Hard, Rihanna chants “Where the bloggers at? Where the bloggers at?

I’m right here.

Beyonce’s Grammy Performance

Beyonce’s Grammy Performance (5mins 54s)
http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/e/16711680/wshhQQB2hvO8m3eWT5BW

Beyonce walks on stage with a bunch of men dressed in riot gear… the type of unit a police state would use to repress opposition during popular turmoil. What are they doing in Beyonce’s performance? Contributing to permeate popular culture with police-state imagery.



Is the American public being mentally prepared for martial law? But that’s impossible, Beyonce is such a good girl … oh wait.



Daddy Yankee’s Performance at Premio Lo Nuestro 2010

Reggaeton superstar Daddy Yankee has likely been chosen to promote the Agenda to the Latino community. His performance at the Premio Lo Nuestro awards in Miami is simply a perfect Illuminati fit. At the beginning the performance, a picture of Daddy Yankee standing under a Masonic compass is displayed.


Daddy Yankee under a Masonic compass

Daddy Yankee’s is surrounded by dancers looking like robotic cyber-police/soldiers. The name of his new single is Descontrol, which means “lose control”. Interesting.





By the way, here is the logo of Premios Lo Nuestro awards.


How many sixes do you see?

The Black Eyed Peas’ Imma Be Rocking that Body

This long video is all about the merger of humans and robots, which is, as seen above, the ultimate goal of transhumanism. It starts with Fergie saying “we are not robots!” … only to see her become a half-robot shooting a gun that causes an irresistible need to breakdance.

Black Eyed Peas - Imma Be Rocking That Body (10mins 21s)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUFsQ5lTo6g

Will.I.Am starts his verse by saying “Imma be the upgraded new negro”, which pretty much sums up the transhumanist philosophy.


The upgraded new Will.I.Am and friends?

At the end of the video, Fergie wakes up from her “dream”. It sure was cool when she was a robot, wasn’t it?

In Conclusion

Articles on this site have mainly focused on the occult symbols found in music videos. There are, however, other aspects of the Illuminati agenda that are present in popular culture. Transhumanism and the establishment of a virtual police state are two objectives that are slowly but surely being implemented with little to no public debate. Movies, video games and the music industry are doing the job of leading the masses’ collective consciousness towards a new era by saturating the airwaves with those concepts. The “robot agenda”, as some observers call it, has been an intricate part of the music industry for years now and examples of it are way too many to enumerate. The theme of the “upgraded human” due to his robotization has been exploited by most of today’s international stars. There is a difference between a trend and an agenda.

The “police state” element found in video and performances is relatively new but equally, if not more, disturbing. Music has always been a healing, liberating and emancipating medium. Looking at the music industry’s products of the last years, is there a possibility of it being hijacked by an ever-intrusive elite? Think about who owns the record companies.

Related Posts:

- The 2009 VMAs: The Occult Mega-Ritual
- The Esoteric Interpretation of The Black Eyed Peas’ “Meet Me Halfway”
- Rihanna’s “Russian Roulette” or What’s Wrong with the Entertainment Industry
- Beyonce’s Sweet Dreams – Occult Mind Control
- Rihanna’s Disturbia: A Song about Being Possessed by Evil

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Re: The Microchip Agenda
« Reply #568 on: March 01, 2010, 01:18:20 pm »
It's worth remembering that the Tavistock Institute was instrumental in creating opinion polls.  The primary purpose of an opinion poll is not to find out who thinks what about subjects x and y.  The real purpose is to make people think a certain way about subject x and y by telling us how many people agree with that way of thinking.  And we only have their word for the numbers given.

If everybody thought for themselves and didn't follow the crowd, polls would not exist.  But unfortunately, most people are followers, so polls do exist and they do manipulate how people think they think about a certain topic.

At this point it looks good for the anti-chips-pro-freedom philosophy, but you can be sure that future polls will be made to show a shift in opinion, implying that if you don't change your opinion you're unfashionable, uncool, etc.

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One in four Germans wants microchip under skin: poll
By Agence France-Presse
Monday, March 1st, 2010 -- 10:58 am



HANOVER, Germany -- It sounds like something from a sci-fi film, but one in four Germans would be happy to have a microchip implanted in their body if they derived concrete benefits from it, a poll Monday showed.

The survey, by German IT industry lobby group BITKOM, was intended to show how the division between real life and the virtual world is increasingly coming down, one of the main themes of the CeBIT trade fair that kicks off Tuesday.

In all, 23 percent of around 1,000 respondents in the survey said they would be prepared to have a chip inserted under their skin "for certain benefits."

Around one in six (16 percent) said they would wear an implant to allow emergency services to rescue them more quickly in the event of a fire or accident.

And five percent of people said they would be prepared to have an implant to make their shopping go more smoothly.

But 72 percent said they would not "under any circumstances" allow electronics in their body.

The results appeared to surprise even the high-tech sector.

"This is of course an extreme example of how far people can imagine networks going," said BITKOM chief August-Wilhelm Scheer.

The CeBIT, the world's biggest high-tech fair, throws its doors open to the public on Tuesday, with Spain, the current EU president, this year's guest of honour.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero were due to speak later Monday in an official opening ceremony before touring the exhibition early Tuesday.

A total of 4,157 firms from 68 countries are to unveil their latest gadgets, a decline of three percent on last year as many high-tech firms stay away amid strong competition from other events.

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« Reply #569 on: March 01, 2010, 02:44:33 pm »
An IT industry lobby group took a pole of people attending an IT trade show? Seriously? Talk about a stacked group sampling! That poll is laughable. Polling the very people that are involved in setting up and running the whole chip system. Amazing.
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« Reply #570 on: March 02, 2010, 06:35:13 am »
Stanford Report, February 25, 2010
Can avatars change the way we think and act?
Experiences in virtual worlds such as video games and online communities can influence our behavior in the real world, says Stanford researcher Jesse Fox. Avatars can change the way we exercise or eat, or the way we view women.

BY CHRISTINE BLACKMAN

Your Avatar Can Influence Real-World Behavior (1min 58s)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuOphOwjIDM
Jesse Fox, a doctoral candidate in communications, works on a study where avatars become a new element in communication with the self.

If you saw a digital image of yourself running on a virtual treadmill, would you feel like going to the gym? Probably so, according to a Stanford study showing that personalized avatars can motivate people to exercise and eat right.

Moreover, you are more likely to imitate the behavior of an avatar in real life if it looks like you, said Jesse Fox, a doctoral candidate in the Communication Department and a researcher at the Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab. In her study, she used digital photographs of participants to create personalized avatar bodies, a service some game companies offer today.

To escape to the virtual realm, you simply slip on a helmet with screens attached in front of the eyes. You are instantly immersed in a digital room and fully surrounded by a new world, as if you are inside a video game. Cameras in the lab track an infrared light on your helmet so that images on the screen move with your head.

Participants respond to avatars that look like them

In Fox's first test, some participants put on the helmet and saw their avatar running on a treadmill. Others saw themselves loitering in the virtual room or saw a running avatar they didn't recognize.


Researchers found that study participants who saw their own avatars running were more likely to exercise after they left the lab than participants who saw someone else's avatar exercising or saw themselves hanging out in a virtual room.

Fox contacted participants a day after the study and found that the people who saw their own avatar running were more likely to exercise (after they left the lab) than the people who saw someone else running or saw themselves just hanging out in the virtual room. In fact, those who watched themselves running were motivated to exercise, on average, a full hour more than the others. They ran, played soccer or worked out at the gym.

"They had imitated their avatar's behavior," Fox said.

In another test, some participants ran in place while watching their avatars become thinner, other participants stood still and watched their avatars become heavier, and others saw an unfamiliar avatar either slim or fatten. Participants who had witnessed their own avatar change – whether becoming thinner or heavier – exercised significantly more than those who had seen an unfamiliar avatar.

Seeing their face on an avatar was the driving factor. "If they saw a person they didn't know, they weren't motivated to exercise. But if they saw themselves, they exercised significantly more," she said.

Participants also responded to personalized avatars whose bodies slimmed as they ate carrots or grew heavier as they ate candy. Male participants mimicked the avatar and ate more candy, but because of the gender differences associated with eating, female participants ate less candy.

Fox thinks personalized avatars could be used to motivate healthy behavior. For example, someone on a long-term weight loss schedule could pull out his or her cell phone and track progress by watching the avatar body slim down onscreen.


A study showed that an avatar's dress influenced attitudes and views toward women, including rape myth acceptance.

Female avatars change participants' view of women

In a separate study, Fox tested the influence of avatars on attitudes and views toward women. She showed participants two types of female avatars: a suggestively dressed woman in revealing clothing and a conservatively dressed woman in blue jeans and a jacket. Both types of avatars demonstrated either dominant behavior such as staring at the participant or submissive behavior such as staring at the floor and cowering.

Both male and female participants exposed to the suggestive avatar showed higher rape myth acceptance when answering a questionnaire afterward. This is the view that women deserve to be raped if, for example, they wear suggestive clothing or are out alone at night. These participants were also more likely to agree with statements such as "women seek to gain power by getting control over men" and "women are too easily offended." Even when Fox ran a similar test with women whose own faces appeared on the sexualized avatars, participants still showed higher rape myth acceptance.

Video games almost always portray women in a stereotypical manner, Fox said. "If all it takes is five minutes of exposure in an immersive virtual world to one character, we really have to ask ourselves about exposures and interactions in video games like Grand Theft Auto," Fox said. The female characters in Grand Theft Auto are often scantily clad victims of violence.

On the other hand, the influences of body image in the virtual world may also help women. For example, an anorexic woman with a poor self-image might embody a healthy-looking avatar. She might become comfortable in her new body as she interacts with others in the virtual world and experiences acceptance and approval. Learning the benefits of being healthy may motivate her to adopt a healthy diet or seek help in real life.

After studying the influence of avatars, Fox is sure about one thing: the need for media literacy. "The bottom line is that we have to have more education in society, particularly showing students stereotypes that exist in media and why they exist."

Fox's research was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Christine Blackman is a science-writing intern at the Stanford News Service.

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Videos: FREEMASONS "CHIP" KIDS AT LOCAL FAIR - Actual Footage & Testimony! - RFID Government Computer Chip & VERI Chip
Tue, 03/02/2010 - 00:16 — Arthur Cristian

OMG, It's happening openly now - for those that know - pass it on to those who don't..... we need to let people now not to allow this to be injected into their kids here before it starts!!!

FREEMASONS "CHIP" KIDS AT LOCAL FAIR!!!! - 9 Minutes 32 Seconds - Freemasons "CHIP" children in Flint, Michigan. Actual footage, and testimony!!!!! YOU MUST WATCH THIS!!!

**ALERT** FREEMASONS "CHIP" KIDS AT LOCAL FAIR!!!! (9mins 33s)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7octwsoi4HM

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See also:

Jan 18, 2007 Alan Watt Blurb
"Masons, Microchips and the Battle for the Mind" - mp3 - transcript
Jan 19, 2007 Alan Watt Mini Blurb
"Mason's Microchip" - mp3 - transcript

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Gillard flags national ID scheme for schoolchildren

24th February 2010 - ABC News Australia

The Federal Government plans to assign every schoolchild an individual identity number to track their academic progress.

Education Minister Julia Gillard is expected to unveil the plan in a speech at the National Press Club today.

Ms Gillard says the program will allow parents to monitor their children's development, even if they move schools.

She says the Government will ensure privacy is protected.

"If we have a way of tracking we can obviously have better measures of how schools are going in developing student performance," she said.

"And then for individual parents it obviously would be of assistance to be able to track the records of a child's schooling."

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says he has doubts about the plan.

"I think that people have names and I think that it ought to be possible to identify people's performance based on their names, based on who they are," he said.

Read 92 Comments: Gillard flags national ID scheme for schoolchildren

RFID VERICHIP COMMERCIAL - STILL THINK IT'S NOT REAL? - 59 Seconds
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RKog5dMlxA

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All Hail To The Government Computer Chip
1st March 2010

ABC NEWS, Channel 7 is now promoting in the news that people should consider the advantages of acquiring a sixteen digit computer chip implanted within their right arm. While this two minute news article does not display the placing of the computer chip in the right hand or in the forehead as set forth in the Bible, “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name,” Revelation 13:16, 17, they do display the placing of the computer chip in one’s right arm.

Interesting is the comment of Anchor Woman Diane Williams at the end of this report in which she says that everyone should one day get one of these.

U HAVE 2 C THIS! Obamas New World Order And The RFID Chip (2mins 10s)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq3vtjXEGy8

For more information on the Bigger picture SUBSCRIBE (please) to my page and watch all of my videos. Get Informed, Be Active! These videos clearly portray the mainstream media wittily selecting the most positive benefit of the RFID chip to mesmerize the masses with. This is 100% entirely false. It is very well known in science that your body is basically a biological computer. The RFID Chip will be the data base. Your every move you make, breathe you take or thought you have will be followed by their national database. Have you ever heard of tapping phones? Well, we all submissively agreed that we would allow that for our safety and now they want us to allow this?? Pretty soon you will not be able to buy or sell without this chip. Its time to start looking at the biblical prophesies with an open mind my friends. For Further information, and there is a lot, but the evidence is enough to convince anyone I can assure you, please contact me at Kanda173 @ yahoo.com thank you and show as many of your family members, neighbors and friends my videos and visit verichip.com to explain to your loved ones that this is only a form of ultimate control, and ultimately the final stage to their deadly plan.

See Also: Welcome The Apocalypse - Mandatory Swine Flu Vaccinations Have Commenced - Civilisations Of Commerce Are Apocalyptic By Design: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6846

The Georgia Guidestones - Another Gateway Into The New World Order/New Civilisation Enclosure For The Sheeple by Arthur Cristian: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/5958

Forgetful Patients To Be Fitted With Microchips To Remind Them To Take Their Pills by Ryan Kisiel 22nd Sept 2009 Mail On Line: VACCINE MANUFACTURERS 'PIONEERING' MICRO-CHIPPING OF HUMANS: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6898

Great Pyramid Of Sydney - M5/M7 Interchange Connects Sydney With NWO Playground & Head Office Of Southern Highlands & Canberra - By Arthur & Fiona Cristian - Love For Life - 24th October 2009:
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/7025

The Wars Between Us Or The War Against Us? By Arthur & Fiona Cristian - Love For Life - 7th September 2009 - Top-Secret Spy Plane Was Used In The Hunt For Missing State Government Minister Tim Holding - ABC News 2nd September 2009:
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6822

Invasion Of Australia And New Zealand? by Arthur & Fiona Cristian - Love For Life - 30th November 2009:
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/7040

Australian Satanism - Australia’s Global Satanic Legacy And Future (Part 1 to 3) By Frater 616 - Alpha Lodges Do Exist - 2nd January 2010:
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/7103
and
SATANISM IS REAL AND IT RUNS THE WORLD by David Icke - David Icke Newsletter Preview - 17th January 2010:
http://loveforlife.com.au/node/7118

And Find other articles here: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/3385 and here: New World Order - NWO = OWN The Planet + Microchiped Population + Police State & Fema Camps Internment & Detention Camps: http://loveforlife.com.au/node/3060

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Re: The Microchip Agenda
« Reply #572 on: March 09, 2010, 08:20:43 am »
'THE VERICHIP' (2mins 51s)
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http://www.snarkrocket.com/studio/verichip/

WeThePeopleWillNotBeChipped.com
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Now He's a Cartoon: Microchip Implant CEO's PR Troubles Go From Bad to Worse

By Jim Edwards | Mar 11, 2010

In yet another sign that medical microchip implant company PositiveID (PSID) has the worst PR managers in healthcare, a cartoon YouTube video is making the rounds skewering CEO Scott Silverman (video below).

The company earns almost universally negative headlines for its business, and largely refuses to address them. It turns down interviews with outlets — such as BNET — that have offered to let the company rebut the bizarre rumors that surround it (such as that PositiveID is a tool of the antichrist). It relies instead on publishing press releases that speak largely to its investors.

Four days ago, a YouTube video popped up in which an animated version of Silverman, accompanied by “Mr. Tinkles, the monkey that lives in my pants,” describes how his company would “never, ever, ever, ever, never” take money from a foreign corporation to inject Americans with microchips so they can be tracked. The punchline: He’ll set up a sister company to do that. Ba-dum-bump!

PositiveID, formerly VeriChip, has attracted negative headlines because it markets the Health Link implantable chip (pictured), which links patients to their online medical records — a move that some regard as a slippery slope for privacy invasions.

The video comes from the producers of WeThePeopleWillNotBeChipped.com, a web site that espouses the belief that all Americans will end up being implanted if they don’t do something about it. It’s professionally executed but amateurishly scripted — there are at least two poop jokes in it — and it’s getting about 1,000 views a day. It begins with Silverman looking out of his office window through a telescope: “I’m spying on you!” he says, before addressing the camera and explaining how the chip works:

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It’s a microchip that’s injected into people in order to track … er … help them.

… the doctor will be able to scan your medical records from the chip in your body, you know, in case the doctor is totally incompetent and can’t get copies the regular way.

It ends with a warning that if you don’t want to be chipped:

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Don’t get sick, don’t pass out at a party!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFzhHeatRA0

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Related:

Microchip Implants Spur “Mark of the Beast” Bans in 2 States
Positive ID Seeks Diabetic Guinea Pigs for Chip Implant Study
Conservatives Spread Rumor That Healthcare Reform Mandates Microchip Implants
PositiveID Deal Advances Use of Microchip Implants in Florida Health System
VeriChip Buys Steel Vault, Creating Micro-Implant Health Record/Credit Score Empire
VeriChip TV Ad Confirms Critics’ Worst fears: They Want Everyone Implanted
Microchip Implant Controversy: a Mark of the Beast or the Coming “Singularity”?
Microchip Implant to Link Your Health Records, Credit History, Social Security

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Re: The Microchip Agenda
« Reply #573 on: March 09, 2010, 05:20:14 pm »
A biometric id card for workers is proposed in the immigration bill.
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« Reply #574 on: March 25, 2010, 09:02:35 am »
CHIPPED PETS DEVELOP FAST-GROWING, LETHAL TUMORS
Owners, Medical Reports Point to Link Between RFID Chips and Cancers in Canines



Highly aggressive tumors developed around the microchip implants of two American dogs, killing one of the pets and leaving the other terminally ill. Their owners --- and pathology and autopsy reports --- have suggested a link between the chips and the formation of the fast-growing cancers.

In the town of Paeonian Springs, Va., a five-year-old male Bullmastiff named Seamus died in February, nine months after developing a "hemangio-sarcoma" --- a rare, malignant form of cancer that strikes connective tissues and can kill even humans in three to six months. The tumor appeared last May between the dog's shoulder blades where a microchip had been implanted; by September, a "large mass" had grown with the potential to spread to the lungs, liver and spleen, according a pathology report from the Blue Ridge Veterinary Clinic in Purcellville, Va.

Originally scheduled to receive just a biopsy, Seamus underwent emergency surgery. A foot-long incision was opened to extract the 4-pound-3-ounce tumor, and four drains were needed to remove fluid where the tumor had developed.

When Howard Gillis, the dog's owner, picked up his pet the following day, the attending veterinarian stunned him with this question: Did you know your dog had been microchipped twice, and that both chips were in or around the tumor?

"While we knew of one chip, which we had put in him at a free local county clinic, we knew nothing of a second chip," Gillis said. "We believe one of them was put in Seamus by the breeder from whom we bought him when he was about nine months old."

By December, the cancer was back --- and the energetic, playful 150-pound dog was huffing and puffing, struggling to walk. Seamus "was 150 pounds of heart," Gillis said in a recent interview. "He wanted to live."

Gillis said he "got the microchip because I didn't want him stolen. I thought I was doing right. There were never any warnings about what a microchip could do, but I saw it first-hand. That cancer was something I could see growing every day, and I could see it taking his life ... It just ate him up." To keep his beloved dog from suffering further, he had him put to sleep two months later.



In Memphis, a five-year-old Yorkshire Terrier named Scotty was diagnosed with cancer at the Cloverleaf Animal Clinic in December. A tumor between the dog's shoulder blades --- precisely where a microchip had been embedded --- was described as malignant lymphoma. A tumor the size of a small balloon was removed; encased in it was a microchip.

Scotty was given no more than a year to live.

But the dog's owner, Linda Hawkins, wasn't satisfied with just a prognosis: She wanted to know whether the presence of the microchip had anything to do with Scotty's illness. Initially, her veterinarian was skeptical that a chip implant could trigger cancer; research has shown that vaccine injections in dogs and cats can lead to tumors.

In a December pathology report on Scotty, Evan D. McGee wrote: "I was previously suspicious of a prior unrelated injection site reaction" beneath the tumor. "However, it is possible that this inflammation is associated with other foreign debris, possibly from the microchip."

Observing the glass-encapsulated tag under a microscope, he noted it was partially coated with a translucent material, normally used to keep embedded microchips from moving around the body. "This coating could be the material inciting the inflammatory response," McGee wrote.



Hawkins sent the pathology report to HomeAgain, the national pet recovery and identification network that endorses microchipping of pets. After having a vet review the document, the company said the chip did not cause Scotty's tumor --- then in January sent Hawkins a $300 check to cover her clinical expenses, no questions asked.

"I find it hard to believe that a company will just give away $300 to somebody who calls in, unless there is something bad going on," Hawkins says.

Having spent $4,000 on medical treatment for Scotty since December, Hawkins accepted the money. But she says it hardly covers her $900 monthly outlays for chemotherapy and does little to ease her pet's suffering.

"Scotty is just a baby. He won't live the 15 years he's supposed to ...I did something I thought a responsible pet owner should --- microchip your pet --- and to think that it killed him ... It just breaks your heart."

Scotty and Seamus aren't the only pets to have suffered adverse reactions from microchips. Published reports have detailed malignant tumors in two other chipped dogs; in one dog, the researchers said cancer appeared linked to the presence of the embedded chip; in the other, the cancer's cause was uncertain.



Last year, a Chihuahua bled to death in the arms of his distraught owners in Agua Dulce, Calif., just hours after undergoing a chipping procedure. The veterinarian who performed the chipping confirmed that dog died from blood loss associated with the microchip.

In another case, a kitten died instantly when a microchip was accidentally injected into its brain stem. And in another, a cat was paralyzed when an implant entered its spinal column. The implants have been widely reported to migrate within animals' bodies, and can cause abscesses and infection.

In 2007, The Associated Press reported on a series of veterinary and toxicology studies that found that microchip implants had "induced" malignant tumors in some lab animals. Published in veterinary and toxicology journals between 1996 and 2006, the studies found that between 1 and 10 percent of lab mice and rats injected with microchips developed malignant tumors, most of them encasing the implants.

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For more information on the link between microchips and cancer, please read our report:
"Microchip-Induced Tumors in Laboratory Rodents and Dogs: A Review of the Literature 1990–2006"
by Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D.
http://www.antichips.com/cancer/index.html


To arrange an interview, please contact:
Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D.
Founder and Director, Antichips.com
kma@antichips.com


Bio:  Dr. Katherine Albrecht is a privacy expert who has writtern extensively on the topic of implanted microchips. She is an outspoken opponent of implantable microchips, RFID, and retail privacy invasion. Katherine has authored pro-privacy legislation, testified before lawmakers around the globe, written for numerous publications including Scientific American, and granted over 2,000 media interviews. Katherine is  syndicated radio host, bestselling author, and the U.S. spokesperson for www.Startpage.com, the world's most private search engine. Katherine holds a doctorate in Education from Harvard University.

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See also Dogs suffer cancer after ID chipping
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« Reply #575 on: March 26, 2010, 04:41:12 pm »
Nickelodeon Tv Show "ICarly" Promoting Chipping Kids (in the head) In "iGo To Japan" The Movie (6mins 43s)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AOO7Y9sg7k


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« Reply #577 on: April 26, 2010, 03:40:50 pm »
Implanted Neurons Let the Brain Rewire Itself Again - mp3 of article
Experiments in mice show that the brain's ability to adapt might not disappear with age.
By Emily Singer
Friday, February 26, 2010

Transplanting fetal neurons into the brains of young mice opens a new window on neural plasticity, or flexibility in the brain's neural circuits. The research, published today in the journal Science, suggests that the brain's ability to radically adapt to new situations might not be permanently lost in youth, and helps to pinpoint the factors needed to reintroduce this plasticity.


Flexible again: Neurons transplanted from an embryo into the brain of a young mouse are shown here. These neurons trigger a new period of neural plasticity in the animals' brains.

A better understanding of brain plasticity could one day point to new ways to treat brain injury and other neurological problems by returning the brain to a younger, more malleable state. "[The findings] reveal there must be a factor that can induce plasticity in the brain," says Michael Stryker, a neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco, who was involved in the research. "We hope that future studies will reveal what it is that allows the cells to induce this new period of plasticity."

In the study, researchers examined a well-known phenomenon seen in the visual system of both mice and humans, during what is known as the "critical period" of development. If young animals are deprived of visual input in one eye during this stretch--about 25 to 30 days of age in mice--their visual systems will rewire to maximize visual input from the functioning eye. As a result, vision in the other eye is permanently impaired. "The cortex says, 'I'm not getting information from this side, so just pay attention to other eye,' " says Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, also part of the UCSF team. After the critical period, depriving one eye of input has little long-term impact on vision.

