Dmitry Orlov: How the Technosphere Threatens the Biosphere and our Freedoms:
Alphabet X is exploring new ways to use AI in food production: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/610549/exclusive-alphabet-x-is-exploring-new-ways-to-use-ai-in-food-production/
"The global Internet giants are in a row, why is wisdom agriculture so favored?": https://technology-info.net/index.php/2019/02/27/the-global-internet-giants-are-in-a-row-why-is-wisdom-agriculture-so-favored/ #Garden #China #ML #Technology #FFHCI
China’s Digilog reaches final round in agritech hackathon: https://technode.com/2019/10/04/chinas-digilog-reaches-final-round-in-agritech-hackathon/
Autonomous Greenhouses 2nd Edition: https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Research-Institutes/plant-research/greenhouse-horticulture/show-greenhouse/autonomous-greenhouses-2nd-edition.htm http://www.autonomousgreenhouses.com/ #Garden #China #ML #FFHCI
Attorney General Bill Barr Will Ask Zuckerberg To Halt Plans For End-To-End Encryption Across Facebook's Apps: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanmac/bill-barr-facebook-letter-halt-encryption
EU Court: Facebook Can Be Forced To Remove Content Worldwide: https://www.apnews.com/4182cda66edd4638b4feea68a5136934
France Set to Roll Out Nationwide Facial Recognition ID Program: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-03/french-liberte-tested-by-nationwide-facial-recognition-id-plan
Study Suggests Hemp Batteries Are More Powerful Than Lithium and Graphene: https://www.cannabistech.com/articles/the-hemp-battery-performs-better-than-the-lithium-battery/ #Technology #Regenerative
U.S. Government Plans to Collect DNA From Detained Immigrant: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/02/us/dna-testing-immigrants.html #Military #SE #InfoSec #Biology
“That kind of mass collection alters the purpose of DNA collection from one of criminal investigation basically to population surveillance, which is basically contrary to our basic notions of a free, trusting, autonomous society,” said Vera Eidelman, a staff lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project.
Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt believes biology is the next frontier in computing: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/02/eric-schmidt-says-hes-eyeing-biology-for-the-next-computing-frontier.html #Biology #Military #InfoSec #SE
Schmidt said he’d like to marry the two worlds as quickly as possible. At one point, he asked the crowd to “build bacteria that absorbs CO2,” adding “We need it at scale and we need it in the next 10 to 15 years.”
US Shale Production Is Set For A Steep Decline: https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/us-shale-production-is-set-for-a-steep-decline/
Corrupt Chinese Mayor Had Thirteen Tons of Gold and Billions in Cash in Home: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7528217/13-5-tonnes-gold-worth-520-million-corrupt-Chinese-officials-home.html #China #Politics #Military
A powerful Communist official in China is suspected to have received 13.5 tonnes of gold and £30 billion cash in bribes.If Mr Zhang’s alleged corruption turns out to be true, he would have been richer than Jack Ma, the wealthiest man in China worth $37 billion (£30 billion) according to Forbes.
China Displays New Hypersonic Nuclear Missile on 70th Anniversary. October 2nd, 2019: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/china-displays-hypersonic-ballistic-nuclear-missile-191001031803778.html #Military #China
China’s military has shown off a new hypersonic ballistic nuclear missile believed capable of breaching all existing anti-missile shields deployed by the United States and its allies.
The vehicle-mounted DF-17 was among weapons displayed on Tuesday in a large military parade led by President Xi Jinping to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
DARPA Director Talks Promise of Life Sciences Research: https://www.defense.gov/explore/story/Article/1969741/darpa-director-talks-promise-of-life-sciences-research/
"I think our focus is about the protection aspect and the restoration, versus enhancements. All these technologies, they are dual use. You can use them for good, and you can use them for evil. DARPA is about using them for good to protect our warfighters."
Doctors are prescribing gardening to improve patients’ health: https://inhabitat.com/doctors-are-prescribing-gardening-to-improve-patients-health/ #Health #Garden
"Bacteria passed from mother to baby may play a role in later health": https://horizon-magazine.eu/article/bacteria-passed-mother-baby-may-play-role-later-health.html
"Study suggests gut bacteria helped shape mammalian evolution":
"New study finds link between gut health and depression":
"A mouse’s metabolism may follow circadian rhythms set by gut bacteria": https://www.sciencenews.org/article/mouse-metabolism-may-follow-circadian-rhythms-set-gut-bacteria
"Spaceflight changes gut bacteria, study finds": https://medicalnewsbulletin.com/spaceflight-changes-gut-bacteria/
"Just three days in hospital can change the bacteria in your gut": https://www.newscientist.com/article/2218280-just-three-days-in-hospital-can-change-the-bacteria-in-your-gut/
"Cooking Food Can Affect Our Gut Bacteria ": https://www.technologynetworks.com/tn/news/cooking-food-can-affect-our-gut-bacteria-324534
Operation Delirium - Decades after a risky Cold War experiment, a scientist lives with secrets:
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/12/17/operation-delirium #Military #Psychedelic
Social media manipulation as a political tool is spreading: https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2019/09/30/social-media-manipulation-as-a-political-tool-is-spreading/ #SE #InfoSec
"The use of computational propaganda to shape public attitudes via social media has become mainstream, extending far beyond the actions of a few bad actors. In an information environment characterized by high volumes of information and limited levels of user attention and trust, the tools and techniques of computational propaganda are becoming a common – and arguably essential – part of digital campaigning and public diplomacy."
Some key findings from the report: