Sunday, August 5, 2012

Pre-Crime Software Moves One Step Closer to Reality

Nicholas West
Activist Post

The era of Big Data is upon us. Major corporations in the areas of advertising, social media, defense contracting, and computing are forming partnerships with government agencies to compile virtual dossiers on all humans.

This data integration initiative is taking place across the board in our largest federal agencies and departments as part of an Office of Science and Technology outline (PDF) that includes a $200 million upfront investment, as well as a $250 million annual investment by military departments into human-computer interaction.

The $200 million in the Obama program will be spread among the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the U.S. Geological survey, and DARPA to see that the information they collect will move quickly "from data to decisions."

Seeing the vast potential of Big Data management and applications, Oblong Industries - the actual creator of the software that appeared in the movie Minority Report, (known by its propriety name g-speak) - is now offering a commercial version in the marketplace. An AFP article posted at Raw Story is quick to point out that the software has been stripped of its "pre-crime" detection analytics. But should this blanket dismissal by a mainstream news agency be comforting in light of stated U.S. government goals that seek to turn science fiction into science reality?

John P. Holdren, Obama's science czar, and author of the controversial eugenics tome, Ecoscience, is one of those directing the solution to the data overload problem. This alone should force us to be hyper-vigilant.

We also know that the NSA is constructing a massive new $2 billion data center that aims to expand its spy activities by September, 2013:
A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks.
Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital 'pocket litter. It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration... (Source)
The FBI has recently announced that facial recognition will be coming to a state near you:
Recently-released documents show that the FBI has been working since late 2011 with four states—Michigan, Hawaii, Maryland, and possibly Oregon—to ramp up the Next Generation Identification (NGI) Facial Recognition Program. When the program is fully deployed in 2014, the FBI expects its facial recognition database will contain at least 12 million “searchable frontal photos.” (p. 6) (Source)
While Oblong Industries claims to have disabled the analytics portion of the software that could be used in pre-crime screening taken right from the Minority Report film, they state that private companies and law enforcement agencies could certainly augment their scaled-back version by introducing their own analytics.

Furthermore, the earlier-mentioned AFP article downplays the significance of the software by stating that "Oblong currently has no government customers in the United States or abroad but offers itself as 'a core technology provider.'"

However, two of Oblong's current clients are Boeing - the world's second largest defense contractor and drone specialists; and #12 General Electric - specialists in electronic warfare components and military communication systems. Their combined annual sales are more than $35 billion, which makes it quite likely that new technology will be embraced and proliferated. (Source)

Oblong's own website states that their company "works with Global Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and universities to develop custom g‑speak solutions." Their application areas include:
  • financial services
  • network operations centers
  • logistics and supply-chain management
  • military and intelligence
  • automotive
  • natural resource exploration
  • data mining and analytics
  • bioinformatics
  • trade shows and theatrical presentations
  • medical imaging
  • consumer electronics interfaces
(Source: Oblong Industries "Client Solutions")
To reinforce the obvious, Oblong's Chief Executive, Kwin Kramer, has stated flatly that, “We think law enforcement and intelligence are big data users and we think our technology is the leader.”

It is also worth noting that the g-speak "Minority Report" technology was developed at MIT and has been 30 years in the making. MIT has quite a storied history of connections to intelligence agencies; the CIA having actually started the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies (MIT-CIS) in 1950. (Source)

The implied connections are in plain view on MIT's own website:

And Orwell smiles.

Until recently, we might have held out hope that it was the vastness of data collection that was the weakest point for potential tyrants, as it was nearly impossible to sift through, manage, and apply all of it. With the birth of Big Data applications that are literally coming straight from science fiction, however, we might do well to accept the possibility of a truly dystopian reality descending upon us even faster than the speed of thought.

For a glimpse into the cool sales pitch behind Oblong Industries' Big Data management software, please view the following video. While we should keep an open mind to how advancements in computer tech can be exciting and rewarding, while offering novel ways of human interaction, it is most important to ensure that these technologies are not hoarded by governments and elites who have a clear history of negatively impacting true human development, as well as freedom of movement, expression and self-determination.

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Anonymous said...

Unbelievable. Extra creepy that the people that created software for a movie create it for reality. It shows that we are living in someone's script!

Anonymous said...

