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Careful what you say: Your Samsung TV might be listening

February 9, 2015

 

"Samsung has come under fire from privacy campaigners after it emerged the company’s new smart TVs are capable of listening to your conversations.

Viewers hoping to take advantage of the voice activation feature have been warned by Samsung not to disclose personal information because voice recordings can be captured and transmitted to unidentified third parties.

Privacy campaigners have compared the TV sets to ‘telescreens’ – televisions which also act as surveillance cameras in George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984. Electronic Frontier Foundation activist Park Higgins compared Samsung’s privacy policy to the famous book in a tweet on Sunday. It has already received 14,000 retweets.

Samsung insists it takes consumer privacy seriously, but did not name the third party which translates speech to text."

The issue was first highlighted by the Daily Beast, which warned readers not to talk about incriminating matters such as “tax evasion” and “drug use” in front their TV sets.

Hidden away in Samsung’s privacy policy is a single sentence which may change the way you behave in front of your TV: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.”

The privacy policy goes on to warn: “In addition, Samsung may collect and capture voice commands and associated texts so that we can provide you with Voice Recognition features and evaluate and improve the features.”

The technology is designed to enable viewers to control their TV by using only their voice.

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http://rt.com/uk/230699-samsung-tv-listens-privacy/

 

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In Australia, we have a "National Livestock Identification System" which uses RFID ear-tags or 'bolus' (heavy capsule that resides in the rumen).

 

Pellet-type RFID (such as the above tag) are banned for meat-animal use as the pellet-type was found to travel around the body at times, and can end up anywhere, some were even expelled by the body, or lodged in 'critical' places and caused distress or even death

 

And we won't talk about the dangers of the RF energy on the body.

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Stockton Smart Meters Explode After Truck Causes Power Surge

March 30, 2015

 

I'm sure most of you saw this, but putting it here for the record

 

"STOCKTON (CBS13) — A power surge left thousands without power in Stockton on Monday after smart meters on their homes exploded.

The explosions started at around 8:30 a.m. after a truck  crashed into a utility pole, causing a surge.

When the customers in more than 5,000 homeslb_icon1.png get their power back on will depend on how badly damaged their meters are.

Neighbors in the South Stockton area described it as a large pop, a bomb going off, and strong enough to shake a house.

“The neighbor across the street, his meter doesn’t look as bad but his receptacles are all blackened.” said Brad Abernathy."

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http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2015/03/30/stockton-smart-meters-explode-after-truck-causes-power-surge/

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Are smart homes really that smart?

Jaclyn Brandt

April 8, 2015

 

"Smart cities of the future will include both smart homes and smart cars, all rolled up into the Internet of Things (IoT), but what happens if an integral piece of the equation isn't keeping up? According to a new report, smart homes are innovating much slower than smart cars.

 

A new whitepaper, "Why is the so-called Smart World still So Stupid?" looks at the amount of smart homes that have "intelligent systems installed within them that actually make our lives smarter, easier and safer," and found they are few and far between.

 

"This is because people are confusing 'connected' with 'smart'," said the report. "Just because a house, its devices and its systems are connected to each other and to the Internet, enabling the home owner to monitor and maybe even control what is happening in the home from a smart phone, does not make the house smart."

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http://www.smartgridnews.com/story/are-smart-homes-really-smart/2015-04-08

 

Whitepaper Link:  http://greenpeak.com/Press/PressKit/2015GreenPeakWhitePaperSmartHomeHype.pdf

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My sisters house is like that breezy... I don't agree with it because your daily activities can be monitored by someone with the know-how ( when you go to work, get home, open and close the garage)

She went on vacation last year and I was house and dog sitting... Not a fan of their dog since they never really trained it... But anyhow I went to get something to eat from a local place and I left the key to the house in the house (fml) I sent her a text asking if there was a spare and from 30,000 ft on a plane over the middle of America she opened the garage door... Scared the shit out of me.

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Holy Smoke BIS  and do we really think that signal could not be intercepted by anyone else positioned in between the two of you, OR have opened anyone else's doors either?? 

 

Florida Rolls Out High-Tech “Smart” Street Lights

April 18, 2015

 

 

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"Despite appearances, the “smart” society was never based on saving energy, saving money or saving the environment.

The real aim has been to control the population and conduct absolute surveillance on the larger herd and even every individual."

