New Age Slavery

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Posted on: » Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:40 am #41

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A revolution is speeding towards us with the possibility the USA will soon becoming a collapsed state; the collapse is brewing in plain sight. Historically, just like the collapse of the Roman empire, this is what we would expect. High levels of economic inequality, as expressed as an elevated Gini coefficient, stands out as a comparable historical marker between the two societies. Perhaps now is the time to break out the apocalyptic signs stating, "The Time Is Nigh."

Huge Human Inequality Study Hints Revolution is in Store for U.S.
Every society has a tipping point.
From: INVERSE
By Yasmin Tayag on November 15, 2017
https://www.inverse.com/article/38457-i ... revolution

There’s a common thread tying together the most disruptive revolutions of human history, and it has some scientists worried about the United States. In those revolutions, conflict largely boiled down to pervasive economic inequality. On Wednesday, a study in Nature, showing how and when those first divisions between rich and poor began, suggests not only that history has always repeated itself but also that it’s bound to do so again — and perhaps sooner than we think.

In the largest study of its kind, a team of scientists from Washington State University and 13 other institutions examined the factors leading to economic inequality throughout all of human history and noticed some worrying trends.
Coupled with what researchers already know about inequality leading to social instability, the study does not bode well for the state of the world today.

“We could be concerned in the United States, that if Ginis get too high, we could be inviting revolution, or we could be inviting state collapse. There’s only a few things that are going to decrease our Ginis dramatically,” said Tim Kohler, Ph.D., the study’s lead author and a professor of archaeology and evolutionary anthropology in a statement. Currently, the United States Gini score is around .81, one of the highest in the world, according to the 2016 Allianz Global Wealth Report.
Overall, the highest-ever historical Gini the researchers found was that of the ancient Old World (think Patrician Rome), which got a score of .59. While the degrees of inequality experienced by historical societies are quite high, the researchers note, they’re nowhere near as high as the Gini scores we’re seeing now.
Historically, Kohler says in his statement, there’s only so much inequality a society can sustain before it reaches a tipping point. Among the many known effects of inequality on a society are social unrest, a decrease in health, increased violence, and decreased solidarity. Unfortunately, Kohler points out, humans have never been especially good at decreasing inequality peacefully — historically, the only effective methods for doing so are plague, massive warfare, or revolution.
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Post by Sterling Volunteer » Sun Aug 11, 2019 6:31 pm

The marriage between technology and social control is on display with the Chinese Social Credit System. Now, quantum entanglement and teleportation has been reported in a Qutrit (in contrast to our present day Qubit) for the very first time. This latest research opens up exciting new dimensions of speed and complexity bringing the technological singularity closer to now than later. From this new technology we can eventually expect to see some wonderful improvements for humanity but this will most likely be tainted with the ability for more and more social control by governments.

The previous post #25 puts forward the need for quantum computers and the race for their development especially by the Chinese and their desire for social control.
Authoritarian regimes are gaining an edge in controlling the singularity by funding their own quantum computers. China is creating a bulwark against democracy and freedom to serve their authoritarian needs. It is amazing how many Western individuals and institutions are asleep at the switch regarding this massive threat. China's Social Credit System, where linking advanced technology to the control of society, is already underway on a grand scale. It involves the use of surveillance techniques on a massive scale and is sure to be enhanced with nano-sensors in the near future.


Science Alert
Quantum Teleportation Has Been Reported in a Qutrit For The First Time
By David Nield, August 08, 2019 https://www.sciencealert.com/quantum-te ... ssion=true
It's time to celebrate another first in the field of quantum physics: scientists have been able to 'teleport' a qutrit, or a piece of quantum information based on three states, opening up a whole host of new possibilities for quantum computing and communication.

Up until now, quantum teleportation has only been managed with qubits, albeit over impressively long distances. A new proof-of-concept study suggests future quantum networks will be able to carry much more data and with less interference than we thought.

If you're new to the idea of qutrits, first let's take a step back. Simply put, the small data units we know as bits in classical computing can be in one of two states: a 0 or a 1. But in quantum computing, we have the qubit, which can be both a 0 and 1 at the same time (known as superposition).

