Artificial intelligence (AI) is in the headlines every week now from driverless cars to high-frequency stock trading algorithms that outperform any human. Computers now beat the best human players at chess and almost any other game and have even begun to interpret emotions from facial expressions and create works of art.
AI has also surprised human doctors at diagnosing difficult-to-spot eye conditions on scans. Yet as much as these advances may make our lives easier, it is this last area, visual recognition, that corporations and governments around the world are now using to build an unprecedented surveillance state.
There are between 5 and 6 million surveillance cameras in the United Kingdom and over 176 million now in China. But for this vast network of recording devices to be truly effective, they would need an equally vast number of humans watching them in real time, around the clock.
Artificial intelligence trained to detect human activity, recognize faces, identify silhouettes and track movement in shadows has no such limitation. Not only will artificial intelligence monitor tens of millions of video feeds in real time, but it will enter the data into a predictive matrix.
When computer recognition for video footage, by itself, is combined with the vast pattern-matching potential of artificially intelligent algorithms, the system begins not only to detect crimes in progress but predict them before they occur and send law enforcement or security resources there ahead of time.
A location-based variant is already in use in Milan, Italy and Los Angeles, California.
The system employed in Milan is known as KeyCrime and has been predicting robberies for more than ten years. The American version, PredPol, is now hard at work in 40% of the nation’s largest police departments, again providing estimates of the time and location for future crimes. But Systems now coming online in China and elsewhere go much farther.
With the use of video-linked artificial intelligence, and by linking security camera footage to individuals and feeding it with thousands of data points about each subject, the goal becomes not simply to predict when and where a crime might occur, but who will be responsible. The artificial intelligence watches you purchase a kitchen knife and it files the information away and does not act. A week later, if you buy a roll of tape and a set of gloves, the system may consider this alongside a variation in your daily traffic patterns to flag your behavior for analysis.
The Chinese company…. Uniview…. is tasked with identifying Chinese citizens who travel to specific countries, such as Vietnam and Myanmar, and then marking them for more intensive data collection. In July of this year, the Chinese government announced that it plans to spend $150 billion to construct an artificial intelligence industry by the end of 2030.
In Russia, VisionLabs is providing advanced, real-time facial recognition software to their government and in the United States, the software and hardware company Nvidia is doing the same thing. Can You Say: PRIVACY ISSUES?
With traditional computer programming models, the code may be complex but is still decipherable to human programmers. With trainable and evolved artificial intelligence systems, the code is now becoming a “Black Box” because it is modified not by the programmers but by its own interaction with the environment.
It is entirely possible we are building the perfect Police State and its level of control will be both absolute and outside of the reach of its human masters.
Reality Is: When confronted by a bully, if you show weakness you will get more of it! This doesn’t mean escalating the situation into a fight, but it certainly doesn’t mean scampering off to avoid further confrontations.
Bullies do not pick on those who are bigger, stronger and more aggressive. Their victim of choice is the weak, the mild, the fearful. Which is most children. It’s not personal, they are simply bullies, and bullies have their own problems.
Bullies seem to need constant reinforcement that they are bigger, tougher, smarter and what serves their interest is what everyone needs. They view it as Leadership, when it is really a sign of weakness and fear.
Bullies are NOT New! What’s NEW is a society of weaklings! Instead of teaching our children how to deal with bullies we are…
a. defining bullying down — Everything is now bullying
b. protecting children from any and all forms of bullying — so they never learn; never strengthen.
This has now found its way into Adult behavior, as those who are responsible to keep a society safe and strong apply the same lessons to International Bullies.
Giving in to an Iran, on nuclear development, will NOT stop Iran from developing a nuclear capability. Everyone above ground knows this!
An Iran with nuclear capability (or the possibility) will alarm everyone in the ‘neighborhood,’ and stimulate an Arms Race, for protection. Everyone above ground knows this!
A stronger and more threatened Turkey will destabilize an already tenuous situation. WE have forgotten or ignored The Ottoman Empire! THEY have not!!
A stronger and more threatened Saudi Arabia will push them toward a confrontation: Yemen? Persian Gulf? Such a situation will bring the U.S. into the fray.