 

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Easier to read it here

 

http://www.activistpost.com/2015/04/florida-rolls-out-high-tech-smart.html

 

or here

 

http://truthstreammedia.com/theyre-here-and-theyre-watching-florida-rolls-out-high-tech-smart-street-lights/

 

another good site

 

http://www.takebackyourpower.net/

 

 

Smart Meter Opt-Out Fees Rescinded in Arizona, Commissioners fearing Liability

Warren Woodward

April 18, 2015

 

"At a meeting last Monday, and after spending an hour in “executive session” privately discussing the issue with their lawyers, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) rescinded the decision they made last December to allow APS to charge an extortion fee to people who refuse a “smart” meter.

Last December the ACC had approved a $50 up front fee for those not “grandfathered in” with an existing analog meter, and $5 per month to avoid the harm inherent in “smart” meters. That misguided, illegal and ill-considered ACC decision was appealed both by Pat Ferre of Payson, Arizona and I in separate appeals.

In rescinding their previous decision, the slow-learners at the ACC decided to still allow APS to continue trespassing via their bio-toxic surveillance devices, AKA “smart” meters.

Meanwhile, people may continue to refuse “smart” meters at no cost. Be warned however that calling APS to refuse a “smart” may result in customer abuse. While some calls to APS go smoothly, I still get reports of people being told by APS that they have no more analog meters. That APS claim is nonsense; don’t settle for it."

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http://www.takebackyourpower.net/news/2015/04/18/smart-meter-opt-out-fees-rescinded-in-arizona/

 
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SIXTH SENSE FUTURE TECHNOLOGY

 

 
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It’s the beginning of a new era of technology where engineering will reach  new milestones. Just like in the science fiction movies where display of computer screen appears on walls, commands are given by gestures, the  smart digital environment which talks to us to do our work and so on,  these all will be possible very soon. You imagine it and sixth sense technology will make it possible. Isn’t it futuristic? Now it’s time for sci-fi movie  directors to think ahead because the technology shown in there fiction  movies soon will become household stuff. Before few years back it was  considered to be supernatural or tantalizing imagination. But now it has been made possible. Thanks to Pranav Mistry, a genius who introduced mankind to this futuristic technology.

 

What is sixth sense?
 
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Sixth sense technology
is a perception of augmented reality concept. Like senses enable us to perceive information about the environment in different ways it also aims at perceiving information. Sixth sense is in fact, about comprehending information more than our available senses. And today 
there is not just this physical world from where we get information but also the digital world which has become a part of our life. This digital world is now as important to us as this physical world. And with the internet the digital world can be expanded many times the physical world. God hasn’t given us sense to interact with the digital world so we have created them like smart phones, tablets, computers, laptops, netbooks, PDAs, music players, and others gadgets. These gadgets enable us to communicate with the digital world around us.

Sixth Sense is a wearable gestural interface that enhances the physical world around us with digital information and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact with that information. It is based on the concepts of augmented reality and has well implemented the perceptions of it. Sixth sense technology has integrated the real world objects withdigital world. The fabulous 6th sense technology is a blend of many exquisite technologies. The thing which makes it magnificent is the marvelous integration of all those technologies and 
presents it into a single portable and economical product. It associates technologies like hand gesture recognition, image capturing, processing, and manipulation, etc. It superimposes the digital world on the real world.

But we’re humans and our physical body isn’t meant for digital world so we can’t interact directly to the digital world. For instance we press keys to dial a number; we type text to search it and so on. This means for an individual to communicate with the digital world he/she must learn it. We don’t communicate directly and efficiently to the digital world as we do with the real world. The sixth sense technology is all about interacting to the digital world in most efficient and direct way. Hence, it wouldn’t be wrong to conclude sixth sense technology as gateway between digital and real world.  Before Wear Ur World (WuW) came
there were other methods like speech recognition software, touch recognition etc., which empowered us with direct interfacing.
 

This WuW or sixth sense device invented by Pranav Mistry is a prototype of next level of digital to real world interfacing. It comprises of a camera, a projector, a mobile cum computing device and colored sensors which are put on the fingers of a human being. The device efficiently senses the motion of the colored markers. Using them it provides us the 
freedom of directly interacting with the digital world. This technology enables people to interact in the digital world as if they are interacting in the real world.
 