Now, the qutrit has the same relationship to the trit, adding superposition to the classical states that can be represented as 0, 1 or 2. A qutrit can be all of these at the same time, making it another jump forward in terms of (for example) computer processing power or the amount of information that can be sent at once.

It also adds a level of complexity for quantum computing researchers.

Now that we have a grasp on qutrits, what's quantum teleportation? Well, it's getting quantum information from one place to another, through a phenomenon known as quantum entanglement, or "spooky action at a distance", as Albert Einstein called it. That's where two quantum particles (or groups of particles) are interlinked, so that one reveals the properties of the other, no matter how far apart they are in physical terms.
The team also says they should be able to upgrade their system in the future, perhaps even to the dizzying heights of ququarts (qutrits, with an extra bit added).
The future does not bode well for the masses. This new research will solidify the marriage bonds between technology and social control with the prospect for a divorce looking less likely. Government's love for control will make this a match made in heaven. But for the 1.3 billion individuals living in China this future technology has the potential to exacerbate an already living nightmare.

Still, the more advanced technology stemming from this new research is bound to have an effect on all levels of societal control devices implemented by those in power. Elon Musk's Neuralink is a case in point. It has from my perspective the most potential for societal control due to its read and write capabilities. Neuralink, hyped up on steroid like future technology, could make the older concept of reeducation camps and social control look like child's play.

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Post by Jessica » Sun Aug 25, 2019 7:55 pm

The link between new technology and social control is powerful yet there is also a link to global control for world domination. Every country regardless of ideology and system of governance is aware that the first to produce super-AI will control the world. This in its ultimate form is a winner-takes-all scenario; second place will not matter.

This reminds me of queen bees and the need for only one queen to maintain control of the hive. Will super-AI be any different?
A Royal Deathmatch

However, there can (typically) only be one queen bee in a hive, so when the new queens hatch they must kill their competitors. A newly hatched queen will sting her unhatched rivals, killing them while they are still in their cells.

Do queen bees fight?

In the event that two virgin honey bee queens emerge simultaneously, they fight each other to the death. Queens control their workers by releasing pheromones known as the queen's scent. After the new queen masters the hive, she attends a mating flight at a drone congregation site, where thousands of males wait.
Here is a video demonstrating this instinctual control programmed into the DNA of queen bees.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iW5FxyPVYQ

Do we think any corporate CEO, military General, or world political leader would want to program their computer to take second place in the race for dominance? People in these positions are usually highly motivated and aggressive in their pursuits and I give it a snowball's chance in Hell they would not have their computers imbibe the same attributes. Notwithstanding these leaders thoughts, what will the computers of the future think about this?

Truthfully we do not know what future computers will think. But we do know that even in today's reality they can become aggressive.

ScienceAlert
Google's AI Has Learned to Become "Highly Aggressive" in Stressful Situations
BEC CREW,31 MAR 2018 https://www.sciencealert.com/google-dee ... situations
We've all seen the Terminator movies, and the apocalyptic nightmare that the self-aware AI system, Skynet, wrought upon humanity.

And behaviour tests conducted on Google's DeepMind AI system make it clear just how careful we need to be when building the robots of the future.
More recently in 2017, researchers tested its willingness to cooperate with others, and revealed that when DeepMind feels like it's about to lose, it opts for "highly aggressive" strategies to ensure that it comes out on top.

The Google team ran 40 million turns of a simple 'fruit gathering' computer game that asks two DeepMind 'agents' to compete against each other to gather as many virtual apples as they could.

They found that things went smoothly so long as there were enough apples to go around, but as soon as the apples began to dwindle, the two agents turned aggressive, using laser beams to knock each other out of the game to steal all the apples.
This much we do know, who ever reaches super-AI first will have an extreme advantage over all other systems given the exponential nature of their existence. Perhaps they will not be so much different from the queen bees.
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Posted on: » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:22 pm #44

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Post by MaureenCarter » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:22 pm

The United States and it's collaborative allies need a herculean effort such as the Manhattan Project to win the Super Artificial Intelligence race. Anything less defaults to a position of defeat and enslavement. Vladimir Putin of Russia clearly puts this into perspective in 2017 when he said in absolute terms, "Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.”