A stronger and more threatened Jordan will create more possibilities of confrontation on their border with Syria (An Iranian protectorate — along with a growing Russian influence).
Do we know all this? Of Course! I do, and I’m not an expert in foreign affairs…or anything else. But I DO know human nature and what I know of it ‘ain’t good!’
When did children stop going off in the Summer to swim in the creek? To swing from trees, on a rope, and drop into the water? To build go-carts out of lawnmower engines and drive them around? To ride their bikes great distances, just to get an ice cream cone? To be off and away from home all day, during the Summer, without parents worrying?
Some will say when the world got more dangerous. The Truth? When Mom went to work and worried about what was going on at home. Dad didn’t worry. Dads rarely think of their children while at work.
When the Family was functioning the way it is designed, bullies were confronted and contained. Children were expected to ‘take care of business.’ If it was dangerous, parents would step in, but not before. Often a phone call to the bullies father, did the trick.
Today? The father (or mother) thinks their child can do no wrong and will probably bully anyone who dares suggest otherwise. In my day, EVERY parent knew their child was capable of all sorts of anti-social behavior. Parents automatically assumed their child did what an adult said they did….until or unless there was evidence to the contrary.
Doesn’t sound Fair, does it? It isn’t. But, this is LIFE! Human Beings, especially children, are capable of all sorts of dangerous and destructive behaviors. Some of it out of childishness (they are in training). Some of it out of pure evil (their hearts are deceitful above all things and desperately wicked Jer. 17:9).
Have you NOT seen your 2 year old express pure rage? Lash out against another child in dangerous ways….simply because they WANT something or the other child found it interesting and started playing with it? Did you teach them this behavior? Or did it come with their “heart?”
Remember the Code of the Two-Year Old: What’s Mine Is Mine! If It’s In My Hand, It’s Mine! If I Put It Down And You Pick It Up To Play With It, It’s Mine! This List is Long and highly instructive to naive parents.
The so-called “Greatest Generation” grew up under the worst conditions anyone did (in the 20th century). The Great Depression robbed them of a ‘normal’ childhood. Many worked to put food on the table for the family. A large number had no parental supervision during the day.
When war came….just as they were beginning their careers and families… they WENT! Not complaining. Not running to Canada for asylum. NOT cutting off fingers to avoid the Draft.
When they came home….they went to work! They didn’t complain. They didn’t wallow in self-pity. They didn’t even talk about their war experiences, they simply went to work: building their lives, building their families.
They did this responsible thing BECAUSE of the way they were raised!
Experts say a Nuclear Treaty with Iran will threaten the entire Region and create a dynamic where everyone who can, will want The Bomb. They say the stronger nations will not sit by while Iran develops a bomb. They say there will be WAR!
Our Experts? Influenced by 70 years of coddling bullies and pretending everyone is Nice and Good? Driven by the desire to be a part of the Global Community instead of the Strongest and Most Advanced Society on the planet? Acutely aware of what people think of them? They Want A Treaty!
What Do You Want?
ps. Those of you who think my characterization is out in left field? You are part of The Problem! Ask your grandparents what life was like in their day. Ask them how many times they were ‘baby-sat. Ask them how many times their parents immediately took their side in a conflict with teachers or other students. Ask them how many times they came home from school complaining about a bully.
Posted September 18, 2015
The Church Freedom Institute Reports 1 Christian Is Martyred Every 5 Minutes, World-Wide.
E.U. “Re-Thinking” Their Welcome Of Muslim Immigrants In The Wake of Violence. Croatia is shutting their border in the wake of the chaos and ‘trashing’ of their countryside by angry mobs. Iranian Leaders still threatening ‘Death To America.’
Imam: “Muslim immigrants should breed with Europeans to ‘Conquer Their Countries.”
Great Britain: Scientists are experimenting with genetic manipulation of human embryos. Assure the world they have no plans of altering future generations. Translation? This is exactly where it’s headed. China has also been doing this research, using the same techniques and tools.
Temple Mount: Violence continues as High Holy Days continue. Saudi Arabian King lobbying President Obama to intercede on behalf of Muslims. Palestinian Leader threatening reprisals. Jordanian King warning Israel about interfering with Muslim worship.