Why choose sixth sense technology?
Humans take decisions after acquiring inputs from the senses. But the information we collect aren’t enough to result in the right decisions. But the information which could help making a good decision is largely available on internet. Although the information can be gathered by 
connecting devices like computers and mobiles but they are restricted to the screen and there is no direct interaction between the tangible physical world and intangible digital world. This sixth sense technology provides us with the freedom of interacting with the digital world with hand gestures. This technology has a wide application in the field of artificial intelligence. This methodology can aid in synthesis of bots that will be able to interact with humans.

 



How does sixth sense works?




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The sixth sense technology uses different technologies like gesture recognition, image processing, etc. At present the commercial product isn’t launched but the prototype is prepared. The sixth sense prototype is made using very common and easily available equipments like pocket projector, a mirror, mobile components, color markers and a camera.
The projector projects visual images on a surface. This surface can be wall, table, book or even your hand. Thus, the entire world is available on your screen now. When user moves their hands to form different movements with colored markers on the finger tips, the camera captures these movements. Both the projector and the camera are connected to the
mobile computing device in the user’s pocket. Recognition is made using computer vision technique. These markers act as visual tracking fiducials. The software program processes this video stream data and interprets the movements into gestures. The gestures are different from one another and are assigned some commands. These gestures can act as input to application which is projected by the projector. Since, the projector is aligned downwards for compactness; therefore images would be formed at the user’s feet if mirror wasn’t used. The mirror reflects the image formed by the projector to front. The entire hardware is fabricated in the form of a pendent. The entire product cost around $ 350 and that also because of projector. It works very similar like a touch screen phone with entire world as the screen.
 
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Former Path Execs Launch Smart Kitchen Startup To Try And Reinvent The Oven

Michael Wolf

June 9, 2015

 

 

"Back in November 2013 when two high profile execs by the name of Matthew Van Horn and Nikhil Bhogal left social media startup Path to found their own company, a few eyebrows were raised. Not so much because they were leaving Path, which at the time was struggling to pull itself out of the long shadow of Facebook and differentiate from other social sharing apps like Snapchat, but more because the two were tight-lipped about what exactly their new company would do.

 

Guessing what they were up to based on their past work didn’t make things any easier to narrow down. A look at their resumes shows each had surfed some of the biggest waves in tech over the past decade, which meant they could go in any number of directions. Before running business development at Path, Van Horn was a cofounder of car sharing service Zimride (which would later become Lyft), and before that social news site Digg. Bhogal had worked with Van Horn at Path as the company’s lead iOS developer, and before that had been one of the leading research and development execs at Apple AAPL +1.15% in the area camera design, amassing an impressive array of patents in the process.

Maybe The Last Place You’d Expect: The Kitchen

So when the two started reaching out to analysts and journalists over the past month, it was perhaps a bit surprising what they had to share: their first product from their super-secretive startup would be a kitchen oven.

What makes this so surprising is that of all the new devices resulting from the Internet of Things wave of innovation the last few years, kitchen appliances haven’t exactly been at the top of many “most sexy gadget” lists. That’s because a device that’s normally used to bake a tuna casserole almost seems retro compared to today’s poster children of consumer IoT like the Apple Watch or Nest thermostat. But as Van Horn told me when he was showing me the product, “there hasn’t been any real innovation in the kitchen since the 70s with the introduction of the microwave oven.”

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The June Intelligent Oven

So after $7 million in venture funding, 22 engineers and almost two years of development, today the two are finally unveiling their first product: the June Intelligent Oven. What type of oven does such a big investment of money and manpower create?

A pretty nice one, if the demo they showed me is any indication.

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When I first saw the June Intelligent Oven, I thought it looked like love child of a toaster oven and 3D printer. That’s because unlike most wall ovens, the front of the June is almost all glass, and it has touch screen interface the size of a typical smartphone embedded within the glass. Below the touch screen is a turn knob, which looks decidedly old school next to the touch screen.

So why a knob? “We felt important to add knob because it lets us bridge the future, which is mostly touch, with the past, which has always been knobs,” said Bhogal. “Basically we built a custom user interface around touch and knobs.”

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelwolf/2015/06/09/former-path-execs-launch-smart-kitchen-startup-to-try-and-reinvent-the-oven/

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Smart Meters Snitch on Water Wasters in a Drought


June 15, 2015

Klint Finley

 

 

"THE SPRINKLERS WERE running so hard at a McDonalds in Long Beach, California, recently that water was pooling up and running into the streets. A few employees, fed up with the wastefulness in the midst of a severe drought, reported the scene to the city.