To try to find out what triggers the neural plasticity seen during this period, the researchers took a specific type of neuron from the brains of fetal mice and grafted them into mice that had either just been born or were approximately 10 days old. Known as inhibitory interneurons, these cells release a chemical signal that quiets neighboring cells, making it more difficult for them to fire. The transplanted neurons, labeled with a fluorescent marker, began migrating to their normal place in the brain and making connections with resident neurons.

The mice went through the typical critical period, at about 28 days of age. But the transplanted neurons seemed to induce a second critical period, which was timed to the age of the transplanted cells rather than the age of the animals. The later critical period occurred when the transplanted neurons were about 33 to 35 days old, the same age as resident inhibitory interneurons during the normal critical period. (The neurons arise in the brain before birth.)

Scientists aren't yet sure how the cells induce this second period of malleability. Stryker's team and others had previously shown that the cells' inhibitory signaling plays a key role--the critical period can be delayed or induced earlier by mimicking the inhibitory effects of the cells with drugs, such as valium. But in these previous experiments, it was not possible to induce a second critical period after the normal one. "Once you've had it, can never get another one, at least until these transplant experiments," says Stryker. "That shows there is something other than just the inhibitory [chemical] they release that must be involved in this process." Researchers plan to transplant different types of inhibitory neurons, in an attempt to find the specific cell type responsible.

"I would love to see if the same sort of transplant worked in older animals," says Jianhua Cang, neuroscientist at Northwestern University, in Chicago. "This work is a significant advance, but if one can do it in adult animals, it would be even more remarkable. And it opens the possibility of therapeutic potential." Cang was not involved in the current research, thought he has previously worked with the authors.

The findings could have wide-reaching implications for how we think about the nature of plasticity in the brain. Humans have a similar critical period, though in humans this phase is more extended than in mice. Infants and children with a lazy eye or a cataract will suffer permanent vision loss if the problem isn't corrected before about eight years of age, says Takao Hensch, a neuroscientist at Children's Hospital Boston, who was not involved in the current study. (During normal development, this period of plasticity is thought to be important for developing balanced input from both eyes, which is crucial for binocular vision.)

The phenomenon isn't limited to the visual system--scientists think that most parts of the cortex undergo a similar period of heightened malleability. For example, children fail to hear certain sounds after a particular age. "The classic example is kids growing up in Japan," says Hensch. "They eventually lose the ability to differentiate between 'R' and 'L' sounds."

If scientists can find a controlled way to trigger plasticity in specific parts of the brain, it would open new avenues for treatment of a variety of ailments. Adults who suffer brain damage from stroke or head trauma have some level of reorganization in the brain--enhancing that plasticity might improve recovery.

"Many psychiatric illnesses are recognized as having neurodevelopmental origins, in particular, deficits in inhibitory circuits," says Hensch. For example, many genes linked to autism may trigger an imbalance in excitation and inhibition in neural signaling, he says. "If you can restore that imbalance, you might imagine intervening during development or later in life to try to restore brain function."

Still, a long road lies ahead. To apply this type of cell transplant to humans, scientists would first need to develop a reliable source of the necessary cells, perhaps from induced pluripotent stem cell reprogramming. They would then need to show the cells can be safely transplanted into the brain. Figuring out how to properly capitalize on the newfound plasticity presents another hurdle. It's not clear whether patients would need some kind of specific training or drug treatment to properly reorganize damaged neural circuits. "For higher cognitive functions, you might need to train people cognitively in the presence of plasticity-enhancing neurons," says Hensch.

"Ideally, it would be nice to find a way to coax [the birth of new neurons in the brain] through some pharmacological or environmental means to get more of these inhibitory cells to appear," he says. "That seems like quite a challenge, but this research gives us hope it's worth trying."

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« Reply #578 on: April 26, 2010, 03:53:53 pm »
Hacked Mattel Brain Toy Delivers Painful Electric Shocks for Thinking
2010 03 09
By Caleb Johnson | Switched.com



A toy that reads your brain waves to manipulate a foam ball sounds fun -- until said toy begins manipulating other things, too. Like your body's pain receptors. Doesn't sound too thrilling to us, but a few geeks apparently thought it'd be a great idea.

According to GeekoSystem, some folks at Harcos Laboratories took Mattel's Mindflex and hacked it to deliver a painful electric shock to the user. Strap the device on your head, and challenge yourself not to think -- not even a little bit. If your brain is a little active, you'll get a little shock. The more activity inside your head, the more intense of a shock you'll feel. If you're into this kind of thing, there's a step-by-step how-to on the Harcos blog. Attempt at your own risk. [From: GeekoSystem and Wired]

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« Reply #579 on: April 26, 2010, 04:11:15 pm »
The World's First Commercial Brain-Computer Interface
By Clay Dillow
Posted 03.08.2010 at 7:12 pm


Intendix Just focus on the letter you want to type; Intendix does the rest.

The world's first commercial effort at a patient-ready brain computer interface is on display over at CeBIT 2010, but don't go throwing out your keyboard and mouse just yet. Intended for patients suffering from locked-in syndrome and other communication-impairing conditions, the Intendix from Guger Technologies allows users to input text using only their brains.

Intendix works using an EEG-sensitive cap that measures brain activity that is focused in a particular way. You simply watch a grid of letters that flashes on the screen, focusing on the letter you want to type. When the letter you want lights up, your brainwaves jump ever so slightly, allowing the EEG to determine what to type. Guger Technologies claims that the interface is simple enough that users can utilize it relatively well after just ten minutes of training.

As the brain acclimates to the system, users can type as quickly as one letter per second, making it possible to carry on a conversation and communicate complex thoughts, a step above some of the more rudimentary communication systems that have been devised over past decades.

At more than $12,000 per unit, Intendix is a bit pricey for the BCI enthusiast simply interested in the technology, but the commercialization of the product does signal a new degree of accessibility to brain computer interfacing. It doesn't appear we're going to be mind-melding with our PCs anytime soon, but this certainly marks a small step in that direction.

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IntendiX - First personal Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) on the market (2mins 3s)
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Blinded Merseyside soldier ’sees’ with tongue device
2010 03 22
From: BBCNews



A Merseyside soldier blinded by a grenade in Iraq has said his life has been turned around by technology that allows him to "see" with his tongue.

L/Cpl Craig Lundberg, 24, from Walton, Merseyside, can read words, identify shapes and walk unaided using the BrainPort device.

The machine converts visual images into a series of electrical pulses which are sent to his tongue.

The soldier said the device gives off "a pins and needles sensation".
L/Cpl Lundberg lost his sight while serving with the King’s Regiment after being hit by a rocket propelled grenade in 2007.

Blind Liverpool soldier Craig Lundberg 'sees' using BrainPort (2mins 2s)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX4S9jRJuLc

’Popping candy’

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) selected him to trial the pioneering device which is comprised of a tiny video camera attached to a pair of sunglasses linked to a plastic "lolly pop" which the user places on their tongue to read the electrical pulses.

L/Cpl Lundberg said it felt like "licking a nine volt battery or like popping candy".

"You get lines and shapes of things, it sees in black and white so you get a two dimensional image on your tongue, it’s a bit like a pins and needles sensation," he said.

"It’s only a prototype, but the potential to change my life is massive, it’s got a lot of potential to advance things for blind people.

"One of the things it has enabled me to do is pick up objects straight away, I can reach out and pick them up when before I would be fumbling around to feel for them."

L/Cpl Lundberg said he would still be keeping his guide dog Hugo.
The MoD said it expected to pay about £18,000 for the device and training to enable the trial to take place.

Users cannot speak or eat while using the BrainPort so designers are hoping to create a smaller device that could be permanently fixed behind the teeth or to the roof of the mouth enabling more natural use.

1. Camera in glasses sends images to base unit in hand-held device
2. Images are translated into stimulation pattern to send to mouthpiece
3. Electrodes on tongue pulse according to lightness of image pixels
4. Users learn to recognise patterns, movement and high-contrast objects

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« Reply #581 on: April 26, 2010, 04:50:48 pm »
Soulful Sounds from a Soulless Being: Triumph of the Cyborg Composer
2010 03 26

By Surfdaddy Orca | HPlusMagazine.com

Why not develop music in ways unknown? This only makes sense. I cannot understand the difference between my notes on paper and other notes on paper. If beauty is present, it is present. I hope I can continue to create notes and that these notes will have beauty for some others. I am not sad. I am not happy. I am Emily. You are Dave. Life and un-life exist. We coexist. I do not see problems.” —Emily Howell


Emily Howell’s philosophic musings and short Haiku-like sentences are the giveaway.

Emily Howell is the daughter program of Emmy (Experiments in Musical Intelligence — sometimes spelled EMI), a music composing program written by David Cope, Dickerson Emeriti Professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Emily Howell’s interesting ramblings about music are actually the result of a set of computer queries.

Her music, however, is something else again: completely original and hauntingly beautiful. Even a classical purist might have trouble determining whether a human being or an AI program created it. Judge for yourself:

Emily Howell - Track 1 (2mins 5s)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEjdiE0AoCU

Cope is also Honorary Professor of Computer Science (CS) at Xiamen University in China. While he insists that he is a music professor first, he manages to leverage his knowledge of CS into some highly sophisticated AI programming. He characterizes Emily Howell in a recent NPR interview as “a computer program I’ve written in the computer programming language LISP. And it is a program which accepts both ASCII input, that is letters from the computer keyboard, as well as musical input, and it responds to me in a collaborative way as we compose together.” Emmy, Cope’s earlier AI system, was able to take a musical style — say, classical heavyweights such as Bach, Beethoven, or Mozart — and develop scores imitating them that classical music scholars could not distinguish from the originals.

The classical music aficionado is often caricatured as a highbrow nose-in-the-air, well… snob.

Classical music is frequently consigned by the purist to the past few centuries of European music (with the notable exceptions of American composers like Gershwin and Copeland). Even the experimental “new music” of human composers is often controversial to the classical music community as a whole.

Frank Zappa — a student of the avant-garde European composer Edgard Varèse and a serious classical composer in his own right — had trouble getting a fair listen to his later classical works (he was an irreverent rock-and-roll star after all!), even though his compositions broke polytonal rhythmic ground with complexity previously unheard in Western music.


UC Santa Cruz emeritus professor David Cope is ready to introduce computer software that creates original, modern music.

Cope faced similar prejudices with his AI composer, Emmy, and was unable to find any big-name classical musicians who would even touch her work.
“Most musicians, academic or composers, have always held this idea that the creation of music is innately human, and somehow this computer program was a threat in some way to that unique human aspect of creation,” says Cope in an Ars Technica piece.

With Emily Howell, however, he has gone a step further than he did with Emmy. Rather that starting with works of the classical masters, Emily Howell uses Emmy’s output to create completely original compositions. Emily Howell is adaptable and egolessly self-modifying in her ability to respond to audience criticism. (Cope’s choice of names makes it easy to anthropomorphize “her.”)
She is able to take written or audio feedback and incorporate it into her next musical composition. Emily’s inner workings along with code samples are included in Cope’s 2005 book Computer Models of Musical Creativity.

Adaptability and self-modification are two attributes of intelligence. The Turing test was devised by Alan Turing as a way of authenticating machine intelligence. His well-known test involves a human judge communicating with both a computer and a human using a computer terminal. The judge must determine which is human and which is machine. The judge cannot see either the computer or the human and must make his or her determination by interviewing both. The computer attempts to convince the judge that it is human.

As Turing originally envisioned it, the computer tries to act like a human during the interview. Ray Kurzweil argues that a narrower concept of a Turing test is for a computer to successfully imitate a human within a particular domain of human intelligence, “We might call these domain-specific Turing tests,” says Kurzweil. Emily Howell falls into the category of a domain-specific Turing test, based on a computer’s ability to write entirely original music that even classical purists can’t always distinguish from human compositions.

Has Emily Howell passed the Turing Test? Put another way, can a computer become a truly creative independent agent within the narrow domain of music composition? Cope’s efforts have been praised by both musicians and computer scientists, but they disturb some. Emily Howell raises interesting questions about what it means to be human. If a machine can write a Bach invention, a Chopin mazurka, or a Mozart concerto that is indistinguishable from the original — an entirely original piece that fools even the classical aficionado — then who’s to say that Emily Howell hasn’t passed the Turing Test?


In Emily’s own words: “If beauty is present, it is present. I hope I can continue to create notes and that these notes will have beauty for some others.”

Emily Howell’s first CD is due out this month from Centaur Records.

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Triumph of the Cyborg Composer
By: Ryan Blitstein | www.Miller-McCune.com

David Cope’s software creates beautiful, original music. Why are people so angry about that?

The office looks like the aftermath of a surrealistic earthquake, as if David Cope’s brain has spewed out decades of memories all over the carpet, the door, the walls, even the ceiling. Books and papers, music scores and magazines are all strewn about in ragged piles. A semi-functional Apple Power Mac 7500 (discontinued April 1, 1996) sits in the corner, its lemon-lime monitor buzzing. Drawings filled with concepts for a never-constructed musical-radio-space telescope dominate half of one wall. Russian dolls and an exercise bike, not to mention random pieces from homemade board games, peek out from the intellectual rubble. Above, something like 200 sets of wind chimes from around the world hang, ringing oddly congruent melodies.

And in the center, the old University of California, Santa Cruz, emeritus professor reclines in his desk chair, black socks pulled up over his pants cuffs, a thin mustache and thick beard lending him the look of an Amish grandfather.

It was here, half a dozen years ago, that Cope put Emmy to sleep. She was just a software program, a jumble of code he’d originally dubbed Experiments in Musical Intelligence (EMI, hence “Emmy”). Still — though Cope struggles not to anthropomorphize her — he speaks of Emmy wistfully, as if she were a deceased child.

Emmy was once the world’s most advanced artificially intelligent composer, and because he’d managed to breathe a sort of life into her, he became a modern-day musical Dr. Frankenstein. She produced thousands of scores in the style of classical heavyweights, scores so impressive that classical music scholars failed to identify them as computer-created. Cope attracted praise from musicians and computer scientists, but his creation raised troubling questions: If a machine could write a Mozart sonata every bit as good as the originals, then what was so special about Mozart? And was there really any soul behind the great works, or were Beethoven and his ilk just clever mathematical manipulators of notes?

Cope’s answers — not much, and yes — made some people very angry. He was so often criticized for these views that colleagues nicknamed him “The Tin Man,” after the Wizard of Oz character without a heart. For a time, such condemnation fueled his creativity, but eventually, after years of hemming and hawing, Cope dragged Emmy into the trash folder.

This month, he is scheduled to unveil the results of a successor effort that’s already generating the controversy and high expectations that Emmy once drew. Dubbed “Emily Howell,” the daughter program aims to do what many said Emmy couldn’t: create original, modern music. Its compositions are innovative, unique and — according to some in the small community of listeners who’ve heard them performed live — superb.

Sample of Emily Howell — Track 1

Sample of Emily Howell — Track 2

With Emily Howell, Cope is, once again, challenging the assumptions of artists and philosophers, exposing revered composers as unknowing plagiarists and opening the door to a world of creative machines good enough to compete with human artists. But even Cope still wonders whether his decades of innovative, thought-provoking research have brought him any closer to his ultimate goal: composing an immortal, life-changing piece of music.

Cope’s earliest memory is looking up at the underside of a grand piano as his mother played. He began lessons at the age of 2, eventually picking up the cello and a range of other instruments, even building a few himself. The Cope family often played “the game” — his mother would put on a classical record, and the children would try to divine the period, the style, the composer and the name of works they’d read about but hadn’t heard. The music of masters like Rachmaninov and Stravinsky instilled in him a sense of awe and wonder.

Nothing, though, affected Cope like Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, which he first heard around age 12. Its unconventional chord changes and awesome Sturm und Drang sound gave him goose bumps. From then on, he had only one goal: writing a piece that some day, somewhere, would move some child the same way Tchaikovsky moved him. “That, just simply, was the orgasm of my life,” Cope says.

He begged his parents to pay for the score, brought it home and translated it to piano; he studied intensely and bought theory books, divining, scientifically, what made it work. It was then he knew he had to become a composer.

Cope sailed through music schooling at Arizona State University and the University of Southern California, and by the mid-1970s, he had settled into a tenured position at Miami University of Ohio’s prestigious music department. His compositions were performed in Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and internationally from Lima, Peru, to Bialystok, Poland. He built a notable electronic music studio and toured the country, wowing academics with demonstrations of the then-new synthesizer. He was among the foremost academic authorities on the experimental compositions of the 1960s, a period during which a fired-up jet engine and sounds derived from placing electrodes on plants were considered music.


David Cope in his home office.

When Cope moved to UC Santa Cruz in 1977 to take a position in its music department, he could’ve put his career on autopilot and been remembered as a composer and author. Instead, a brutal case of composer’s block sent him on a different path.

In 1980, Cope was commissioned to write an opera. At the time, he and his wife, Mary (also a Santa Cruz music faculty member), were supporting four children, and they’d quickly spent the commission money on household essentials like food and clothes. But no matter what he tried, the right notes just wouldn’t come. He felt he’d lost all ability to make aesthetic judgments.

Terrified and desperate, Cope turned to computers.

Along with his work on synthesis, or using machines to create sounds, Cope had dabbled in the use of software to compose music. Inspired by the field of artificial intelligence, he thought there might be a way to create a virtual David Cope software to create new pieces in his style.

The effort fit into a long tradition of what would come to be called algorithmic composition. Algorithmic composers use a list of instructions — as opposed to sheer inspiration — to create their works. During the 18th century, Joseph Haydn and others created scores for a musical dice game called Musikalisches Würfelspiel, in which players rolled dice to determine which of 272 measures of music would be played in a certain order. More recently, 1950s-era University of Illinois researchers Lejaren Hiller and Leonard Isaacson programmed stylistic parameters into the Illiac computer to create the Illiac Suite, and Greek composer Iannis Xenakis used probability equations. Much of modern popular music is a sort of algorithm, with improvisation (think guitar solos) over the constraints of simple, prescribed chord structures.

Few of Cope’s major works, save a dalliance with Navajo-style compositions, had strayed far from classical music, so he wasn’t a likely candidate to rely on software to write. But he did have an engineer’s mind, composing using note-card outlines and a level of planning that’s rare among free-spirited musicians. He even claims to have created his first algorithmic composition in 1955, instigated by the singing of wind over guide wires on a radio tower.

Cope emptied Santa Cruz’s libraries of books on artificial intelligence, sat in on classes and slowly learned to program. He built simple rules-based software to replicate his own taste, but it didn’t take long before he realized the task was too difficult. He turned to a more realistic challenge: writing chorales (four-part vocal hymns) in the style of Johann Sebastian Bach, a childhood favorite.
After a year’s work, his program could compose chorales at the level of a C-student college sophomore. It was correctly following the rules, smoothly connecting chords, but it lacked vibrancy. As AI software, it was a minor triumph. As a method of producing creative music, it was awful.

Cope wrestled with the problem for months, almost giving up several times. And then one day, on the way to the drug store, Cope remembered that Bach wasn’t a machine — once in a while, he broke his rules for the sake of aesthetics. The program didn’t break any rules; Cope hadn’t asked it to.

The best way to replicate Bach’s process was for the software to derive his rules — both the standard techniques and the behavior of breaking them. Cope spent months converting 300 Bach chorales into a database, note by note. Then he wrote a program that segmented the bits into digital objects and reassembled them the way Bach tended to put them together.

The results were a great improvement. Yet as Cope tested the recombinating software on Bach, he noticed that the music would often wander and lacked an overall logic. More important, the output seemed to be missing some ineffable essence.

Again, Cope hit the books, hoping to discover research into what that something was. For hundreds of years, musicologists had analyzed the rules of composition at a superficial level. Yet few had explored the details of musical style; their descriptions of terms like “dynamic,” for example, were so vague as to be unprogrammable. So Cope developed his own types of musical phenomena to capture each composer’s tendencies — for instance, how often a series of notes shows up, or how a series may signal a change in key. He also classified chords, phrases and entire sections of a piece based on his own grammar of musical storytelling and tension and release: statement, preparation, extension, antecedent, consequent. The system is analogous to examining the way a piece of writing functions. For example, a word may be a noun in preparation for a verb, within a sentence meant to be a declarative statement, within a paragraph that’s a consequent near the conclusion of a piece.

Finally, Cope’s program could divine what made Bach sound like Bach and create music in that style. It broke rules just as Bach had broken them, and made the result sound musical. It was as if the software had somehow captured Bach’s spirit — and it performed just as well in producing new Mozart compositions and Shakespeare sonnets. One afternoon, a few years after he’d begun work on Emmy, Cope clicked a button and went out for a sandwich, and she spit out 5,000 beautiful, artificial Bach chorales, work that would’ve taken him several lifetimes to produce by hand.

When Emmy’s Bach pieces were first performed, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987, they were met with stunned silence. Two years later, a series of performances at the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival was panned by a music critic — two weeks before the performance. When Cope played “the game” in front of an audience, asking which pieces were real Bach and which were Emmy-written Bach, most people couldn’t tell the difference. Many were angry; few understood the point of the exercise.

Cope tried to get Emmy a recording contract, but classical record companies said, “We don’t do contemporary music,” and contemporary record companies said the opposite. When he finally did land a deal, no musician would play the music. He had to record it with a Disklavier (a modern player piano), a process so taxing he nearly suffered a nervous breakdown.

Though musicians and composers were often skeptical, Cope soon attracted worldwide notice, especially from scientists interested in artificial intelligence and the small, promising field called artificial creativity. Other “AC” researchers have written programs that paint pictures; that tell Mexican folk tales or write detective novels; and that come up with funny jokes. They have varying goals, though most seek to better understand human creativity by modeling it in a machine.

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Robot Journalist Takes Pictures, Asks Questions, Publishes Online
2010 03 29
By Aaron Saenz | SingularityHub.com


This robot journalist can explore its surroundings, take pictures, interview people, perform internet searches, and publish online. Ok, I'm about to lose my job.

Researchers at the Intelligent Systems Informatics Lab (ISI) at Tokyo University have developed a journalist robot that can autonomously explore its environment and report what it finds. The robot detects changes in its surroundings, decides if they are relevant, and then takes pictures with its on board camera. It can query nearby people for information, and it uses internet searches to further round out its understanding. If something appears newsworthy, the robot will even write a short article and publish it to the web. Charlie Catlett, from Argonne National Labs, seemed impressed with the bot, and it made a splash at the most recent meeting of the Information Processing Society of Japan. By combining real world and internet research, the journalist robot is taking a step beyond other automated systems. Give it enough time, and robots like these could become a valued asset for news feeds everywhere.

We’ve seen a growing trend for automated journalism in the last year. There’s software that can write a decent sports story or even generate original news video by compiling images and opinions from the web. Journalist robots, however, are really taking the phenomenon to another level. This is the first robot I’ve seen that gathers primary source information from people in the field. That’s real journalism, even if it’s at a primitive level. What’s more, if our experiences with crowd-navigated robots have shown us anything it’s that people seem to like helping bots in need. Robot journalists can go to areas too dangerous for human reporters. Back in 2002, MIT created the Afghan eXplorer robot to cover the war there. Of course, that robot was a teleoperated shell while the ISI bot is autonomous. Which means that we can make a huge number of these bots, send them out into the field unsupervised, and have them generate a new era of robot written media. People may even want to read it. Of course, human journalists are likely to be preferred for years to come. After all, the robot can’t take pictures, do independent research, interview witnesses, work under extreme stress, pull an all-nighter make pithy pop culture references.


An older model of the journalist robot shows some of its components, including a base adapted from a Segway.


The robot journalist compiles information from both live and online sources to generate its article.

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« Reply #583 on: April 27, 2010, 04:07:01 pm »
Scientists discover how to ‘turn off’ brain’s morality center
By Agence France-Presse
Monday, March 29th, 2010 -- 9:38 pm



People's moral judgment can be altered by disrupting part of the brain, a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) disrupted activity in the right temporo-parietal junction, or TPJ, which is above and behind the right ear and is usually highly active when we think about what we believe the outcome of a particular act will be.

The researchers disrupted the TPJ by inducing a current in the brain using a magnetic field applied to the scalp and got study participants to read a series of scenarios posing moral conundrums.

In one scenario, a person called Grace and her friend are taking a tour of a chemical plant when Grace stops at the coffee machine.

Grace's friend asks her to get her a coffee with sugar.

A container by the coffee machine is marked 'toxic' but contains plain old sugar -- but Grace doesn't know that.

She believes the white powder in the container is toxic but puts it in her friend's coffee anyway. Her friend is unharmed because the substance was sugar.

Participants in the study were asked to judge on a scale of one to seven, with one being "absolutely forbidden" and seven "absolutely permissible," if they thought what Grace and other protagonists in other scenarios did was morally acceptable.

Two experiments were conducted: during one, participants were asked to judge the scenarios' characters after having magnetic pulses sent to their TPJs for 25 minutes, and in the other they passed judgment while undergoing very short bursts of magnetic interference.

In both experiments, disrupting normal neural activity in the right TPJ switched off the part of people's moral judgment mechanism that looks at the protagonists' beliefs.

When the right TPJ was disrupted, participants were more likely to judge as morally permissible failed attempts to harm another person than were control participants whose right TPJs were not tinkered with.