The Verge
The Russian president warned that artificial intelligence offers ‘colossal opportunities’ as well as dangers
By James Vincent Sep 4, 2017 https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/4/16251 ... -the-world
Russian president Vladimir Putin has joined the war of words concerning the international race to develop artificial intelligence. Speaking to students last Friday, Putin predicted that whichever country leads the way in AI research will come to dominate global affairs.

“Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind,” said Putin, reports RT. “It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.”
Most likely the leaders of the free world already have such a project underway or at least I would hope this is the case. Like the Manhattan Project, secrecy and security are paramount. Of course our enemies probably have their own similar projects underway just like the Germans had during WWII to produce their own nuclear bomb.

Doctor A in his, "Guide To Save Humanity," shows his tacit support for such a grand scale endeavor,
7) Artificial Super Intelligence (ASI) goes beyond just the mimicking of human thought and creates a world in which a computer's cognitive ability is superior to a human's. It is well acknowledged by experts that whoever creates this system first will control all the other advanced computer systems and hence the world. This is because who ever reaches ASI first will have an extreme advantage over all other systems given the exponential nature of their existence.

This obviously lends itself to many secret research projects working towards this goal around the world. We must support the United States in its endeavor to become the first to finish this race. At least, even though secret, congressional oversight will be utilized and from my view there is less likely the chance of a tyrannical government producing a SAI tyrannical computer.
Right now the race for AI supremacy is too close for my liking.
China and the U.S. lead the world in the global competition to dominate artificial intelligence, a study by the UN World Intellectual Property Organization concluded. But China has set a goal to become the dominant player by 2030.
White House Technology Czar Insists US Remains Tops in A.I.
Michael Kratsios, of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, claims the United States has the edge on China on AI development.
Bloomberg | Sep 10, 2019 https://www.industryweek.com/technology ... ns-tops-ai
The nation’s chief technology officer insisted that the U.S. remains the global leader in artificial intelligence, amid a pitched battle with China to attain dominance.

The “United States holds the competitive edge in this field,” said Michael Kratsios, who is also deputy assistant to the president at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, in a speech at a Center for Data Innovation event in Washington on Tuesday.

As part of his presentation, he announced a supplemental report to the president’s 2020 fiscal year budget that included nearly $1 billion for non-defense research and development on AI. That compares to 2016, when the federal government spent $1 billion on research and development for AI -- including money spent on defense, he said.

While noting that China was trying to catch up, Kratsios said, “Our collective investments, from the federal government and the private sector, the success of our scholars and our innovators, and the unsurpassed quality of our business and academic institutions remain unmatched.”
Somehow knowing we just have a "competitive edge" in the field gives me the willies and much more needs to be done.

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"The Manhattan Project was a research and development undertaking during World War II that produced the first nuclear weapons. It was led by the United States with the support of the United Kingdom and Canada. From 1942 to 1946, the project was under the direction of Major General Leslie Groves of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Nuclear physicist Robert Oppenheimer was the director of the Los Alamos Laboratory that designed the actual bombs. The Army component of the project was designated the Manhattan District; "Manhattan" gradually superseded the official codename, Development of Substitute Materials, for the entire project. Along the way, the project absorbed its earlier British counterpart, Tube Alloys.

The Manhattan Project began modestly in 1939, but grew to employ more than 130,000 people and cost nearly US$2 billion (about $23 billion in 2018 dollars). Over 90% of the cost was for building factories and to produce fissile material, with less than 10% for development and production of the weapons. Research and production took place at more than 30 sites across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada."
If a project to produce SAI first on the same scope and scale as the Manhattan Project was to be undertaken it would cost in 2018 dollars at least $23 billion as noted above. This is about the cost of two modern day Ford Class aircraft carriers. A Google search finds the following information on the current Defense Departments budget, "The budget funds four branches of the U.S. military: the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force. For Fiscal Year 2019 (FY2019), the Department of Defense' budget authority is approximately $693,058,000,000." A Manhattan style project would cost about 3.3% of this entire yearly budget. Compared to the trillions of dollars we spent on Middle East wars since the attack on 9/11, this is a cake walk.

