It’s Time to Unplug from the Matrix

Within 20 years, according to top Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers, nearly half of all jobs currently occupied by humans will be automated by computers or robots. What purpose will these formerly employed individuals fulfil?

The elite of society have been discussing this epic moment for decades.

In April of 2000, Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, wrote an article for Wired magazine called “Why the future doesn’t need us.” The premise of the article revolves around the potential for humans to become obsolete. Joy’s work begins by describing his experience of reading a portion of Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski’s manifesto.

Kaczynski targeted and injured computer scientist David Gelernter, one of Bill Joy’s friends. To his dismay, Joy had to agree with Kaczynski in his outlook.

Kaczynski’s manifesto describes a dystopic future in which a ruthless elite eradicate useless humans in the wake of the technological revolution. In an alternate scenario the elite are “good shepherds” that make sure “…everyone’s physical needs are satisfied, that all children are raised under psychologically hygienic conditions, that everyone has a wholesome hobby to keep him busy… These engineered human beings may be happy in such a society, but they will most certainly not be free. They will have been reduced to the status of domestic animals,” writes Kaczynski.

In the interim between the robotic takeover and our potential extinction, our lives as human beings will be greatly impacted. The industrial revolution triggered similar apprehension with the threat of mechanical automation. This new revolution is altering the very genetic code of humanity, re-wiring our brains, and creating new forms of life unknown to history. Technology has enabled our world to be digitally connected 24/7. Tele-medicine will allow doctors to remotely monitor patients health at home using a system of sensors, including your toilet. But what of the human element? We are in an age of seeming connection, but are we actually entering an age of disconnection?

Much more to read at Waking Times.

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Without a warrant and without you even knowing the FBI can ask for all this information

Thanks to court documents released today (Nov. 30) Americans can for the first time glimpse one of the US government’s powerful surveillance tools: the National Security Letter, or NSL.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation sends out tens of thousands of these letters every year to financial institutions, travel agencies, telecommunications companies, and credit-reporting agencies demanding a wide range of information on the individual it is investigating, without a warrant from a judge. The Patriot Act, signed into law in 2001, drastically increased the FBI’s mandate to issue NSLs.

Nicholas Merrill filed a First Amendment lawsuit after receiving an NSL in 2004 regarding one of the customers of his New York internet and consulting business, Calyx Internet Access. A federal judge has now ordered the release of Merrill’s NSL, which was handed to him by an FBI agent along with an order not to discuss it with anyone.

Here is some of the information on his client that Merrill was ordered to hand over, per the unredacted document:

  • DSL account information
  • Subscriber name and related subscriber information
  • Addresses associated with the account
  • Subscriber day/evening telephone numbers
  • Screen names or other online names associated with the account
  • Order forms
  • Records relating to merchandise orders/shipping information for the last 180 days
  • All billing related to account
  • Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • All email addresses associated with account
  • Internet Protocol (IP address) assigned to the account
  • All website information registered to the account
  • Uniform Resource Locator (URL) address assigned to the account
  • Any other information which you consider to be electronic communication transactional record.

From the Quartz.

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Native American Tribe Bets On Olive Oil

The bucolic Capay Valley is about an hour outside Sacramento, Calif., and its ranches, alfalfa fields and small, organic produce farms have earned it a reputation as an agricultural gem. It’s pretty serene, except for the cacophony inside the valley’s most lucrative business, the Cache Creek Casino.

That casino — and the huge crowds it attracts on any given night — has been a source of tension between local farmers and the tiny California Indian tribe which runs it, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. But it’s because of the casino’s success that the Yocha Dehe can fund its newest venture, across the highway: the tribe’s own brand of olive oil — bottled in a state-of-the-art facility.

It’s harvest time, and at one small farm in the valley, workers rake olives off branches on to a net which they dump into bins. The fruit is trucked just down the road and pressed into oil at the Yocha Dehe’s olive mill, in equipment imported from Florence, Italy. About 40 growers from the region process their olives here.

About a decade ago, former Tribal Chairman Marshall McKay visited the olive center at nearby University of California, Davis.

“They had this fascinating tale of quality and quantity and the healing benefits of good fresh oil,” he says, “and [that] it may be a burgeoning market in California.”

Now the Yocha Dehe tribe is at the forefront: It’s growing, milling and marketing extra-virgin olive oil. Though only in its fifth year of production, the olive oil is used in over 200 restaurants – including the famed Chez Panisse. A premium version of the oil, called Seka Hills, is sold in specialty shops and upscale farmers markets.

The olives are new, but the Yocha Dehe and other Native American groups thrived in villages here for thousands of years before European contact.

McKay says, “People, outsiders came into the valley: Gold Rush prospectors, cattle ranchers, soldiers.” His ancestors fled to the hills, but many were still massacred.

“We were in the way, so we were removed,” he says. “It was genocide. It just hasn’t been talked about in history.”

Those who survived were relocated to barren land, a way of slowly killing the tribe, according to McKay.

More to read found HERE.

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