Even though I have always been a law abiding citizen, when "Thoughtcrime" becomes a criminal offense, I will be on the top ten wanted list.

I will not go peaceably to the "Ministry of Love"

Anonymous said...

1) States need cut all funds (Income Tax, SS, etc) to the fed gov, redirect to state controlled escrow accounts.
2) States remove all branches of the Federal Reserve, plus each state add an amendment banning the ability to borrow.
3) Banks - NO fractional reserve banking; can only loan what money they possess.
4) Freeze assets in the Fed Reserve; do a full audit. Prosecute.
5) States add new amendment to their Constitutions prohibiting their reps from investing into any corporate entity - eliminate insider trading/conflict of interest.
6) Campaign contributions limited to $100 per donor. Allows a higher recruitment base.
7) Lobbyist reform: taxed on donations given ($$ or not); full disclosure of what company, foreign nation, entity, person they represent.
8) Amendment to each state’s Constitution to eliminate legalized bribery- no “donations” that have vested interests in foreign affairs & nations.
9) State’s oversee all aspects of congress monetary system; eliminate the FED Reserve - freeze & seize assets, prosecute owners and 4/5 levels below.
10) Eliminate most branches of the fed gov that begins with “Dept. of..”
12) All wars would have to be acceptable to the majority of states since the people of each state serve. But Only congress can DECLARE war, only after they meet with the National State Council.
13) State amendments against war unless we are physically attacked.
14) Remove Obama/Holder/Panetta, Dempsey, Clinton, Napolitano/etc - prosecute for war crimes, treason, murder, etc (Both Bush's / Clinton's also).
15) Remove all Czars, prosecute them.
15) Fully investigate the Justice Dept: DHS, FBI, CIA, NSA, FED, FDA, USDA, IRS, etc; Prosecute where needed.
16) All found guilty of treason lose US citizenship & all assets seized upon conviction; kicked out of the USA forever.
17 Add an amendment in the Constitution against the fed gov borrowing.
18) Collect the $1 Trillion (+ interest) China owes the USA from the 1940’s/1950’s, divide between each US state. Use $1 million dollars to American owned/operated; small, medium, as a “lower rate taxed grant” paid to the state physically located in. Require a starting wage of $12 an hour of those companies, 80% American citizen workers.
New industrial; or taking over the buildings and type of work of the mega corps kicked out of the USA pay no taxes on the grant. All worker health hazard, environmental laws followed - what good is it if we cannot drink our water, breath our air, grow healthy crops, and have healthy workers. $1 Trillion can be used for business, industry dev of US owned/ operated businesses HERE on US soil, working for the good of our nation.
19) Those who receive Medicare/Social Security still receive it, handled by the states. People could opt out. Medicare (fed) combined with Medicaid (state & local) into one states run entity.
20) Businesses that went along with, developed anything that went against the natural rights of US citizens or the USA would be busted up and proceeds divided among each States; owners, higher management prosecuted. Anyone that takes over that segment of business would get those buildings, etc to use @ lower rate.
21) The Constitution would have ALL domestic enemy amendments removed from it. It IS the highest law of this land.
22) All laws over 10 pages long, written in “legalese” must be dropped. All laws must be short, understandable to the general populace, put up for 3 weeks on the Internet/newspapers so all get a chance to read.
23) The judicial branch will be up for public review of all cases decided every three years by a National State Council, to determine if keeping their oaths. As long as they are following the Constitution they remain a justice for life.
24) Oath takers found to have not kept their Oath should be arrested & prosecuted.
25) Constitution classes will be taught in a manner that all people will understand it Kindergarten through college.
26) Non-citizens pay for their education.
26) Apprenticeships with pay are to be encouraged.

Anonymous said...

According to the Number 2 at the Precrime Observation Office this report is pending violation Article 1 Order FA666. Notice has been served.

andersargentina said...

i agree totally exept no-18, i think you got it wrong, from my knowledge us owes china big time!

VPutin said...

Any fool allowing himself or herself to EVER be arrested for a precrime, deserves what they get. The entire thing is bogus, left wing "science", just like "global warming". It doesn't exist. What do you want to bet Christians and white people are the most often "guilty"?

Unknown said...

Most Americans have become Zombies in their thinking. "What can we do?" or "Its not real" or "That's another nut case". I think their denial is going to cost them a lot. Thank you for the article!

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