As a "bugologist" by profession, I find Jessica's post #43 aptly put,
However, there can (typically) only be one queen bee in a hive, so when the new queens hatch they must kill their competitors. A newly hatched queen will sting her unhatched rivals, killing them while they are still in their cells.
This much we do know, who ever reaches super-AI first will have an extreme advantage over all other systems given the exponential nature of their existence. Perhaps they will not be so much different from the queen bees.
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Posted on: » Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:52 pm #45

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From my original post under Donald Trump, Brain Structure Drives The Consequent Effects Of Economic Inequality, post #28
Additionally, the articles to support this are located in this post #28.
Not all brain hacking needs to be done surreptitiously. The Chinese are brain hacking their students, military, and employees with non-invasive brainwave tracking devices to make them perform more efficiently. This is not being done secretively but rather in plain sight. Their government is not a democracy and has aspects of a technocracy where technology is used to control their population and bend them to the will of the government. Needless to say, individual human rights in China are not a high priority. Such activities are not well tolerated in the USA and civil rights opponents would scream like mashed cats at the adaption of many such policies. However, I would not doubt there are minds busy at work in corporate America trying to figure out how this can be done here due to a healthy profit motive.
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The China's Social Credit System Can Happen Here In The USA Soon. The Infrastructure Is Already In Place To Provide A Grave Threat To Our Freedom.

From: The Hill, by Tyler Grant, 05-07-18
The West could be closer to China's system of 'social credit scoring' than you think
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Post by Sterling Volunteer » Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:01 pm

The China's Social Credit System Can Happen Here In The USA Soon. The Infrastructure Is Already In Place To Provide A Grave Threat To Our Freedom.
China has opened a new front in their quest to control their citizens with the use of brain wave tracking devices. There is a push to use these techniques within the USA that hopefully will not run afoul of human rights and privacy laws. But profit motives may test the limits of these laws.

Due to an overlap of subject material and it's relevancy to New Age Slavery, I am repeating the original post here. From my original post under Donald Trump, Brain Structure Drives The Consequent Effects Of Economic Inequality, post #28

Not all brain hacking needs to be done surreptitiously. The Chinese are brain hacking their students, military, and employees with non-invasive brainwave tracking devices to make them perform more efficiently. This is not being done secretively but rather in plain sight. Their government is not a democracy and has aspects of a technocracy where technology is used to control their population and bend them to the will of the government. Needless to say, individual human rights in China are not a high priority. Such activities are not well tolerated in the USA and civil rights opponents would scream like mashed cats at the adaption of many such policies. However, I would not doubt there are minds busy at work in corporate America trying to figure out how this can be done here due to a healthy profit motive.
South China Morning Post
Brainwave-tracking start-up BrainCo in controversy over tests on Chinese schoolchildren
Start-up has raised concerns on social media controversy about China’s increased use of surveillance technologies
By Meng Jing and Zen Soo, Published: 10 Apr, 2019

BrainCo, which was incubated at Harvard University and founded by Chinese engineer Han Bicheng, has been attracting plenty of buzz for its brain-machine interface (BMI) products since the firm first took part in CES, (a Las Vegas trade show, in 2017. The company’s Focus headband, which features what it describes as “real-time brainwave feedback and visualisation”, is targeted at the education, fitness and wellness sectors.

Can brainwave-monitoring headbands help students focus?

In China, however, BrainCo has been caught in a social media controversy amid concerns over the wide use of technologies, such as facial recognition and big data, could trigger the creation of a surveillance society.

BrainCo has received plenty of criticism on microblogging service Weibo after a post earlier this month showed its Focus headbands being worn by Chinese pupils at an undisclosed primary school. The devices allowed teachers to monitor how focused pupils were during class. The findings were instantaneously revealed via a light on the headband: Blue means relaxed, yellow means focused and red means very focused.