Posted August 18, 2015
Pastor Abedini Focus Of New Iranian Prison Raid– Obama Administration Ignores His Plight In Negotiating Treaty:
Human Right Activists News Agency Iran reported on Wednesday that Pastor Saeed [Abedini]’s condition in Rajai Shahr prison was very worrisome and that on August 6th, prison guards raided Pastor Saeed’s prison cell again,” the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) outlines. “The news agency reports that Saeed was the sole target of the raid and that the guards’ actions toward Pastor Saeed were dishonorable and harsh.”
The organization, which has been fighting for Abedini’s release for nearly the past three years, also says that the Iranian government has not allowed the pastor to speak to his wife and children via telephone.
Posted July 31, 2015
INDIA: A mob of 100 Hindus raided a Church Supper in a village in Northeast India, seriously injuring 3 Christians, including a 7 year old girl, back in April. Church members have now fled that village. Rev. David Boro of Guwahati said, “Right now there are no Christians in the village. The Christian families who were the main target of the attack are no win a safe-house after they were released from the hospital. The more critically injured are still there. When they are released, they too will flee.
NIGERIA: Muslims killed a church pastor and more than 70 other Christians in Plateau state in May. They then set fire to the buildings. The pastor is dead, along with a woman who had been married in the church only 2 weeks earlier.
Sources report sieges and invasions are routine almost every day and, to date, there has been no serious action from any quarter by the government. Church leaders view this as a ‘war by Islam to eliminate Christianity’ in Nigeria.
AND PASTOR ABEDINI IS STILL IN AN IRANIAN PRISON!
POSTED July 24, 2015
Over 1,000 children have been killed in airstrikes during the nation’s ongoing civil war. An additional 1.5 million people have been wounded for life in the airstrikes that have been carried out by Syria’s government, according to a new report from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The Christian Post reports the children are extremely vulnerable in the conflict. An attack in Aleppo left children “burned beyond recognition” in May, as barrel bombs were used.
U.N. envoy to Syria and Iraq Staffan de Mistura said at the time of the attack, “The use of barrel bombs must stop. All evidence shows that the overwhelming majority of the civilian victims in the Syrian conflict have been caused by the use of such indiscriminate aerial weapons.”
POSTED July 10, 2015
Mob threatens to burn Pakistani Christians alive and publicly humiliates them after blasphemy accusation
A Christian family in Maki Chak 460, a village in Pakistan’s Punjab province, was paraded through the village by a Muslim mob in an act of utter humiliation on June 30 after Awais Qamar and his wife, Rukhsana, were accused of “blasphemy” because they unknowingly used a banner with a verse from the Quran as a sleeping mat.
POSTED July 10, 2015
Christians in Sinai flee as Islamic State affiliate ramps up violence in EgyptEgypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb has declared that the country is in a “state of war” after a car bomb killed a top prosecutor in Cairo on Monday (June 29) and the Egyptian affiliate of Islamic State, known as Sinai Province, attacked several military checkpoints in the country’s North Sinai governorate on Wednesday (July 1). But Christians have been fleeing the region for months, forced out of their homes as jihadist groups accuse them of being involved in the ousting of President Morsi in 2013.
POSTED July 10, 2015
Pastor Farshid Fathi Gets Early Release Date from Iranian PrisonFarshid Fathi, an Iranian pastor who has been imprisoned for his faith since 2010, has received news that he will be released early. Fathi was serving a six-year sentence for exercising his Christian faith freely. Fathi’s new prison release date is Dec. 10, 2015. Originally, the pastor was supposed to be held until Dec. 2017.
POSTED July 10, 2015
Detroit Pastors Oppose Unveiling of Satanic Statue
Christian Today reports the Satanic Temple intends to unveil a statue of the idol Baphomet on July 25 at Bert’s Warehouse, a location close to a Ten Commandments monument. The group first pushed to erect the statue next to the Ten Commandments monument on Oklahoma’s capitol grounds, but the request was denied by Oklahoma’s Supreme Court.
Posted July 10, 2015
Jimmy Carter: Jesus Would Approve of Gay Marriage
“I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else,”