Abby Martin speaks with Taylor Lincoln, Director of Research at Public Citizen’s Congressional Watch Division about a new report detailing how Google is invading users privacies and becoming the most powerful and influential political force in Washington.
Harvard psychologists conducted a study recently, which found that not only are humans remembering less and relying on the Internet more, but we’re considering the Internet as an extension of our own intelligence instead of as a separate tool. The Resident (aka Lori Harfenist) discusses. Follow The Resident athttp://www.twitter.com/TheResident
This takes Internet porn to a place it’s never been before: an Australian couple has been caught on camera having sex, and the images have ended up on Google Maps’ Street View feature. RT’s Meghan Lopez takes a look at two pranksters who pulled a fast one on Google and ended up making the most of a what have been a routine mapping project.
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from RoboDaily by Staff Writers
Bielefeld, Germany (SPX) Mar 04, 2013
Scientists have long been dreaming about building a computer that would work like a brain. This is because a brain is far more energy-saving than a computer, it can learn by itself, and it doesn’t need any programming. Privatdozent [senior lecturer] Dr. Andy Thomas from Bielefeld University’s Faculty of Physics is experimenting with memristors – electronic microcomponents that imitate natural nerves.
Thomas and his colleagues proved that they could do this a year ago. They constructed a memristor that is capable of learning. Andy Thomas is now using his memristors as key components in a blueprint for an artificial brain. He will be presenting his results at the beginning of March in the print edition of the prestigious Journal of Physics published by the Institute of Physics in London. . . . Read Complete Report
If the bill is signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, it would greatly change how cars would be made and driven — namely by computers, according to the San Jose Mercury News. About 99 percent of all traffic and fatal collisions are caused by human error, so robots might be a safer bet. Read Complete Report
Big Brother is watching. No kidding. And the warning is coming from none other than Google, which says government spies may be spying on you. Some believe the Google announcement may be related to the recent discovery of the data-mining virus named “Flame.” In a June 3 New York Times article, Andrew Kramer and Nicole Perlroth write.
“When Eugene Kaspersky, the founder of Europe’s largest antivirus company, discovered the Flame virus that is afflicting computers in Iran and the Middle East, he recognized it as a technologically sophisticated virus that only a government could create. . . . Read Complete Report
If you’d like to prevent Google from combining this potentially sensitive data with the information it has collected from your YouTube, Google+, and other Google accounts, you can remove your Web History and stop it from being recorded moving forward. . . Here’s how
You probably woke up this morning to realize the Internet is totally screwy.
Is it the online apocalypse? Not so much. Google, Wikipedia, Boing Boing and others have gone dark, along with thousands of others, who are protesting two anti-piracy bills that are up for debate in the U.S. Congress.
It’s a debate that’s pitted the Web against Washington. And if the goal of these protests was to get people talking, that sure seems to have worked, with every media organization on the planet talking about piracy today.
Many of these sites are using creative techniques to bring attention to the two bills – one called SOPA, the other PIPA – and making very clear their viewpoint on it.
Before you panic, read our quick-and-dirty guide to these online protests.
SOPA Sponsor Calls Protests a ‘Publicity Stunt” as Google Joins in
Google on Tuesday confirmed that it too will join Wednesday’s SOPA/PIPA protest. But before you freak out about the possibility of being without Gmail, Google Search, Maps, or Google+ for a day, know that the search giant is not shutting down its services tomorrow, only raising awareness.
The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), meanwhile, does not appear to be going anywhere, with bill sponsor Rep. Lamar announcing today that a markup of the bill will commence in February—while also slamming the protests as a publicity stunt.
Until then, Google plans to make its opposition known.
“Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet,” Google said in a statement. “So tomorrow we will be joining many other tech companies to highlight this issue on our U.S. home page.” . . . complete report