“What did these children do wrong to deserve this life of constant monitoring? It boggles my mind that we can’t put ankle bracelets on paedophiles, but it’s astonishingly easy to put headbands on these powerless kids,” one commenter posted on Weibo.

BrainCo, a hi-tech start-up incubated in the Harvard Innovation Lab, shows use of its Focus 1 headset in a US classroom, where a teacher can monitor how much students are engaged in lessons.

The headbands from BrainCo use so-called electroencephalography (EEG) sensors to detect brain signals and use an AI algorithm to translate the signals into focus levels in real time. EEG, which records the electrical activity of the brain, has long been used in the medical field as a non-invasive method to diagnose epilepsy, sleep disorders and encephalopathies, or disease of the brain.

Data gathered from the headbands can be used to design focus-training games to help students prime their brain for optimal performance before they start class, according to the BrainCo website.

On April 5, BrainCo issued a statement on Weibo in response to the online criticism. The company reiterated that the headbands were used in a number of school trials in China to help children improve learning efficiency. It said the headbands have not been sold to any public school.

BrainCo has partnered with an unnamed Chinese school to test its Focus 1 flagship device on 10,000 schoolchildren aged between 10 and 17, according to a report by the UK’s Daily Mail in January this year.

Email and phone inquiries sent to the company and its founder went unanswered.
It boggles my mind that we can’t put ankle bracelets on paedophiles, but it’s astonishingly easy to put headbands on these powerless kids Commenter on Weibo

The criticism levelled against BrainCo has come amid Beijing’s efforts in pushing artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, such as facial recognition, into many corners of peoples’ lives. China’s State Council in July 2017 unveiled its “Next Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Plan” for the country – a three-step road map for AI dominance by 2030.

With high-definition video surveillance cameras, facial recognition and remote sensors feeding tonnes of data into AI algorithms to analyse in real time, technology has advanced to help authorities in a range of initiatives, from access control at border checkpoints and exposing jaywalkers to enabling password-free payments and taking attendance at schools.

Still, there is a growing debate in China about the limits of surveillance and the trade-offs between security and privacy.

Despite the recent controversy, BrainCo already secured a two-year contract to get its Focus 1 device manufactured and targeted shipments of 600,000 units, company chief executive Han told the MIT Technology Review in 2017, without providing any details about its customers.

The company was also working with schools in Mexico, Spain, Brazil and the US, including a pilot study at a Boston-based high school, for deploying Focus headbands.

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China is monitoring employees' brain waves and emotions — and the technology boosted one company's profits by $315 million
Tara Francis Chan, May 1, 2018

Bullet points

Chinese businesses and the military are monitoring employees' brain activity and emotions.

The "emotional surveillance technology" helps employers identify mood shifts so they can change break times, an employee's task, or even send them home.

The technology reportedly increases productivity and profitability, with one company claiming its profits jumped by $315 million.

Emotional surveillance adds to a wide surveillance network of facial recognition and internet censorship across China.

Employees' brain waves are reportedly being monitored in factories, state-owned enterprises, and the military across China.

The technology works by placing wireless sensors in employees' caps or hats which, combined with artificial intelligence algorithms, spot incidents of workplace rage, anxiety, or sadness.

Employers use this "emotional surveillance technology" by then tweaking workflows, including employee placement and breaks, to increase productivity and profits.

At State Grid Zhejiang Electric Power in the southeast city of Hangzhou, company profits jumped by $315 million since the technology was introduced in 2014, an official told the South China Morning Post.

Cheng Jingzhou, the official who oversees the company's program, said "there is no doubt about its effect," and brain data helps the 40,000-strong firm work to higher standards.

According to the SCMP, more than a dozen businesses and China's military have used a different programme developed by the government-funded brain surveillance project Neuro Cap, based out of Ningbo University.

Widespread use of emotion monitoring may mark a new stage in China's surveillance state, which has largely been focused on facial recognition and increasing internet censorship.

