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Facebook Teams Up with Shady DARPA Exec to Scan Your Brain and Augment Your Reality

In light of the recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Facebook is quickly becoming one of the world’s least trusted companies. A survey from the Ponemon Institute, a research group focused on data privacy and information security, shows that trust in Facebook has fallen 66 percent to where now only 28 percent of users believe the company is “committed to privacy.”

Although many people are unaware of what goes on behind the scenes at Facebook, social media is not their only business. As part of an ongoing research and development venture, a project called Building 8 was created to develop technology “in the style of DARPA.”

Former DARPA executive Regina Dugan was recruited to head the project as her experience with augmented reality and mental and nervous system manipulation has given her the perfect skill set to make this project a technological success.

DARPA however, has come under scrutiny in the past for developing dangerous weaponized technologies like HELLADS, or High-Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System, commonly known as the “death ray.” Dugan was also accused of ethics violations by the Department of Defense for offering government contracts to a company she founded called RedXDefense.

Building 8 was created with four projects in mind, all centering around augmented reality and brain-scanning technology. Zuckerberg believes that within the next ten years we will begin to see a stronger link between Facebook and the mind.

“You’re going to just be able to capture a thought, what you’re thinking or feeling in kind of its ideal and perfect form in your head, and be able to share that with the world” – Mark Zuckerberg

Ultimately, Facebook intends on creating an entire augmented reality to overlay our day-to-day lives. He believes that with this new technology, common household equipment like TV’s will become obsolete.

“In the future, you’ll be able to snap your fingers and pull out a photo and make it as big as you want, and with your AR glasses you’ll be able to show it to people and they’ll be able to see it. As a matter of fact, when we get to this world, a lot of things that we think about as physical objects today, like a TV for displaying an image, will actually just be $1 apps in an AR app store. So it’s going to take a long time to make this work. But this is the vision, and this is what we’re trying to get to over the next 10 years.” – Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook users need to ask themselves whether or not they want to live in this world of augmented reality. It’s uncertain at this point just how many of our current abilities and freedoms we could lose if this kind of technology took over our lives.

Would it be possible to have a private moment? With Facebook technology becoming ever-more invasive into our lives and their protection of privacy becoming increasingly moot, it’s possible that at some point in time we may not even remember what life was like before Facebook took control over our perceptions and intimate data.

However, alternative technology companies are gaining more and more popularity in light of Facebook censorship and privacy concerns. Websites like Minds.com and Diaspora are gaining new users each day and are emerging as serious competitors to current social media giants. It’s possible that new technology could emerge from alternative, decentralized sources to combat the intrusion of companies like Facebook.

In an increasingly troubled world, it’s important that we think about which direction we want to go as a society and who we choose to give power. Otherwise, we might end up losing sight of what it means to be human altogether.

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Phillip Schneider is a student and a staff writer for Waking Times.

This article (Facebook Teams Up with Shady DARPA Executive to Scan Your Brain and Augment Your Reality) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Phillip Schneider and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

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Germany conducted exercises in case of nuclear war

Bundeswehr / Birthe Brechters

The Bundeswehr with partners in the North Atlantic Alliance ( NATO) trained in operations in a nuclear war.

The German army, together with Italian, Belgian and Dutch colleagues, conducted exercises in the event of a conflict with the use of nuclear weapons.

The location of the exercise “Steadfest Noon” was chosen airbase “Nörfenich”, where the tactical squadron of the Luftwaffe 31 “Boelcke” is located. Together with the Luftwaffe of the Bundeswehr, the air forces of other NATO countries, in particular, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium, took part in the exercises.

According to a report by Bild, the exercise scenario involved training procedures for safely removing nuclear weapons from storage, delivering ammunition and installing them on aircraft. The training flights took place without nuclear weapons, and in parallel with the aviation exercises at the Büchel airbase, where the tactical squadron of the Luftwaffe 51 Immelman is located, the Resilient Guard air defense systems were trained to protect the airfield from air attacks.

The training sites for the Luftwaffe of the Bundeswehr were not chosen by chance, since the Nörfenich airbase is a reserve storage site for the B61, a hydrogen bomb that forms the basis of nuclear weapons of the US strategic nuclear forces. 

Some of this ammunition is stationed at NATO bases in Europe. The exact number of hydrogen bombs that are stored at European sites and which ones are not reported. In Europe, the B61 is carried by Panavia Tornado fighter-bombers (pictured) and General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters.

Recall that the B61 thermonuclear bomb is the main weapon of the US strategic nuclear forces, although it entered service in 1968. Since 2012, a new guided version of the B61-12 has been under development, which will replace all B61 and B83 bombs that have been in service since 1983. It can be used both on strategic bombers and tactical aircraft. About two billion dollars were spent on the development of the 12th modification of the aerial bomb.

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The Pentagon wants to use 5G for military purposes

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The US military has partnered with more than a dozen companies for “large-scale experiments” with 5G technology, including efforts to increase the “lethality” of certain systems, as part of a $ 600 million project. 

Duplicating 5G technology as the “Founding Tool for Modernizing All US Defense,” the Pentagon announced a massive research initiative on Thursday that will donate hundreds of millions of dollars to 15 private contractors to conduct tests at five US military sites.

 “The Department of Defense today announced a $ 600 million award for 5G experiments and testing at five US military training grounds, representing the world’s largest full-scale 5G trials for dual-use applications,” the Pentagon said in a statement that it will bring together experts from multiple industries and disciplines. 

