I research media and technology. I've written and presented on the international intersections of technology, media, and culture at SXSW, Salon, the ACLU of Northern California, VICE, Hyperallergic, The Civic Beat, SFAQ, YBCA, the de Young Museum of Art, and more.
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The mesh network blankets areas of town including the main street, the weekly market, the town hall and the train station, and users have access to a local server containing Wikipedia in French and Arabic, town street maps, 2,500 free books in French, and an app for secure chatting and file sharing. The mesh is not linked to the wider Internet, Professor Kerkeni says — a point in his favor when he invites families to connect in this Muslim community. “Some parents ask me if it is safe to connect to the server,” he said. “They don’t allow their little children to connect to the Internet. I say, ‘I know it’s safe.’ ”
—Do we really want a ton of fractured intranets that don’t connect to one another? That sounds like North Korea.
Compton residents weren’t told about the spying, which happened in 2012. “We literally watched all of Compton during the times that we were flying, so we could zoom in anywhere within the city of Compton and follow cars and see people,” Ross McNutt of Persistence Surveillance Systems told the Center for Investigative Reporting. The technology he’s trying to sell to police departments all over America can stay aloft for up to six hours. Like Google Earth, it enables police to zoom in on certain areas. And like TiVo, it permits them to rewind, so that they can look back and see what happened anywhere they weren’t watching in real time. “Our whole system costs less than the price of a single police helicopter and costs less for an hour to operate than a police helicopter,” McNutt said. “But at the same time, it watches 10,000 times the area that a police helicopter could watch.”
YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN FAST AND THOROUGH. At crowded seaports, border crossings, and security checkpoints, high throughput is critical. So is high-quality imaging. The Sentry Portal system offers both—while ensuring safe drive-through operation with robust technology to avoid scanning the cab and driver. This compact drive-through system utilizes high-energy transmission X-rays—capable of penetrating up to 300 mm (11.8 in) of steel—to detect hidden threats and contraband in cargo containers, tankers, and large vehicles. The Sentry Portal system scans containers at a rate of up to 150 trucks per hour.
First-to-market biometric payment system scans your hand of it’s vein layout to identify the customer and their account.
To those unfamiliar with vein biometrics, the way your veins are structured around your body are more unique than a fingerprint, therefore considered a far more accurate form of personal identification - video from the University of Lund, Sweden below:
Paying for a coffee or lunch by simply scanning your palm still sounds like science fiction to most of us. However, an engineering student at Lund University in Sweden has made it happen - making his the first known company in the world to install the vein scanning technique in stores and coffee shops.
The people of Yemen can hear destruction before it arrives. In cities, towns and villages across this country, which hangs off the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula, the air buzzes with the sound of American drones flying overhead. The sound is a constant and terrible reminder: a robot plane, acting on secret intelligence, may calculate that the man across from you at the coffee shop, or the acquaintance with whom you’ve shared a passing word on the street, is an Al Qaeda operative. This intelligence may be accurate or it may not, but it doesn’t matter. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, the chaotic buzzing above sharpens into the death-herald of an incoming missile.
We “see” surveillance through the instruments of seeing—the devices—though less by the humans that manipulate those instruments or the endpoint where the images captured by cameras are actually seen. Generally, when we see surveillance camera images, it’s in the aftermath of something terrible happening—catching someone in the act. For the most part, maybe, people don’t really want to see the process. Weirdos like me want to. When I was trying to explain this interest to someone, he winced and said, “I don’t really need to know how the sausage gets made.” Which, I’ll concede, is a popular and reasonable position. Unless you’ve read The Jungle. (And unless you’ve watched the emergence of ag-gag legislation throughout the United States.)
“In general, technology magnifies power, but adoption rates are indifferent,” Schneier said. “The nimble and relatively powerless make use of new technology faster. They’re not hindered by bureaucracy or laws or ethics. There was an enormous change when they discovered the Net. Now a decade later when the government figures out how to use the Net, it had more raw power to magnify. That’s how you get weird situations where Syrian dissidents use Facebook to organize, and the government uses Facebook to arrest its citizens.”
“Revenues that once flowed to many small accounting firms are flowing to one software package: TurboTax. That process will be repeated in many white-collar industries in the coming decades, Brynjolfsson argued. And technological change is so rapid that even if some accountants retrain, making their way into other industries, there’s nothing to say that the computers won’t annex those industries as well.”
"These are no longer a part of the distant future or a science fiction movie."
*It kills me when they say that. There has never, ever been any science fiction movie about an Industrial Internet-of-Things. Never. There aren’t even sci-fi novels, or short-stories, or comic books about the Internet-of-Things. Zero.
*My science fiction novel “The Caryatids” is sorta kind of about the Internet-of-Things, or about ubiquitous computing anyway, but it’s got next to nothing about what is really coming down the road right now — and coming like a billion-dollar steamroller. Fiction doesn’t stand between the population and technological change any more.
*It’s not that it’s impossible to write that sorta stuff any more, it’s just that very few people who are truly clued-in would bother to do it. Too much lag-time, wrong means of information, wrong demographic to talk at. If you want to speculate about the Internet-of-Things, you just fire up some broadband and go immerse yourself in the scene. Writing science fiction about it is like writing epic poetry about it.
*There must be some publishing platform that is directly connected to the Internet-of-Things. Something GitHub-like, where you just write something catchy and it gets virally spread around by, I dunno, Bluetooth or Zigbee or something. Somebody clue me in on that, and I’ll write something amusing for you. Hey, why not?
Cui Jianbin, a host for a Hubei Television online agricultural news show, went on an on-air rampage lambasting government officials in Hubei province for building a lavish office building on 20,000 square meters of former farmland. Mr. Cui attacked officials for their excessive spending in a county that is listed as poverty-stricken and receives federal assistance. It wasn’t clear how much the building cost, and local government officials weren’t immediately available to comment.
“Government officials think ordinary people are blind,” Mr. Cui said before he was cut off, noting that the officials had “ignored their superiors’ instructions and spent money extravagantly.”
The enraged broadcaster’s rant was finally curtailed when an off-screen colleague interjected. Mr. Cui’s final plea before the video cut to commercial (at the 1:50 mark above): “May I finish?”