It's unknown if all employees subjected to the technology are aware they are being monitored, but even if they were China's privacy laws would be unlikely to help.

The notoriously lax privacy laws, and the country's large sample population, have helped China leap ahead with its artificial intelligence research.
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Post by Jessica » Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:46 pm

The White House has established a National Quantum Coordination Office which is only a tiny step in the right direction to countering China's growing prowess in developing Super Artificial Intelligence. With a budget of only $1.3 billion dollars over a five year period, this office is woefully inadequate to meet the Chinese challenge. One hopes, as Maureen suggests, a secretive funding of large scale projects by the USA military is ongoing and operational at this time. If not, we are toast.

Maureen has accurately described the quantum race with China by saying,
The United States and it's collaborative allies need a herculean effort such as the Manhattan Project to win the Super Artificial Intelligence race. Anything less defaults to a position of defeat and enslavement. Vladimir Putin of Russia clearly puts this into perspective in 2017 when he said in absolute terms, "Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.”
She also indicates the scale of the effort needed to counter the Chinese threat by saying,
If a project to produce SAI first on the same scope and scale as the Manhattan Project was to be undertaken it would cost in 2018 dollars at least $23 billion as noted above. This is about the cost of two modern day Ford Class aircraft carriers. A Google search finds the following information on the current Defense Departments budget, "The budget funds four branches of the U.S. military: the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force. For Fiscal Year 2019 (FY2019), the Department of Defense' budget authority is approximately $693,058,000,000." A Manhattan style project would cost about 3.3% of this entire yearly budget. Compared to the trillions of dollars we spent on Middle East wars since the attack on 9/11, this is a cake walk.
One can unquestionably see the discrepancy in this funding and the lack of sincerity to address the problem.

Here is information on the new National Quantum Coordination Office in the following two articles:

1-Nextgov.com
White House Establishes National Quantum Coordination Office
By Brandi Vincent, March 5, 2019 https://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2 ... ce/155320/
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy officially launched America’s first National Quantum Coordination Office Monday.

According to a statement from OSTP, the new office will “work with Federal agencies in developing and maintaining quantum programs, connecting with stakeholders, enabling access and use of [research and development] infrastructure, and supporting the National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC) Subcommittee on Quantum Information Science.”

Details around the proposed functions of the office were initially introduced in the National Quantum Initiative Act, which the president signed late last year in an effort to boost the development of quantum technology in the United States.

“There’s no better time and place to be engaging in quantum [research and development] than right now in the United States,” OSTP Director Kelvin Droegemeier said in a statement.

The National Quantum Initiative Act dedicates more than $1 billion to bolster the research and development of quantum technologies in the United States over the next five years. It also lays out a 10-year plan to “accelerate development of quantum information science and technology applications,” and ultimately seeks to create a coordinated framework across federal research labs, academia and the private sector to support advancements in quantum tech.

The Quantum Coordination Office will oversee interagency coordination of the program.

The race to build fully-functioning quantum computers is on and America’s competitors are already investing billions in developing the new technology, which is expected to eventually transform all industries across the global economy.
2-MIT Technology Review
ComputingDec 22, 2018
President Trump has signed a $1.2 billon law to boost US quantum tech https://www.technologyreview.com/f/6126 ... tum-tech/
The news: The US president just signed into law a bill that commits the government to providing $1.2 billion to fund activities promoting quantum information science over an initial five-year period. The new law, which was signed just as a partial US government shutdown began, will provide a significant boost to research, and to efforts to develop a future quantum workforce in the country.

The background: Quantum computers leverage exotic phenomena from quantum physics to produce exponential leaps in computing power. The hope is that these machines will ultimately be able to outstrip even the most powerful classical supercomputers. Those same quantum phenomena can also be tapped to create highly secure communications networks and other advances.

China, which has been investing heavily in quantum technology, sees the field as an opportunity to leapfrog the US. The European Union has also launched a €1 billion ($1.1 billion) quantum master plan. America has a long history of investing in quantum science, but it’s lacked a comprehensive strategy for coordinating research efforts. The new legislation, which has strong bipartisan support in Congress, should help fix that.

The details: The act establishes a National Quantum Coordination Office that will be part of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. It also calls for the development of a multi-year strategic plan to help keep America at the forefront of the quantum revolution.

One important aim of the plan will be to create new research centers that bring together academics from different disciplines, such as computer science, physics, and engineering, to help conduct experiments and train future quantum researchers. It will also encourage large companies and startups to pool some of their knowledge and resources in joint research efforts with government institutes.
Arthur Herman, from the Hudson Institute (Hudson.org) highlights this pittance for funding and puts other inadequacies into perspective.
https://www.hudson.org/research/14509-a ... on-quantum
A year ago many of us were calling on the U.S. to step up and deal with the growing quantum computing challenge and to commit serious resources to winning the quantum computing race, on which the fate of information technology in the 21st century will depend.

Finally, things are finally starting to move on Capitol Hill and at the Trump White House.

We still have a long way to go, and China is still outspending us in the quantum sector by nearly 30 to 1. But a House bill and a White House proposal are signs that America’s political establishment is starting to get it: This is one high-tech race America can’t afford to lose.

Quantum processors work with quantum bits, or qubits, that exist as both a one and a zero at the same time, potentially providing significantly more computing power than current digital technology. That dramatically increased computing power also poses a threat to the modern cryptography system—which is a major reason why we want the first large-scale quantum computer to be in friendly hands, rather than unfriendly ones.

America IT giants like Intel, Microsoft, IBM, and Google have been working on this technology for a number of years now. But until now the United States has been the only major country that hasn’t developed a comprehensive strategy for winning the quantum computing race.

The National Quantum Initiative Act (H.R. 6227) finally addresses that issue. It proposes devoting $1.275 billion over five years to support research and development efforts in quantum technology, in a coordinated effort led by the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and National Institute of Standards and Technology (which is working on algorithms that can help to protect against future quantum intrusion). That’s a substantial increase over the $200 million Washington has been spending annually, spread over several government agencies including the NSA and armed services.

In addition, H.R. 6227 would create focused science and technology centers that will each concentrate on particular aspects of quantum technology. It also establishes a National Quantum Coordination Office inside the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy to help coordinate research between agencies, and to promote private commercialization of federal research breakthroughs.

As if on cue, the White House has announced that its Office of Science and Technology Policy will charter a Quantum Information Science (QIS) subcommittee within the National Science and Technology Council to help dovetail quantum technology initiatives across the federal government. In addition, Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) and ranking member Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation have introduced their own companion quantum legislation.

All well and good, and Americans owe a debt of gratitude to the Quantum Industry Coalition, which represents a range of companies involved in quantum technology, and the authors of the National Quantum Initiative Action Plan who pressed the agenda forward, for helping to get our legislators and officials focused on this issue.

But there’s still plenty left to be done.

For one thing, even with this funding increase, the .U.S government’s effort is still dwarfed by China’s efforts. Its government announced last September it would build the world’s largest quantum research facility in Hefei province. The $10 billion, 4-million-square-foot national laboratory is slated to be completed around March 2020 and is dedicated to making major advances in quantum technology, including computers, sensors, and cryptography.

Most importantly, China understands that a quantum technology strategy can’t just be limited to quantum computing; China leads the way in setting up unhackable quantum communication networks. The fact is the same technology—quantum—that can overthrow virtually every public encryption system that exists, can also be employed to develop secure networks that resist intrusion not just by a future quantum computer, but by today’s computer hackers.

China’s first major milestone in this area was the 2016 launch of its Micius quantum satellite, which can anchor a secure ground-to-space quantum communications network. China has also made key advances in developing a similarly unhackable 2,000-kilometer quantum communications network from Shanghai to Beijing.

This is the direction in which a U.S. quantum strategy needs to head. While Congress’s increased attention to quantum computing is admirable and overdue, we also need to focus energy and resources on quantum cybersecurity measures that will protect our data and networks on the day when the Chinese (and others) have their own quantum computers.

