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‘Eyes in the Sky’: The Scary Realities of Wide Area Surveillance

‘Eyes in the Sky’: The Scary Realities of Wide Area Surveillance

“Someday most major developed cities in the world will live under the unblinking gaze of some form of wide-area surveillance,” writes Arthur Holland Michel in Eyes in the Sky, a startling, disturbing, and deeply reported account of the powerful new technologies that promise safety and imperil privacy on an unprecedented scale. Imagine an aerial video...

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DARPA, Imagineer of War, Names a New Director

DARPA, Imagineer of War, Names a New Director

The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has a new director, Victoria Coleman. DARPA is the US. government’s arm for applied high-technology.  Reporter Sharon Weinberger calls the men and women of DARPA The Imagineers of War. Her book of the same name is a good introduction to one of DARPA’s most important functions:  imagining new ways...

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DARPA: AI Could Bring Mental Telepathy to the Battlefront

DARPA: AI Could Bring Mental Telepathy to the Battlefront

Can you imagine shooting a gun just by thinking? The resident geniuses at DARPA can. They are in the fine phrase of Sharon Weinberger, “The Imagineers of War.” (If you’re obsessed with DARPA like me, read Weinberger’s book. The people at DARPA sometimes make the future, and sometimes fail miserably.) Now they’re talking about mental...

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Inside DARPA’s Push to Program Soldiers’ Brains

The brains at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency are pushing the frontier of neuro-technology. When pressed by reporter Michael Joseph Gross, DARPA officials downplay the sci-fi implications of their work but the goal of integrating computer technology into the human brain seems unmistakeable. And secrecy conceals much of what they do.