 

Local ordinances restrict the amount of time businesses and residents can spend watering their lawns, and what days and times they can use water for such purposes. But the Long Beach Water Department isn’t a spy agency. It doesn’t have the resources to conduct surveillance or stage sting operations to catch water wasters in the act. All it could do, explains director of operations Tai Tseng, was send letters to people and businesses accused of violating the rules and hope they changed their behavior. At least until Internet-connected water meters came into the picture.

Traditional water meters essentially provide a running tally of how much water a customer has used. Your bill is based on your current total, minus last month’s total. The utility has no idea how much water you actually use on a day-to-day basis, let alone what time of day you use the most water. But to enforce water restrictions, utilities need to know exactly that. The Long Beach Water Department is one of a small but growing number of utilities turning to electronic “smart” meters to solve the problem.

After employees reported McDonalds for water usage violations, the Water Department installed a meter at the restaurant that reports water usage over the web every five minutes. Not only did this provide the city with the proof it needed to fine the restaurant, it also provided McDonald’s with data it could use to clean up its act. Tseng says the restaurant ended up completely revamping its landscaping to use less water."

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http://www.wired.com/2015/06/smart-water-meters-let-cities-spot-drought-defiers/

Spying is still spying, even if in some cases it could end up helping.  It's just the whole idea, I don't care for.

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Facial recognition to be used at music festival.

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http://www.policeoracle.com/news/uniformed_operations/2015/Jun/04/first-time-for-facial-recognition-at-music-festival_88467.html

 

 

Over the weekend, Leicestireshire police planted a series of "strategically placed cameras" throughout the grounds of an outdoor concert—ironically called the Download Festival—to scan the faces of more than 100,000 people and match them against a database of wanted criminals across Europe.

 

The justification is that the scans would help catch cell phone thieves and other petty crime at the festival,

 

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/06/16/facial-recognition-fest-uk-police-scan-100000-concertgoers

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Teens are developing a color-changing condom that detects STIs

 

Jun 23, 2015, 2:56pm CT

For decades, people have been trying to build better condoms, from Bill Gates’ super-thin next-generation rubber to this jaunty lil’ penis chapeau. (Let’s not even talk about this full-pelvis jockstrap that’s basically a recipe for vulva rugburn.) But we've yet to develop a next-generation condom that can actually convince teenage boys to strap them on. 

Now, however, there’s a contender on the horizon: a condom that makes your junk turn crazy-cool colors.

That’s the premise behind this magic condom created by 14-year-old Daanyaal Ali, 13-year-old Muaz Nawaz, and 14-year-old Chirag Shah, three enterprising teens who debuted their creation at the TeenTech Awards in London. Called the S.T. Eye—hey, they’re scientists, not professional humorists—the condom changes color if it detects sexually transmitted infections, providing some trippy visuals if not some awkward mid-coitus conversations with your partner.

 

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The condom contains a layer of molecules that attach to bacterial indicators of common sexually transmitted infections, like chlamydia, syphilis, or HPV. This causes the molecules of the latex to change color depending on the infection it detects. So, for instance, if your partner has chlamydia, the condom will turn green, while syphilis will make the condom turn blue.

 

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Ali said his team came up with the concept for the condom as a way to combat soaring global STI rates.

“We wanted to create something that makes detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before, so that people can take immediate action in the privacy of their own homes without the invasive procedures at the doctors,” he said. “We've made sure we're able to give peace of mind to users and make sure people can be even more responsible than ever before.”

 

bit more…bits of the article has stated there was still some issues ….

 

"It’s also worth noting that the S.T. Eye has yet to actually come to fruition; in fact, a TeenTech representative was careful to say in an email to the Daily Dot that the team’s idea was “very much a concept and... not a finalized design.” 

 

great idea though !

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Apple Watch ‘sales plunge’

Chris Griffith

July 9, 20!5

 

 

 

 
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There are reports that sales of the new watch have plunged by 90 per cent since the opening week of sales.Source: AFP

Some Apple Watch users have taken to Twitter suggesting the watch is leaving burn marks on their wrist.

 

 

“Not worn my Apple watch today, yet there seems to be some sort of burn anyone else got this too?”, said Twitter user Dinalli, who described herself as an iOS app developer.