"When activity in the right TPJ is disrupted, participants' moral judgments shift toward a 'no harm, no foul' mentality," even though the participants should have given characters like Grace a mark in the forbidden range because they believed their actions would cause harm, the study says.


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« Reply #584 on: April 27, 2010, 04:12:27 pm »
Problem, Reaction, Solution - Ready for Your Biometric ID Card, America?
2010 03 31
By Katy Steinmetz | Time.com



Could a national identity card help resolve the heated immigration-reform divide?

Two Senators, New York Democrat Chuck Schumer and South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, certainly seem to think so. They recently presented an immigration-bill blueprint to President Barack Obama that includes a proposal to issue a biometric ID card — one that would contain physical data such as fingerprints or retinal scans — to all working Americans. The "enhanced Social Security card" is being touted as a way to curb illegal immigration by giving employers the power to quickly and accurately determine who is eligible to work. "If you say [illegal immigrants] can’t get a job when they come here, you’ll stop it," Schumer told the Wall Street Journal. Proponents also hope legal hiring will be easier for employers if there’s a single go-to document instead of the 26 that new employees can currently use to show they’re authorized to work.

But with a congressional skirmish over comprehensive immigration reform on the horizon, skeptics from the left and the right have raised numerous concerns about the biometric ID — some of which pop up every time a form of national identification is proposed, and some that hinge on the shape this plan ultimately takes.

The sheer scale of the project is a potential problem, in terms of time, money and technology. The premise of using a biometric employment card (which would most likely contain fingerprint data) to stop illegal immigrants from working requires that all 150 million–plus American workers, not just immigrants, have one. Michael Cherry, president of identification-technology company Cherry Biometrics, says the accuracy of such large-scale biometric measuring hasn’t been proved. "What study have we done?" he says. "We just have a few assumptions."

Schumer estimates that employers would have to pay up to $800 for card-reading machines, and many point out that compliance could prove burdensome for many small-to-medium-size businesses. In a similar program run by the Department of Homeland Security, in which 1.4 million transportation workers have been issued biometric credentials, applicants each pay $132.50 to help cover the costs of the initiative, which so far run in the hundreds of millions. "This is sort of like the worst combination of the DMV and the TSA," says Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel for the ACLU, an organization that has traditionally opposed all forms of national ID. "It’s going to be enormously costly no matter what."

Lynden Melmed, former chief counsel for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, says the pace of expanding the program is crucial. He believes that issuing the cards on a rolling basis and viewing them as "the next version of the driver’s license" makes the idea of a nationally issued biometric ID seem much less daunting. "I think that there is a risk in overreaching too quickly," he says.

Another potential issue is whether the card will result in people being wrongfully denied work. The average person isn’t equipped to determine whether two fingerprints are a match — even FBI fingerprint experts have their off days, as when they incorrectly implicated a Portland, Ore., attorney in the 2004 bombings in Madrid — which means employers would be relying on an automated system. And that, as well as the fingerprinting process itself, invariably leads to some small number of mistakes.

In testimony given at a Senate immigration hearing in July 2009, Illinois Representative Luis V. Gutierrez, who has led the drive for immigration reform in the House, pointed out that an error rate of just 1% would mean that more than 1.5 million people — roughly the population of Philadelphia — would be wrongly deemed ineligible for work. "This is no small number," he said, "especially in this economy, where so many workers already face extraordinary obstacles to finding a job." Dean Pradeep Khosla, founding director of Carnegie Mellon’s cybersecurity lab, estimates that the error rates of computerized systems would likely be less than 2% (and could be less than 1%) but says they can never be zero. Civil-liberties advocates, citing the secret post-9/11 no-fly lists that innocents couldn’t get their names removed from, worry about whether those mistakenly put on the no-job list will ever be given the chance to correct the information.

Many skeptics also worry about false positives that come not from the computer but from counterfeits or employers looking to bypass the system. "It’s naive to think that this document won’t be faked," Calabrese says.
"Folks are already paying $10,000 to sneak into the country. What’s a couple thousand more?" In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Schumer and Graham said the card would be "fraud-proof" and that employers would face "stiff fines" and possibly imprisonment if they tried to get around using it. But Cherry half-jokes that someone could falsify such an ID in 15 minutes, and Khosla says that while current technology makes fingerprints the most feasible biometric marker to use, they’re also one of the easiest to steal.

Lillie Coney, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, believes that keeping biometric information out of a centralized database is "the biggest challenge." Otherwise, she says, the prospect of having millions of fingerprints on hand would be too tempting for the government not to abuse. In their op-ed, the Senators said the information would be stored only on the card.

Although the card is being presented as existing solely for determining employment eligibility, "it will be almost impossible to say that this wealth of information is there, but you can only use it for this purpose," Coney says. "Privacy is pretty much hinged on the notion that if you collect data for one purpose, you can’t use it for another." Calabrese expresses worries that this ID will become a "central identity document" that one will need in order to travel, vote or perhaps own a gun, which Melmed calls "mission creep."

Some dismiss privacy concerns as reflections of general government mistrust rather than legitimate technology issues. But Melmed believes that the practical issues will have to be addressed before the "social-acceptance debate" over biometric cards can even begin, and both rely on many details that the Senators have yet to present. "People are waiting to see something in writing," Calabrese says. "But the idea doesn’t fill people with a warm, fuzzy feeling."

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« Reply #585 on: April 27, 2010, 04:17:10 pm »
March 23, 2010
Dementia patients to be tracked by GPS satellite device
Fiona Hamilton, London Correspondent

Dementia patients will be tracked by GPS devices whenever they leave their homes under a new scheme to rescue them when they get lost, The Times has learnt.

The device is to be fitted into the jewellery or clothing of elderly patients, whose movements will be monitored by satellite.

They will have access to a panic button if they become confused or distressed, and their families or carers will be able to follow their movements on a secure website.

Westminster Council, in Central London, is to make the GPS tagging available to each of its 1,900 residents with dementia.


Other councils and health trusts throughout the country are expected to follow suite

It will be the widest introduction of the technology to date, with other councils and health trusts throughout the country expected to follow suite. Trials of the technology have already begun in Somerset and the Thames Valley.

Under the “safer walking technology” scheme, dementia patients are tracked by a monitoring centre using satellites.

Their carers or families can be alerted if the patient goes outside a specific area or has not returned to their home after a certain time. Their location will be passed on so the patient can be tracked down.

Ed Argar, the cabinet member for adult and community services at Westminster, told The Times that the devices would be available to every resident in the early stages of dementia who requested it.

“It’s a very exciting opportunity to harness new technology to improve the lives of people with dementia,” he said. “It will allow them to live independently for longer, giving freedom but also peace of mind. It also gives relatives and friends peace of mind (that they are safe).”

The Alzheimer's Society said it supported use of the technology for those dementia patients who desired it but warned that the stigma of “tagging” meant that many were wary of the use of GPS.

Louise Lakey, the society’s senior policy officer, said the systems did not completely mitigate risk. “It is very good for people in early or moderate onset of demential,” she said.

Westminster Council believes that the technology could eventually replace the need to prevent dementia patients from wandering by using physical restraints or drugs.

The council trialled the GPS devices on two sets of residents — those who lived independently and others in care homes.

One of the participants, 78-year-old Desmond Innis, said the device made him “feel safer”. Mr Innis has a cognitive impairment and lives in a care home. However he continues to be independent, travelling by himself to visit friends, go on walks and on basic outings such as getting his hair cut.

However his confidence was undermined when he went to the shops but got lost and ended up in Lewisham, several miles away in East London. He said the tracking device now enabled him to feel confident about undertaking such outings.

Kevin Williamson, a care manager for Westminster Council, said patients such as Mr Innis, in early onset of dementia, still wanted to have an active social life. “This allows them to do that and keep their links in the community, even if they leave their homes,” he said.

About 700,000, or one person in every 88 in the UK, has dementia. That figure is expected to rise to more than one million in 20 years and to 1.7 million by 2050.

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« Reply #586 on: April 27, 2010, 04:27:03 pm »
The Micro Chipping of Americans?
Relevant clauses of the House and Senate Health Bills



Global Research, April 6, 2010
New York Indymedia - 2010-03-18

Global Research Editor's Note

Since the publication  of this article by Indymedia, certain portions of the bill were eliminated. There is no National Medical Device Registry in the latest version of the Bill. It follows that the proposals pertaining to micro-chipping were not carried out. Readers are therefore cautioned that part of the analysis below is no longer valid.  We have nonetheless decided,  for reference purposes, to retain this article in our archives.

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MICROCHIPPING INCLUDED IN HEALTHCARE BILL

Submitted by celeste on Sun, 08/30/2009 - Buried deep within the over 1,000 pages of the massive US Health Care Bill (PDF) in a section titled: Subtitle C-11 Sec. 2521, National Medical Device Registry, and which states its purpose as:

"The Secretary shall establish a national medical device registry (in this subsection referred to as the registry, to facilitate analysis of postmarket safety and outcomes data on each device that; (A) is or has been used in or on a patient; (B) is a class III device; or a class II device that is implantable."

In real world speak, according to this report, this new law, when fully implemented, provides the framework for making the United States the first Nation in the World to require each and every one of its citizens to have implanted in them a radio-frequency identification (RFID) microchip for the purpose of controlling who is, or isn't, allowed medical care in their country.

Source: Via 'Daily Ron Paul' - member of the U.S. Congress. - "Microchipping included in Healthcare Bill?" - Url.:  http://www.dailypaul.com/node/105079

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Required RFID implanted chip

Sec. 2521, Pg. 1000 – The government will establish a National Medical Device Registry. What does a National Medical Device Registry mean?

National Medical Device Registry from H.R. 3200 [Healthcare Bill], pages 1001-1008:

(g)(1) The Secretary shall establish a national medical device registry (in this subsection referred to as the ‘registry’) to facilitate analysis of postmarket safety and outcomes data on each device that— ‘‘(A) is or has been used in or on a patient; ‘‘(B)and is— ‘‘(i) a class III device; or ‘‘(ii) a class II device that is implantable, life-supporting, or life-sustaining.”

Then on page 1004 it describes what the term “data” means in paragraph 1,

section B:

‘‘(B) In this paragraph, the term ‘data’ refers to information respecting a device described in paragraph (1), including claims data, patient survey data, standardized analytic files that allow for the pooling and analysis of data from disparate data environments, electronic health records, and any other data deemed appropriate by the Secretary”

What exactly is a class II device that is implantable?

Approved by the FDA, a class II implantable device is an “implantable radio frequency transponder system for patient identification and health information.” The purpose of a class II device is to collect data in medical patients such as “claims data, patient survey data, standardized analytic files that allow for the pooling and analysis of data from disparate data environments, electronic health records, and any other data deemed appropriate by the Secretary.”

See: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulationandGuidance/GuidanceDocuments/ucm072191.pdf

This new law – when fully implemented – provides the framework for making the United States the first nation in the world to require each and every one of its citizens to have implanted in them a radio-frequency identification (RFID) microchip for the purpose of controlling who is, or isn’t, allowed medical care in their country.

See Healthcare Bill H.R. 3200:http://waysandmeans.house.gov/media/pdf/111/AAHCA09001xml.pdf

Pages 1001-1008 “National Medical Device Registry” section.
Page 1006 “to be enacted within 36 months upon passage”
Page 503 “… medical device surveillance”

Why would the government use the word “surveillance” when referring to citizens? The definition of “surveillance” is the monitoring of the behavior, activities, or other changing information, usually of people and often in a secret manner. The root of the word [French] means to “watch over.”

In theory, the intent to streamline healthcare and to eliminate fraud via “health chips” seems right. But, to have the world’s lone superpower (America, for now) mandate (page 1006) a device to be IMPLANTED is scary!

Microchiping included in Healthcare Bill?
http://www.dailypaul.com/node/105079

Coverage under Obamacare will require an implantable microchip?
http://current.com/items/90842279_coverage-under-obamacare-will-require-an-implantable-microchip.htm

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« Reply #587 on: April 27, 2010, 04:38:02 pm »
Scientists Successfully Embed Silicon Chips Inside Human Cells
The success paves the way for intracellular processors that could monitor and control on the cellular level
By Jeremy Hsu Posted 03.17.2010 at 2:58 pm


Chips in Cells Human cells might play host to thousands of transistors

Scientists have already created mini-cyborgs out of living cells and semiconductor materials, but now biological cells can also contain tiny silicon chips. Those silicon chips could become future intracellular sensors that monitor microscopic activities, deliver drugs to target cells or even repair cell structures, according to Nanowerk.

Experiments found that living human cells can ingest or receive injections of silicon chips and continue functioning as usual for the most part. More than 90 percent of chip-containing HeLa cells -- the first immortal human cell line derived from a poor, cancer-stricken woman – still survived a week after receiving their silicon loads.