Projects will include piloting 5G-enabled augmented / virtual reality for mission planning and training, testing 5G-enabled smart warehouses, and evaluating 5G technologies to improve distributed management and control.

Selected for the project include telecommunications companies AT&T, Nokia and Ericsson, exploration and information technology contractor Booz-Allen Hamilton, research arm of General Electric, GE Research and a subsidiary of aerospace giant General Dynamics.

One initiative, led by AT&T at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, will apply 5G to its “Distributed Command and Control” system to “Assist in lethality in the air, space and cyberspace”, improving communications for mobile command posts in combat scenarios. At the Lewis-McCord joint base in Washington State, AT&T will also work with Booz-Allen and two other firms to develop 5G-enabled virtual reality technology for training, mission planning, and even Operational Use. 

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Get ready: Ten years of quarantine

The deployment of the “second wave of coronavirus” poses the question of the future for developed countries. In this scenario, too many people will be unemployed and dependent on social assistance. And there will be no one to protest.

We will live in a new way now

Recently, the telegram channel Proeconomics has delighted readers with a report on a sociological study conducted by Accenture. The study focused on long-term consumption trends. 8,800 people were interviewed in 20 countries. The main conclusion of the study:

The coronavirus pandemic and the reorientation of people to local consumption will lead to the so-called “decade of living at home” – the discomfort from being in public places and traveling, combined with a widespread decline in incomes, will force people to spend significantly more time at home and generally localize life within their neighborhood. 69% of respondents expect to spend most of their time at home over the next six months.

53% who did not work from home before would like to work remotely now. 56% of consumers said that the pandemic pushed them to make purchases in stores “in the neighborhood” – they do not intend to travel far to shop. 54% of the respondents admitted that they began to save more when making purchases and will continue to do so.

In general, the results of the research mean that people are mentally prepared to become much poorer and much less mobile. They have come to terms with the fact that the way of life in developed countries is becoming a thing of the past. More control, less freedom, much less opportunity – this is the forecast for the near future.

To be convinced of this, just look at our general sluggish reaction to the latest orders at the majority of countries. They should have caused a surge of misunderstanding and indignation, but, In response, silence. We are already used to it and even seem to take what is happening as normal.

We are afraid and we are very afraid

We don’t know if the Accenture study touched your country, but it’s quite obvious that these figures, perhaps with some corrections, are also true for all countries: a very large number of people during the “strangest pandemic in history” are used to traveling less often to work, not go far away on vacation, spend more time at home, and order the necessary purchases via the Internet. We even get out of the habit of going to the cinema (where there should now be two empty chairs between those sitting) and try to go to our usual shops less often so as not to run into the formidable and boorish: “Put on a mask!”

We listen to what the authorities say about the prospects for introducing new restrictions and with regret we understand that they will close it. They will close again. Despite common sense. 

We look closely at the experience of Western countries and understand that freedom has been sacrificed there for control and the illusion of security. In essence, a sacrifice to emptiness. That people have already agreed to live poorer, much poorer and under much worse and tighter control than ever before in history.

The most important thing that we understand is that all this is now for a long time.

The other day, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, completely unwilling to scare his fellow citizens, spoke about a completely ordinary matter as follows:

The exit from quarantine this time will be phased and slow. There is a possibility that the restrictions will be lifted within six months, or even a year. There will no longer be such a way out of isolation, as happened in the first wave.

In parallel, the Israeli government began discussing the tightening of quarantine measures already introduced due to the coronavirus – in particular, a ban on leaving their homes further than 200 meters!

It is clear that the Israeli society will try to protest. But, most likely, unsuccessfully – the authorities have too strong an argument. Now in this small country, 13% of the tests carried out for covid give a positive result, and 9,000 new cases of the disease are recorded per day.

It is also clear that Netanyahu’s words mean that there will be no living small business in Israel after the quarantine. Large companies, the state economy and unemployed recipients of social assistance will remain. How many will there be? Tens of percent of the working-age population.

Brave new world

The prospect of a long quarantine and a complete restructuring of the entire economic and social life is hanging over all developed countries. Humanity, in fact, does not know how to plan ten years in advance. But it is quite possible to look a year ahead. 

If we really are waiting for such a long period of restrictions, then by the end we will have a society of very poor, even catastrophically poor compared to the current state of affairs of the townspeople, for whom it is critically important to receive various benefits from the state – they will no longer be able to live without them. It is not so important what these benefits will be called, it is important that they form the very “basic unconditional income” that has been talked about for so long.

Now people who yesterday counted on their own strength will become recipients of this help simply for lack of anything better. They will not be able to work, will sit at home and quietly drink beer in their small apartments. Neither go out to have fun, nor go to work. A month, another, a third … None of these recluses will feel guilty about their fate – this is an epidemic and the state decided so. No one will feel able to change their destiny.

It’s good for journalists – they can write while sitting on their couch (although the big question is who will be able to pay for their work). Good for teachers, some scientists … And what should a car mechanic do in quarantine?

The end of small and medium-sized businesses, the end of an economy independent of the state – this is how the most pessimistic forecast looks like.

Add to this the sharp division of this future society into those who are critically dependent on the state social policy, since they failed to integrate into the new economy and those who are employed in the real sector – they grow bread, pour steel, generally “forge something iron” or, for example, mines raw materials. 

These people cannot be driven to a distance – and now, in general, they already consider office plankton as parasites. In the new society they will have all the more reasons for this. And the more seriously the state will have to separate the interests of the working class and the recipients of social assistance. Inevitable social conflicts will have to be extinguished by brutal methods. A brave new world will need a truly police state to ensure stability.

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