“My Apple watch has burnt a hole in my wrist!!”, said another Twitter user, Andrew Terry.

So far the claims seem extremely few in number considering the millions of people wearing the device.

Apple isn’t commenting on the claim, but it does warn on its support site that some people might experience reactions to certain materials in the watch. This is despite thousands of material composition tests and more than a thousand prototypes worn for trial studies, the site says.

Some people might experience reactions “due to allergies, environmental factors, extended exposure to irritants like soap or sweat, and other causes”, the website says.

It warns users to be aware that the watch and some of its bands contain nickel and methacrylates."

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http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/apple-watch-sales-plunge/story-e6frgakx-1227434714854

maybe not so smart?  sales have plunged 90% since they started selling them

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Zuckerberg: The Future Of Facebook Is Telepathy

Facebook's founder says one day people will be able to send "full rich thoughts" to each other using technology.

09:32, UK,Wednesday 01 July 2015

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has big ambitions

 

"One day, I believe we'll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology.

"You'll just be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too if you'd like."

He added: "We used to just share in text, and now we post mainly with photos. In the future video will be even more important than photos.

"After that, immersive experiences like VR will become the norm. And after that, we'll have the power to share our full sensory and emotional experience with people whenever we'd like."

He said devices worn "all the time" would allow us to "improve our experience and communication".

The comment has since been deleted, but it is unclear why.

http://news.sky.com/story/1511334/zuckerberg-the-future-of-facebook-is-telepathy

 

 

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"The first two mines in the world to start moving all of their iron ore using fully remote-controlled trucks have just gone online in Western Australia's Pilbara. Mining giant Rio Tinto is running pits at its Yandicoogina and Nammuldi mine sites, with workers controlling the driverless trucks largely from an operations centre in Perth, 1,200 kilometres away."

 

"The company is now operating 69 driverless trucks across its mines at Yandicoogina, Nammuldi and Hope Downs 4.

The trucks can run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, without a driver who needs bathroom or lunch breaks, which has industry insiders estimating each truck can save around 500 work hours a year."

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-18/rio-tinto-opens-worlds-first-automated-mine/6863814

 

Soon there will be no bus, truck or taxi drivers.

Technology will set us free.

To work longer hours.

In the unemployment line.

 

With all these new concepts some of the old concepts has to go.

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ZUS - The Smart Car Charger

 

 

well there you go then  lol   never get into someone else's car by accident again!

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Smart Car Seat Senses Driver’s Physical And Mental State

November 23, 2015

 

 

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"LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – A new smart car seat can keep a driver calm by actively monitoring the commuter’s physical and mental status, according to the maker.

“We’ve built a seat called Active Wellness. And what it does is allows us to understand something about your heart rate, your respiration rate, and then analyze that to really understand your stress level,” said Matthew Benson, an advanced innovation manager at Faurecia, one of the world’s largest automotive-equipment suppliers.

If you feel stressed, the Active Wellness seat uses a biometric sensing system to activate a massage function or a heating or cooling sensation. If you feel drowsy, it could let you know before you realize it yourself.

“The way your heart rate and your respiration rate change, we have some proprietary algorithms that we’re developing that looks at those changes,” Benson said.

Faurecia teamed up with NASA engineers, the Spine Research Institute at Ohio State University and researchers at Stanford University to help create the seat’s embedded sensors that can collect vital signs without touching the skin."

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http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/11/23/smart-car-seat-senses-drivers-physical-and-mental-state/

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Hal 2015: Car snitches on its driver after hit-and-run

December 7, 2015

 

 

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"A Florida driver got shopped to the police by her own car after she left the scene of an accident in Port Saint Lucie. 

 

Cathy Bernstein’s Ford Focus has the sometimes-useful, always-creepy 911 Assist feature which sends the car's location to authorities and uses your phone to connect the driver “directly to local responders even if you are unable to reach the necessary controls.”

 

Like David Hasselhoff’s KITT or Dave’s Hal, they could always be listening.

 

“After relaying details of the accident and your vehicle's location, 911 Assist will open the line so that you can speak directly with the 9-1-1 Call Taker,” according to Ford.

 

Bernstein’s car received “extensive front-end damage” and she drove off with the airbag still deployed, report WPBF 25 News."