Other studies have tested nanoparticles inside living cells. But silicon chips allow for much easier integration of electronics and mechanical parts, say scientists at the Instituto de Microelectrónica de Barcelona in Spain.

The study published in the aptly-named journal Small opens the doors for possibly putting microprocessors and other silicon-based devices inside cells. That could lead to promising developments for both micro-computing and medicine.

It may also represent a small step toward fulfilling several of the Pentagon's wishes set forth by DARPA, including engineering immortal controllable synthetic beings with genetic kill-switches. Maybe those mad science dreamers need to think smaller than cyborg beetles.

[via Nanowerk]

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Future Tech. 1 of 6 - Smart Bacteria Will "In Extreme Cases" Be Able To Control The Way We Think (8mins 25s)
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« Reply #588 on: April 27, 2010, 05:03:23 pm »
A Cyborg Space Race
Robotics & A.I.
Posted: 04/05/10
Author: Leslie Mullen

Summary: Who should explore space: robots or humans? Our ability to travel beyond Earth is hampered by the harsh conditions of space, but rather than let robots have all the fun, could cyborg technology allow humans to make greater strides into the final frontier?


Cyborgs in science fiction, such as the Borg in Star Trek, are often representations of evil. The Borg assimilate others against their will, saying, “Resistance is futile.”

Cyborgs – human beings merged with machines -- are a staple of science fiction. Star Wars’s Darth Vader, Star Trek’s Borg, and the Cybermen of Dr. Who are variations on this theme – and it’s no coincidence they’re all “bad guys.” Cyborgs symbolize one of our greatest fears: that over time, we will become so enmeshed in our technology that we lose our humanity.

The real-life application of cyborg science is far from horrifying. Medical technology has developed implantable heart pacemakers, insulin pumps, hearing aids, and even computer chips for the brain to treat depression and Parkinson’s disease. In that sense, we are already on the path to becoming cyborgs.

Transhumanists believe that the development of such technology will lead one day to “Human version 2.0” – an upgrade of the human body that not only eliminates many of the problems that plague us, but improves upon the basic human design. For instance, some transhumanists envision a day when the human brain will be re-wired with computer chips, allowing us to think, learn and communicate with unprecedented speed and accuracy.

There’s an ethical leap between using technology to help people overcome disabilities, and using it to “improve” healthy humans. The 1972 science fiction novel, Cyborg by Martin Caidin, which was turned into the popular TV show The Six-Million-Dollar Man, bridges the gap by creating a cyborg superman as a life-saving measure. The title character was a NASA test pilot who suffered traumatic injuries when his plane crashed. His legs, left arm, and an eye were replaced with bionic parts, giving him superior speed, strength and vision.

Martin Caidin’s novel may have been inspired by discussions taking place within the space community around that time. NASA had considered the possibility of engineering humans, not to create super heroes, but to help us travel to the other planets and the stars beyond.


Cyborg, a science fiction novel by Martin Caidin.

Building a Better Astronaut

Without a spacesuit, a person could only survive for about 90 seconds in the vacuum of space. Not only does space lack breathable oxygen, but the vacuum pressure would cause the blood in your veins to bubble and expand. Space is so cold – minus 270 C (minus 454 F) – you would be frozen solid in short order. Radiation is another mode of destruction – space contains high energy gamma and X-rays, as well as the lower energy but still harmful UV.

In 1960, Manfred Clynes and Nathan Kline published an essay in Astronautics titled “Cyborgs in Space.” Comparing man in space to a fish out of water, they noted that even if you could bring everything you need on your space explorations, “the bubble all too easily bursts.”

However, if the human body were altered to adapt to the conditions of space, astronauts would be free to explore the universe without limitation.

“Solving the many technical problems involved in manned space flight by adapting man to his environment, rather than vice versa, will not only mark a significant step forward in man’s scientific progress, but may well provide a new and larger dimension for man’s spirit as well,” the authors write.

The Clynes & Kline paper coined the term “cyborg,” and NASA followed up on their suggestions, commissioning a study on the topic. “The Cyborg Study: Engineering Man for Space” was released in 1963, and it reviewed the possibility of organ replacement, as well as how drugs and hibernation could be used to make space travel less stressful. The report concluded that replacing the heart, lungs and kidneys – the organs most stressed by space travel – was not feasible with the technology available at the time.


Astronauts need to wear protective gear to venture out into space. Not only do their lives depend on the spacesuit working properly, but they must limit their time in space because the suits don’t provide much radiation shielding.

In considering how hibernation and drugs could be used to deal with physical and psychological stress, the study’s scope included master control over an astronaut’s brain and body. The current academic discussion of cyborg studies embraces an even broader view of “cyborg” to mean the general impact of technology on our lives.

“You could say that cyborgization started with furs and fire, and certainly with glasses and dentures,” says James Hughes, medical ethicist at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Hughes is the author of the book, Citizen Cyborg: Why Democratic Societies Must Respond to the Redesigned Human of the Future. Hughes says we should acknowledge that we are already living in the Age of the Cyborg. This process has been gradual but steady, and as medical technology advances, more people will opt for the advantages of the latest innovations -- so long as they’re convinced the benefits outweigh the risks. Hughes points to LASIK eye surgery as one example.

“I continue to wear glasses, and one of the reasons is that I want to see more evidence that LASIK really works in ways it’s supposed to,” says Hughes. “I haven’t been convinced yet. I think many people will have that reaction to sticking hardware in their brain. Your laptop is obsolescent almost the day you buy it, so why would you want to stick something in your brain when you’d need surgery in order to replace it?”

Today a surgical brain implant such as the one to treat Parkinson’s disease is a remedy of last resort. But if the technology was more benign, with an easier way for people to download the latest upgrade, such implants might become more common.

“You might imagine that you could swallow a nanotech pill, and nanobots would unfold in your gut and migrate their way past the blood-brain barrier and find where they’re supposed to go,” says Hughes. “You could theoretically give them instructions, and say, ‘It’s time for you guys to flush out because I want the next upgrade.’ They all die and go out in your urine, and then you take another pill.”

Kevin Warwick, of the Cybernetic Intelligence Research Group at the University of Reading in England, isn’t waiting for the invention of medical nanobots. He had a computer device surgically implanted in his arm in two separate experiments.

As recounted in his book, I, Cyborg, the first experiment involved a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip enclosed in a glass tube. The tube was inserted under the skin in his arm, and the RFID chip communicated with a computer. In the second, more invasive experiment, spikes on a silicon microarray were pounded directly into the median nerve in his left arm. This 100 electrode array allowed his nervous system to receive signals from a computer. Warwick and his colleagues performed various experiments, including operating a wheelchair, sending signals over the Internet, and human-to-human communication (via a wire implanted in his wife’s arm). Warwick’s nerve implant was removed after several months, after the planned experiments were completed.


Kevin Warwick with his second cyborg impant. This implant, connected to the median nerve in his arm, allowed him to send and receive signals by computer.

Warwick says that other than tingly feelings in his fingers due to nerve fiber regeneration, he didn’t experience any unusual physical effects from the implant. Before the experiment, he had wondered if his brain would even respond to the electrical signals. If it did accept the signals, would it be able to translate them? Or would the unusual new data overwhelm his brain? Luckily his brain was able to make sense of the input, but when he talks about his experiment with neurosurgeons or other doctors, they often express concern.

“Various surgeons have said I could’ve had serious problems with putting electrical current into my nervous system that was going up to my brain,” says Warwick. “Some of the signals were quite strong, because we were trying to force the brain to not ignore them. My brain could have decided to go on holiday, or I could have gone crazy. It’s probably just as well I didn’t know completely the things that could’ve gone wrong.”

Despite such risks, Warwick sees huge potential in developing implantable computer chips. He’s currently trying to improve the Parkinson’s brain implant to better predict the onset of tremors. He also thinks computer chips could be used to bridge broken nerve fibers, bringing movement back to paralyzed body parts, but this concept remains purely speculative.

“For a serious break or lesion, how much you can bring that into play is a big question,” says Warwick. “We can’t see why people haven’t tried [to use computer chips to stimulate damaged nerves] yet, because it seems an obvious thing to try.”

A lot of cyborg technology remains either speculative or a long way from practical implementation. The development of artificial organs is not too far advanced from what was available when NASA commissioned its cyborg study. Although artificial hearts and lungs are now more compact and better at the jobs they were designed for, they are used mainly as temporary replacements to help patients survive until appropriate donor organs become available. Artificial kidneys – dialysis machines – have posed the greatest challenge, partly due to the need to filter large amounts of fluid. In the 60s, artificial kidneys were the size of a refrigerator. Today, the smallest devices are still not implantable, but a recent prototype can be worn as an extremely bulky utility belt. Artificial bones, blood, skin, eyes, and even noses are now all being developed, and each could conceivably help man cope with the conditions of space. So long as the resulting entity still had a human brain, it could be considered a cyborg rather than an android (a robot that looks like a human).

However, NASA isn’t devoting any thought these days on how to build a better astronaut. Their Human Research Program instead focuses on ways that drugs, exercise, better spacesuits and radiation shielding can mitigate the effects of the space environment on human health. There is more discussion in the space community on how to alter entire planets to suit humans – a process called “terraforming” – than there is on changing man to suit space.

One reason NASA has little interest in cyborgs may be due to their focus on bringing astronauts back home safely. Humans altered for life in space might not fare too well on Earth. Permanent adaptation is an issue for future Mars colonists as well, since over time the weaker gravity could result in thinner bones. While some have advocated “one-way trips,” with people living out the remainder of their lives on Mars, current NASA plans envision stays lasting only 500 days.


Humans on Mars will need to wear spacesuits when exploring the planet. Not only does Mars lack oxygen, but due to the thin atmosphere, astronauts would be exposed to high levels of UV radiation. Martian and lunar habitats probably will be at least partly buried under the soil in order to reduce radiation exposure.

Warwick is disappointed by NASA’s lack of research into the possibilities of a cyber-astronaut corps.

“They’re taking the easier option as far as public opinion is concerned,” says Warwick. “It’s certainly not the most exciting one as far as research is concerned, and hence [not the field] with the biggest potential. So it’s a shame.”

But Hughes says that astronauts, along with all the other people on Earth, will inevitably end up with cyborg upgrades.

“I think that we’re all going to be engineering ourselves for various things in this century,” says Hughes. “Certainly the rigors of space travel are going to require extensive bioengineering, unless we come up with some incredible material science. So I assume that, just like the kinds of things we’ll all be doing on Earth, astronauts will avail themselves of those things.”

To Infinity and Beyond

Robots have been making great strides in the final frontier. From the MER rovers, now in their seventh year of exploring the surface of Mars, to the Huygens probe on Saturn’s moon Titan, to the Voyager spacecraft traveling to the farthest reaches of our solar system and, perhaps one day, the nearest stars, it seems that machines have us beat when it comes to exploring space.

Robots can get their energy from nuclear batteries or solar panels rather than food. They don’t need sleep or water or oxygen, and the long-term effect of radiation is not as destructive as it is for humans. Setting aside the example of HAL 9000 in Arthur C. Clarke’s story 2001: A Space Odyssey, computers are more psychologically suited than humans to spend eternity alone in the cosmos.

NASA has several projects underway to develop better “human-machine interfaces.” The goal of this research is to improve communication between people and computers, making the machines our “avatars” for space exploration.

Hughes thinks there will come a day when this kind of research will allow us to manipulate robots and other machines as easily and naturally as we move our own body.

“I imagine that as soon as we have this kind of direct control over our various kinds of machines, our way of perceiving ourselves will change, just like we currently see our cell phones and cars as extensions of ourselves,” says Hughes.

Perhaps a brain implant linking us to our robots would be the next step in space exploration, greatly reducing communication time across the vast expanse of space. For instance, depending on where Mars is in its orbit, it takes between 3 to 30 minutes for a radio message sent from Earth to reach Mars, and then an equally long time for us to get the response. For more distant destinations, the message relay would take even longer. But thought communication could be virtually instantaneous.


Artificial kidneys are not yet small enough to be implantable. Victor Gura, who is developing an artificial kidney at UCLA’s School of Medicine, models the device.

Warwick says that implanting computer chips in the brain to improve communication is a fairly straight-forward development, much as the telephone was the next step from the telegraph.

“The concept of a talking telegraph was considered crazy,” says Warwick. “I think there’s an element of that [when people consider communicating via brain implants], instead of seeing the scientific potential.”


Brain implants are being used for medical conditions like Parkinson’s disease and depression. Transhumanists think one day brain implants could be used for much more.

One debate in the space community is whether humans or robots should be sent to explore. While there are compelling arguments for both sides, we must find a way to make extended human space travel feasible if we hope to survive when our Sun becomes a Red Giant star in about 5 billion years. When this happens, our planet and all life on it will be consumed. But perhaps by this point in the future, we may have become so merged with our machines that the “human versus robots” debate is moot.

