Berto Jongman: Social Media Censorship & Anti-Censorship — Twister vs. #GoogleGestapo

A Storm on the Horizon? “Twister” and the Implications of the Blockchain and Peer-to-Peer Social Networks for Online Violent Extremism “Twister,” developed by Miguel Freitas, is a social network platform centered around micro-blogging, much like Twitter. However, rather than relying on centralized servers owned and maintained by a single firm, Twister users operate a blockchain …

Berto Jongman: Global Terrorism Index 2018

Worth a look. Counts insurgency deaths (e.g. by Taliban in Afghanistan) as “terrorist” so the actual reduction of terrorism in isolation from civil war is probably much greater. Global Terrorism Index 2018

Berto Jongman: Steven Feldstein on How Artificial Intelligence is Reshaping Repression

How Artificial Intelligence is Reshaping Repression Steven Feldstein Journal of Democracy, 30/1 January 2019 Around the world, artificial-intelligence (AI) systems are showing their potential for abetting repressive regimes and upending the relationship between citizen and state, thereby accelerating a global resurgence of authoritarianism. China is driving the proliferation of AI technology to authoritarian and illiberal …

Berto Jongman: Is Mike Pompeo a Liar? Is It Time to Fire Him?

Mike Pompeo Lied About the U.S. and the Middle East. Here’s the Truth. Mehdi Hasan The Intercept, 11 January 2019 Shadi Hamid, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy, described it “as one of the worst foreign policy speeches I’ve witnessed from a senior U.S. official,” calling it “cynical, petty, incoherent, …

Berto Jongman: Why Hard Back-Ups Really Matter — How An Entire Community Lost Its “Digital” Mind….

The cyber-attack that sent an Alaskan community back in  time In 2018, a remote Alaskan community’s infrastructure was hit by a malware attack which forced it offline. It was only then they realised how much they depended on computers.

Berto Jongman: Erich von Daniken (Chariots of the Gods) on the Original Extraterrestial Story Denied Then, Accepted Now…



Berto Jongman: China’s Mind-Blowing Weather Modification, Geoengineering, & ELF Transmitter Projects!

China’s Mind-Blowing Weather Modification, Geoengineering, & ELF Transmitter Projects! China Covering Tibet in Thousands of Cloud Seeding Generators! China and Russia Work Together On Ionospheric Heating Experiment China building their own Ionospheric Heater! China’s Tianhe Project (Sky River) Will Divert Atmospheric Rivers Using Undisclosed Technology China’s new Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Transmitter is FIVE times …

Berto Jongman: This million-core [neural network] supercomputer inspired by the human brain breaks all the rules

This million-core supercomputer inspired by the human brain breaks all the rules SpiNNaker’s spiking neural network mimics the human brain, and could fuel breakthroughs in robotics and health. Historically, the difficulty in making computers that could mimic the brain largely comes down to connectivity. Neurons — the nerve fibres that travel throughout the body and …

Berto Jongman: Information Technology Futures

What Tech Will Look Like in 2039 Open source technology trends 2019 Phi Beta Iota: They both ignore short-falls in data collection (1%) and data processing (1% of the 1% we collect) and none of them really speak to sense-making tools and collective human intelligence.