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https://www.rt.com/usa/325021-hal-car-snitches-driver/

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Smartphones to die out 'within five years', says new study

Adam Boult

December 8, 2015

 

 

 

According to a new study of 100,000 consumers, mobile technology is expected to be replaced by artificial intelligence

 

"Many consumers believe smartphones will cease to exist within five years, according to new research carried out by researchers on behalf of Ericsson.

The company's ConsumerLab questioned more than 100,000 customers in its native Sweden and 39 other countries, seeking their views on their technological desires for the future.

Half of the respondents said they thought mobile technology would be a thing of the past by 2021, with increasingly prevalent artificial intelligence superseding many of its functions.

Rebecka Cedering Ångström of Ericsson ConsumerLab said: "A smartphone in the hand, it's really not that practical. For example, not when one is driving a car or cooking. And there are many situations where display screens are not so good. Therefore, one in two think that smartphones will belong to the past within five years."

She also predicts that evolving technologies will enable customers to enhance their leisure time."

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/12039813/Smartphones-to-die-out-within-five-years-says-new-study.html?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook

Hmm, are we falling right into the "chip" trap?

Tx Landdownunder

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It seems there are some going anti-techno, after all, why does this please me?

 

Techno-skeptics’ objection growing louder

December 26, 2015

By Joel Achenbach

 

 

"Astra Taylor’s iPhone has a cracked screen. She has bandaged it with clear packing tape and plans to use the phone until it disintegrates. She objects to the planned obsolescence of today’s gadgetry, and to the way the big tech companies pressure customers to upgrade.

 

Taylor, 36, is a documentary filmmaker, musician and political activist. She’s also an emerging star in the world of technology criticism. She’s not paranoid, but she keeps duct tape over the camera lens on her laptop computer — because, as everyone knows, these gadgets can be taken over by nefarious agents of all kinds.

 

Taylor is a 21st-century digital dissenter. She’s one of the many technophiles unhappy about the way the tech revolution has played out. Political progressives once embraced the utopian promise of the Internet as a democratizing force, but they’ve been dismayed by the rise of the “surveillance state,” and the near-monopolization of digital platforms by huge corporations.

 

Last month, Taylor and more than 1,000 activists, scholars and techies gathered at the New School in New York City for a conference to talk about reinventing the Internet. They dream of a co-op model: people dealing directly with one another without having to go through a data-sucking corporate hub."

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/classic-apps/techno-skeptics-objection-growing-louder/2015/12/26/e83cf658-617a-11e5-8e9e-dce8a2a2a679_story.html

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Your smartphone is making you hallucinate

January 5, 2016

Haley Golddberg

 

 

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"Ever reach for your vibrating smartphone in your pocket, only to find it didn’t buzz at all?

 
You’re not alone.
 
It’s called “phantom vibration syndrome” — yes, it’s a real psychological phenomenon — and studies in the past few years have found, when surveying college undergraduates, that the majority experience a “phantom vibration” once every two weeks.
 
Georgia Tech School of Public Policy professor Robert Rosenberger explains the phenomenon in a recent video.
 
He calls it a real hallucination, and chalks it up to our phones giving us a new “learned bodily habit.”
 
“The phone actually becomes a part of you, and you become trained to perceive the phone’s vibrations as an incoming call or text,” Rosenberger explains. “Due to these kinds of habits, it becomes really easy to misperceive other similar sensations.”
 
So if your phone shifts in your pocket, your pants brush up against something or you have a quick muscle spasm in your leg, it’s easy to think it’s a vibration and eagerly grab for your device — only to find no one’s calling.
 
Bottom line: One emoji at a time, our smartphones are training us. That’s not scary at all."
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AI  ??   being terra formed via technology?
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DARPA Announces Program To Create 'Cyborgs' By Letting Humans Talk To Computers

 

The US Military's experimental research division DARPA have confirmed that they're to begin work on the world's first human computer interface. This would effectively allow soldier 'cyborgs' to connect directly to computers and 'talk' to them.

 

DARPA would in the aim to enable soldiers to communicate with their equipment simply by thought.

The program, entitled Neural Engineering System Design (NESD) has been designed to create a "implantable neural interface able to provide unprecedented signal resolution and data-transfer bandwidth between the human brain and the digital world."

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/01/21/darpa-announces-program-to-create-cyborgs-by-letting-humans-talk-to-computers_n_9038120.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

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