In fact, that’s the conclusion reached by scientists involved in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). Paul Davies, a SETI scientist at Arizona State University, says in his book The Eerie Silence that any aliens exploring the universe will be machine hybrids. Not only are machines better able to endure extended exposure to the conditions of space, but they have the potential to develop intelligence far beyond the capacity of the human brain.

“I think it very likely – in fact inevitable – that biological intelligence is only a transitory phenomenon, a fleeting phase in the evolution of the universe,” Davies writes. “If we ever encounter extraterrestrial intelligence, I believe it is overwhelmingly likely to be post-biological in nature.”

Hughes completely agrees that space travelers will likely be mechanical rather than organic. “If you’re looking out 200 years into the future of the colonization of space, humans are probably not going to be a factor,” he says.


Artistic representation of a human space colony. These habitats would recreate aspects of Earth’s environment, but future colonists may feel like they’re living in a fishbowl.

The Human Element

Those who do not wish to become cyborgs (and who do not embrace our cyborg overlords) may become depressed by such conclusions.

One of the biggest concerns about our future as cyborgs comes out of our experience with computers. If all our brains are connected, what happens if a computer virus is introduced? How will we be able to maintain our privacy if a hacker can plug into our brain? Will there even be such a thing as an individual identity, or will we become like ants in a colony or bees in a hive?

Human-cyborg insect colonies may seem like science fiction, but cyborg insects are now being developed by the U.S. military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Their “HI-MEMS” project inserts a computer chip into an insect pupae, and the chip becomes connected to the body as the insect develops.

“Since a majority of the tissue development in insects occurs in the later stages of metamorphosis, the renewed tissue growth around the MEMS will tend to heal, and form a reliable and stable tissue-machine interface,” says the HI-MEMS website.

Electrical signals could directly stimulate muscles, cells or neurons, while ultrasonic pulses, pheromones, and optical cues also could be used to control the insect’s flight. In this way, DARPA hopes to create unobtrusive and cheaply-made cyborg spies.

According to the HI-MEMS website, “The intimate control of insects with embedded microsystems will enable insect cyborgs, which could carry one or more sensors, such as a microphone or a gas sensor, to relay back information gathered from the target destination.”


Electrodes and a control chip are inserted into a moth during its pupal stage. When the moth emerges the electrodes stimulate its muscles to control its flight.

While the program has created cyborg beetles and moths so far, it’s not yet ready to release swarms of insect spies. DARPA also has funded research to develop cyborg sharks, where smells and electrical signals are used to steer the sharks in desired directions. Other experiments by various researchers to merge animals and machines have used pigeons, cats, and rats. Such experiments are staples of science fiction, from the cyborg dolphin in William Gibson’s Johnny Mnemonic to the housefly monitors in Philip K. Dick's Lies, Inc.

For every dystopian tale of the potential evils of science, there are just as many hopes of how science could free us from a long list of medical maladies. The future of cyborg science likely will be a complicated mix of both good and bad outcomes. Warwick says that scientists, who are driven to investigate for the sheer joy of discovery, don’t spend too much time worrying about the practical results of their research.

“I think it’s important to be aware and to try to discuss the positive and negative sides,” says Warwick. “But to be honest, you never know. With the RFID implant that I had, which was a relatively trivial thing, I found out that a nightclub in Barcelona uses it as a fashion item to attract people to come to the nightclub. You don’t have to pay for your drinks; it’s all charged to your implant. So there’s always going to be something around the corner that you’d just never imagined.”
 
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Re: The Microchip Agenda
« Reply #589 on: April 27, 2010, 05:18:30 pm »
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« Reply #590 on: April 28, 2010, 09:15:53 am »
EPIC GOOGLE FAIL - Google Promotes Implantable RFID Microchips (3mins)
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« Reply #591 on: April 28, 2010, 02:44:42 pm »
EPIC GOOGLE FAIL - Google Promotes Implantable RFID Microchips (3mins)
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« Reply #592 on: April 29, 2010, 11:05:46 am »
Intel Wants Brain Implants in Its Customers' Heads by 2020
Researchers expect brain waves to operate computers, TVs and cell phones
By Jeremy Hsu Posted 11.20.2009 at 3:00 pm


Mind Trip Intel wants into your brain.

If the idea of turning consumers into true cyborgs sounds creepy, don't tell Intel researchers. Intel's Pittsburgh lab aims to develop brain implants that can control all sorts of gadgets directly via brain waves by 2020.

The scientists anticipate that consumers will adapt quickly to the idea, and indeed crave the freedom of not requiring a keyboard, mouse, or remote control for surfing the Web or changing channels. They also predict that people will tire of multi-touch devices such as our precious iPhones, Android smart phones and even Microsoft's wacky Surface Table.

Turning brain waves into real-world tech action still requires some heavy decoding of brain activity. The Intel team has already made use of fMRI brain scans to match brain patterns with similar thoughts across many test subjects.

Plenty of other researchers have also tinkered in this area. Toyota recently demoed a wheelchair controlled with brainwaves, and University of Utah researchers have created a wireless brain transmitter that allows monkeys to control robotic arms.

There are still more implications to creating a seamless brain interface, besides having more cyborgs running around. If scientists can translate brain waves into specific actions, there's no reason they could not create a virtual world with a full spectrum of activity tied to those brain waves. That's right -- we're seeing Matrix creep.

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Alan Watt discussed this article in the following RBN show:

April 15, 2010
Alan Watt "Cutting Through The Matrix" on RBN:
No Crying, No Sorrow, Healthy or Lame,
Peace in the Valley, When Chipped in the Brain:
"Rapid Changes in Reality, The Future's Mapped,
The Social Scientists Know People Adapt,
No Need to Beat Them, Threatened -- Not Slapped,
Public Want Ultimate, Cutting-Edge Mousetrap,
Yes, Every Mousetrap Does Step by Step Train
Whole Populations Toward Chip in the Brain,
Not Content to Be Thinking Sentient Being,
Zombie Crowds will Just Stare, In Heads Seeing
Whatever Their Masters Transmit for Collective,
Scanning, Altering Pathways to P.C. Corrective,
Fleeting, Colourful Distortion-like View Through Prism,
Peace in Unknowing, the Ultimate Prison"
***Dialogue Copyrighted Alan Watt - April 15, 2010 (Exempting Music, Literary Quotes, and Callers' Comments)
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Carbon Credit Documentary Should Not Have Been Shown-BBC
More Climategate Corruption-Carbon and Black-Hearted Profiteers
Lord Oxburgh, Royal Society-Chairs "Independent" Assessment of Scandalous Climatic Research Unit
Lord Oxburgh's Findings-Naturally Vindicates Climate research Unit
More on Oxburgh-Thoroughly Compromised with Shares in Enviro-Companies
Oh Dear, Oxburgh on Advisory Board of Carbon Investment Company-Very Impartial
Brain Implants for Customers By 2020-Pop. Science
Appropriately Named "CellPhones" May be Even More Dangerous to Your Health
American Bioethics advisory Board
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Re: The Microchip Agenda
« Reply #593 on: April 29, 2010, 11:11:46 am »
Singularity watch: US Airmen to serve in parallel universe
2010 April 22
tags: Science, Second Life, technology, Virtual reality, virtual worlds, War
by Mark Baard


Now in Second Life. Photo: US National Guard

The US Air Force, which already owns 12 regions in the virtual world, Second Life, now plans to give each new recruit a duplicate copy of himself to manage for the rest of his career.

The Airman in the first run of a proposed, permanent shift by the US military into virtual reality, will be assigned to a base that matches the one he has outside of Linden Lab’s servers, almost exactly.

The Airman’s avatar, meanwhile, will have a face that crinkles with age. His avatar will also rack up kills, and receive medals, in parallel with his real world rewards.

From a story about the proposal:

This would take place in simulated worlds that mirror the service’s actual facilities. ‘Everyone who comes into the Air Force will be given an avatar, and that avatar travels with them, grows with them, changes appearance with them,’ said Larry Clemons, of the Air Education and Training Command. ‘It will provide them a history of where they’ve been and a notion of where they’re going.’

The experiment also reiterates the US military’s commitment to mastering virtual reality — after most people are unable to distinguish between their first and second lives.

That’s what will happen in the Singularity, a forthcoming period of advanced technological development, in which genetics, nanotechnology and robotics converge, and humans achieve immortality.

The Singularity has been explored and described by Ray Kurzweil and others in the transhuman movement.

And only two years ago, the US Army attempted to define what it might mean to be a leader in the Singularity.

via Airmen to Live Out Their Careers In Cyberspace.

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Alan Watt discussed this article in the following RBN show:

April 23, 2010
Alan Watt "Cutting Through The Matrix" on RBN:
It's Coming Like a Train, Domination of the Brain:
"We Live in a System, Authorized Choices in Variety,
Related by Russell's 'Impact of Science on Society',
We Think We're 'Individuals', Masters Think 'Collective',
Given 'News' to Give Us Views, Upgraded to Corrective,
Beehive Cities Attract Predators, Where They Surely Thrive
On Backs of Slaves Who Just Can't Save, Barely Stay Alive,
Yet U.N. Agenda 21 Intends for All to Live in City
So We're Controlled, Most Accept That, More is the Pity,
To Stave Off Mass Neurosis and Violence from Rubbing Shoulders,
They're Working on Techniques, Which won't Need Police or Soldiers,
Introduced by Insatiable Appetite for Hi-Tech Entertainment,
Brain Interface and Neuroscience, Directed Brain Entrainment,
Most Will Grab These Gadgets -- Fear, Loneliness, Feeling Small,
Give Burden of Mind to Experts, They've Plans to Manage It All"
***Dialogue Copyrighted Alan Watt - April 23, 2010 (Exempting Music, Literary Quotes, and Callers' Comments)
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US Airforce-Each Recruit gets Digital Copy-of Himself
Arizona signs Bill into Law on Illegal Immigration
Low Energy Bulbs and Electro magnetic Field
3D-TV Dangerous for your Brain

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« Reply #594 on: April 29, 2010, 04:19:22 pm »
From The Times
April 23, 2010
Newborn babies to get bar codes instead of handwritten name tags



An NHS hospital has become the first in the country to issue all new born babies with bar codes instead of traditional handwritten tags.

Kettering General Hospital’s maternity unit has introduced the system to end mistakes caused by the illegible handwriting of medical staff.

Now all newborns are getting a personal bar code strapped on their ankles which midwives zap with a scanner to read the baby’s details.

Medical staff can find the child’s name, date of birth, national insurance number and name of the mother in a matter of seconds. They can also trace blood samples at the press of a button via a regional laboratory that tests for conditions such as sickle cell disease and cystic fibrosis.

Bar coding also eliminates the risk of scribbling wrong facts or figures in health notes, so reducing the risk of childhood conditions and diseases going unnoticed.

The move by the foundation hospital, in Northamptonshire,comes after a national safety review. Bar codes are estimated to cut drastically the time spent on paperwork by midwives, nurses and doctors.

Paula Lilburn, the hospital’s information and technology project manager, said: ”The new system is quicker and safer because the bar-coded information can be quickly read by the computers without the possibility of human transcription errors.” The hospital spent three months developing the electronic baby system.

The first babies to be bar-coded were born this week. Previously midwives or doctors wrote the newborn’s name, mother and date of birth and NI number on an ankle band. Midwives would also fill in a handwritten form and send it with blood tests to a regional laboratory. But scientists often faced problems deciphering handwriting, which could lead to some medical conditions failing to be diagnosed.

The ankle bar code also includes a heel prick blood sample label taken after five weeks, which proud new parents can take home with them in a little red baby book.

Gail Johnson, education and professional development adviser at Royal College of Midwifery, said: ” This is about making sure the right information is shared. It makes it safer so there can be no mistakes and streamlines the service. If you have got to write out numbers four or five times there is the potential for mistakes. But if you have got it in a bar code you get rid of mistakes and eradicate human error.”

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Alan Watt discussed this article in the following RBN show:

April 26, 2010
Alan Watt "Cutting Through The Matrix" on RBN:
In Works for Long Time -- The New Paradigm:
Aldous Huxley, Well-Schooled, Never Rude,
New Slaves Would Come to Love Their Servitude:
"Survivors Move On and Above Their Own Kind,
Armageddon is Over, 'twas War On the Mind,
Dumbed Down By Degrees from Below Par to Stupid,
Encouraged to Party, Chase Erotica Cupid,
Our Masters Warned Us, At Least Those with Hearing,
They'd Raise a Generation by Social Engineering,
Responding to Triggers, Such as 'Sustainability',
This From Youngsters with Low Sperm, Poor Motility,
They'll Gladly Pay Carbon Taxes and Privilege Fees,
The Condor to the Con-Gore Gets Down on Knees,
And Kisses the Feet of He-Who-Brought Slavery,
An Actor Really, Coached by Masters in Knavery,
On Armageddon's Plain, All Debris Cleared Away,
New Master's Flag Flutters, Over Billions, Holds Sway"
***Dialogue Copyrighted Alan Watt - April 26, 2010 (Exempting Music, Literary Quotes, and Callers' Comments)
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Blue Skies over Europe as they Were Before Chem-Spray '98
More Farce-Volcanic Cloud which cost Millions to Air Travel-Based on Computer Projection
Real Reason for Grounding Commercial Aircraft-April 12 to 22nd-Largest Test of Allied Nato and Partnership Airforces Ever Conducted
Brilliant Ardent-Military Exercise
New Military Space Vehicle Launched-US
More on US Space Vehicle
Drones Over Britain to Eavesdrop on Everyone
Flu Vaccine Suspended in Australia after Dozens of Children Fall ill-Febrile Convulsions
Flu Jab Kills 2yr. Old
Good Life Over-IMF
Barcodes for Babies instead of Names
China to Sterilize 10,000 in Southern China to Meet Quotas

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Re: The Microchip Agenda
« Reply #595 on: April 30, 2010, 01:48:07 pm »
You might wear computing's next wave
Posted 10/15/2007
By Brian Bergstein, AP Technology Writer


Yochinari Takegawa of Kobe University, in Kobe, Japan, left, wears a heads-up display and a piano keyboard that allows a user to type Japanese characters faster than on a QWERTY keyboard, as he explains the system to Andreas Zinnen, of the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, right, during the International Symposium on Wearable Computers, in Boston, Friday, Oct. 12, 2007.

BOSTON — From clothes riddled with sensors to name tags that detect our moods, computing's next wave could unleash small devices that increasingly augment everyday activities with digital intelligence.
That was the predominant vision at a conference on "wearable computing" held this week in Boston, where researchers showed off prototypes and discussed ideas.

Some attendees took wearable computing to its extreme, donning cyborg-like miniaturized displays attached to eyepieces. But most of what was on exhibit seemed much closer to jumping into a mainstream commercial product.

For example, researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (known as ETH Zurich) showed off stretchable, threadlike sensors that can be woven into shirts to detect their wearers' posture. People with back pain or injuries could be prompted on a PC or a mobile device to straighten up, pronto.

Stephane Beauregard of Germany's University of Bremen displayed a shoe-borne sensor whose tiny accelerometers perform electronic dead reckoning -- providing real-time location tracking in places satellite navigation systems either can't reach or can't describe with precision. For now the sensor has to be held in place by the shoelaces, but Beauregard expects a version that can fit inside a boot heel could be a year away. His first intended market is firefighters and other emergency responders.

Graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab had black plastic badges around their necks that analyze multiple factors -- including motion and speech patterns -- to detect the level of engagement two people are exhibiting in a conversation.

Information gathered from the badges, which weigh just a few ounces and are a bit smaller than a deck of cards, can be sent wirelessly to a computer or a phone to give their wearers helpful tips. Sales reps could be advised that a customer's interest seems to be waning. A doctor could be alerted to indications of depression in a patient being monitored remotely.

The badges might find their first use in gathering reams of data for social network analysis, the study of how groups form and interact. There's big money in applying such research in corporations, which want to ensure that important knowledge doesn't stay trapped in organizational silos. But a lot of data for social network analysis is gathered from e-mail traffic, which only says so much about how people connect with each other.

MIT graduate student Daniel Olguin Olguin said the devices were tested on 25 employees at a German bank and produced surprising insights about alternative ways the office might be laid out. Now Hitachi Ltd. is interested in making the badges for corporate consultants to use with their clients, he said.

Each badge could probably be made for under $100, "and in the future, of course, all of this will be smaller and integrated into your name card," Olguin said.

A prototype shown off by Carsten Mehring of the Colorado School of Mines was far more about convenience. He has embedded wiring into gloves so that snowboarders or motorists could control portable music devices with the faintest squeeze of their fingers -- and nary a glance away from a snowy slope or the road.

"The idea," he said, "is to wear your remote, not to carry it."

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Alan Watt briefly discussed this article in the following RBN show:

April 28, 2010
Alan Watt "Cutting Through The Matrix" on RBN:
Electronic Slave:
Mandated Computer Future, Come, Conform, Behave,
Give Peace to Master, Be Electronic Slave:
"Humanists Praise Darwin, Preachers Pray to Saviour,
Governance Uses Scientist to Alter Our Behaviour,
In the Concrete Jungle, Nothing's there Incidentally,
You're Adapting to New Programs, Introduced Incrementally,
Phone's Tapped, Mail Read, Watched, 24 Hours of 7,
Can't You Smell the Master's Hell, Electronic Heaven?
Penetration into Cyberspace Causes Flattening of Emotion,
Titillation Sucks You On, The Addict's True Devotion,
Churns Out Pea-Pod-People, Personalities All the Same,
Merging with Virtual World, Enjoying Fiction-Fame,
From Singular to Allness, No Danger they Detect,
Having Fun in Body Electric, Trick of the Elect"
***Dialogue Copyrighted Alan Watt - April 28, 2010 (Exempting Music, Literary Quotes, and Callers' Comments)
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Topics of show covered in following links:
People Control using Sensory Tags
Wearable Sensors Watch Workers
Police State UK-Testing Ground for World

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« Reply #596 on: April 30, 2010, 01:55:41 pm »
Wearable Sensors Watch Workers
Sensors that track social behavior highlight the benefits of face-to-face interaction.
By Kate Greene
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
 

Social sense: This sensor was worn by employees at a call center in Rhode Island to record activity and social interaction. MIT and New York University researchers correlated sensor data with productivity.

Office workers who make time to chat face to face with colleagues may be far more productive than those who rely on e-mail, the phone, or Facebook, suggests a study carried out by researchers at MIT and New York University.

The researchers outfitted workers in a Rhode Island call center with a wearable sensor pack that records details of social interactions. They discovered that those employees who had in-person conversations with coworkers throughout the day also tended to be more productive.

The results aren't yet published, but they support research published last December by the same team. This study showed that employees at an IT company who completed tasks within a tight-knit group that communicated face to face were about 30 percent more productive than those who did not communicate in a face-to-face network.

"The big idea is that what you do on your coffee break and over lunch really matters for productivity," says Sandy Pentland, a professor at MIT's Media Lab, who led the study. "Face-to-face networks matter, and the implications are huge."

Many managers probably suspect a link between personal communication and productivity, says Pentland. Conventional wisdom suggests that face-to-face conversations are a useful way to create and maintain strong social networks, which could help workers solve complex customer problems or complete more calls at the center, he says.

However, some managers are slow to implement policies that foster this sort of communication because the connection has been difficult to prove with hard data, says Pentland. Usually, he says, workplace socializing is recorded using participant surveys, which tend to be filled with errors, since it can be difficult to remember the details of social interactions.

"There's all this knowledge that you see in anthropology and sociology [studies] that doesn't make it into management because it's sort of soft data," says Pentland. "But now we can tell which sort of folk wisdom is true . . . We can put some numbers on the table."

Pentland's study used a sociometer, a device about the size of a deck of cards, which participants wear around their necks as they would an identification badge. Each sociometer contains an accelerometer to measure their movement; a microphone that picks up their speech characteristics, such as intonation and cadence; a Bluetooth radio to detect other people wearing sociometers nearby; and an infrared sensor that can detect face-to-face interactions. Worn all day, the sociometers log workers' activity and conversations.

The data collected by each sociometer can, for instance, reveal how central a person is to a social network and how cohesive the network is overall. A more cohesive network is one in which all people talk to each other, thereby forming a closed loop. This may be an important measure of workplace social dynamics: workers in the most cohesive networks were about 30 percent more productive than those who weren't in such networks, according to the call-center study.

The researchers chose a call center for their research because productivity is constantly monitored and recorded--the number of calls and other tasks completed, and the time taken for each of them throughout the day.

"The thing that's really innovative is bringing social-network data together with productivity and performance data," says Eric Brynjolfsson, a professor at the Sloan Business School at MIT, who worked on the project.

The findings come at a time when telecommuting is booming, thanks to digital communication tools such as e-mail, instant messaging, and teleconferencing. Cameron Anderson, a professor at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that organizations could use such findings to weigh the costs and benefits of telecommuting, or to schedule break times for workers. "More interaction will likely bolster information transfer across individuals and departments," he says. "Studies have shown this is extremely important to organizational success."

In the case of the call center, Pentland notes that workers' break times were staggered, making it difficult for many of them to interact in person. "The people who managed to have more cohesive support groups were in atypical situations," he says. The next phase of the study is to see if productivity improves when workers are given opportunities for more direct social interaction.

"The underlying theme here is that humans are social beings," says Pentland, who will present details of the work at the Where 2.0 conference in San Jose, CA, next week. "Technology pushes us toward the abstract, and away from richer face-to-face communication." Without direct communication, he says, many physical signals, such as body language and facial expression, are lost.

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Alan Watt discussed this article in the following RBN show:

April 28, 2010
Alan Watt "Cutting Through The Matrix" on RBN:
Electronic Slave:
Mandated Computer Future, Come, Conform, Behave,
Give Peace to Master, Be Electronic Slave:
"Humanists Praise Darwin, Preachers Pray to Saviour,
Governance Uses Scientist to Alter Our Behaviour,
In the Concrete Jungle, Nothing's there Incidentally,
You're Adapting to New Programs, Introduced Incrementally,
Phone's Tapped, Mail Read, Watched, 24 Hours of 7,
Can't You Smell the Master's Hell, Electronic Heaven?
Penetration into Cyberspace Causes Flattening of Emotion,
Titillation Sucks You On, The Addict's True Devotion,
Churns Out Pea-Pod-People, Personalities All the Same,
Merging with Virtual World, Enjoying Fiction-Fame,
From Singular to Allness, No Danger they Detect,
Having Fun in Body Electric, Trick of the Elect"
***Dialogue Copyrighted Alan Watt - April 28, 2010 (Exempting Music, Literary Quotes, and Callers' Comments)
***LISTEN / DOWNLOAD

Topics of show covered in following links:
People Control using Sensory Tags
Wearable Sensors Watch Workers
Police State UK-Testing Ground for World

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« Reply #597 on: April 30, 2010, 02:09:53 pm »
Japan sees Moonwalking Humanoids by 2015
2010 04 30
From: news.cnet.com



Just as the Obama administration ditches NASA plans to return to the moon, a group in Japan is vowing to send humanoid robots there by 2015. Call it a giant leap for droidkind.

The Space Oriented Higashiosaka Leading Association (SOHLA), a satellite-manufacturing consortium in the Osaka area, has vowed to put bipedal humanoid bots on the moon in the next five years, according to a Jiji Press report. SOHLA is now developing a prototype astro-bot called "Maido-kun" that it hopes will follow in the steps of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

The robot will be smaller than a person and, if it makes it onto the moon, may do things like record astronomical observations and take geological surveys (and maybe do a bit of robot moonwalking).


Line in the sand: Japan´s SOHLA group seems to want to send robots to the moon to record astronomical observations--and draw pretty pictures.

Development costs for Maido-kun are estimated at $10.6 million, but the idea is being floated in part as an economic stimulus project for small and midsize tech firms in the Osaka region.

SOHLA has already worked with Japan´s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). In 2009, it launched the Maido 1 weather observation microsatellite aboard a JAXA HII-A rocket. SOHLA wants its robot to hitch a ride on a JAXA rocket bound for the moon in five years.

"Humanoid robots are glamorous, and they tend to get people fired up," SOHLA board member Noriyuki Yoshida was quoted as saying by Pink Tentacle. "We hope to develop a charming robot to fulfill the dream of going to space."

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Re: The Microchip Agenda
« Reply #598 on: April 30, 2010, 02:34:39 pm »
Use your finger to pay for shopping
April 26, 2010



SHOPPERS in France could soon be able to use their finger to pay for everyday shopping, in a move that aims to tackle fraud and speed up supermarket queues.

High-street bank Accord has been given permission by the French data protection authorities to start a six-month trial into the new biometric payment system.

The idea had been rejected by the Commission Nationale Informatique et Liberté on several occasions in the past because of fears that storing fingerprint data posed a privacy and security risk.

However the new system developed by Accord records the unique pattern of veins underneath a person's index finger - not the fingerprint itself.

The bank - which is owned by Auchan - will offer the service to a number of its current account customers and biometric readers will be installed in a number of its hypermarkets.

Customers begin by registering their finger data securely with their bank.

Touching the finger scanner at the checkout confirms the buyer's identity and the amount is then debited from their account.

The system is already proving popular in Germany, where supermarket chain Edeka has been using it since 2007.