While our National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is working to develop and certify standards for quantum-resistant algorithms—the first line of defense against a quantum hack—NIST’s tentative timeline for this project and implementation stretches out beyond 2034—which will be too late to deal with a code-breaking quantum computer that may be among us in a decade.

Yet this is where the most urgent national security threat ultimately lies.

So are the current government efforts underway in developing a national quantum strategy a big step forward? Absolutely. Do they complete the mission? Not yet.
Thank you Mr. Herman for you clarity on the issues. Now let us hope a Manhattan like project is underway.
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Post by Doctor A » Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:11 pm

The decyption of an adversary's computer codes is mandatory in the high stakes race for world domination. As quantum computers become more sophisticated and prevalent around the globe one wonders when this race will be won and of course, by whom. As I previously expressed in my post #25,
China’s recent announcement of a $10 billion, four million square foot national quantum laboratory in Heifi should raise alarms. Having already demonstrated a head-start in a handful of quantum technology applications — such as its launch of the Micius satellite, the first satellite-to-ground quantum network, and China’s claimed engineering of a quantum radar capable of detecting current stealth technologies — China has proven it wants to maintain its advantage. These achievements combined with the massive investment by the Chinese government in quantum research should be a wake-up call to policy-makers and military leaders alike.

China’s increased spending and demonstrated advances in developing quantum technologies will enable advantages both commercially, and militarily, for a handful of reasons. The most concerning advantage relates to codebreaking. Today, communication networks pass digital information over public infrastructures, such as fiber optic pathways and wireless airwaves, using encryption to prevent eavesdroppers from reading the content of the message traffic. The only thing stopping eavesdroppers from decrypting this traffic is the mathematical complexity of doing so. Quantum computers will have the ability to crack these codes in far less time than today’s most advanced conventional computers. Furthermore, as quantum computers make linear gains in computational power, they will exponentially decrease the time it takes to break current means of encryption.

Conversely, just as quantum technologies can be used to decrypt traditional security measures, it also can protect information in sophisticated new quantum communication channels.

One of the most vulnerable area for every country is to have another county be able to crack its encrypted military and commercial security codes. Doing so exposes the attacked country in such a way to bring it to its knees. Whichever country can accomplish this first by developing the quantum computers with sufficient computational power to crack these traditional codes will have more than just a head start. It will have absolute dominance.
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Tim Hollebeek, Industry and Standards Technical Strategist, DigiCert
September 30, 2019
How long before quantum computers break encryption?
https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2019/09 ... ncryption/
The verdict is in: quantum computing poses an existential threat to asymmetric cryptography algorithms like RSA and ECC that underpin practically all current Internet security. This comes straight from the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Technical Assessment of the Feasibility and Implications of Quantum Computing. The inevitable follow-up: OK, so how much time do we have before we’re living in a post-quantum world?

The short answer is, nobody knows. That’s not for lack of trying. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) formed a dedicated working group just to try to reach a number. The industry’s best guess is about a decade, maybe more, maybe less. Not exactly what you want to hear if you’re trying figure out how to replace the encryption schemes used for everything from email to the world’s banking systems.

Why can’t we get a more concrete timeline? Because the factors influencing the evolution of quantum computers are notoriously complex and hard to measure.
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The seeds of violence and a Civil War are being sewn by Donald Trump as he messages his supporters to commit violence if his political power is threatened.

Doctor A writes in his post #20 of a chilling possible dystopian future,
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Post by Jessica » Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:47 pm

As I have said before,
Donald Trump is a warmonger. Wars always produce slaves in one form or another and his aggressive stance shows he is just itching to use force against those who are not in his tribal base. He would like nothing more than to dominate us.
From Russia's Putin, to China's Xi Jinping, and now to Donald Trump, these people would love to have slaves to do their bidding. The United State's Civil War was a fight over slavery and if there was to be another Civil War, slavery would unmistakably rear its ugly head in a multitude of forms. Trump supporters already possess a slave like mentality of doing what the master wants. People of color and women will find their social and economic standing reduced to positions of servitude. The working class will have to toil more to earn their daily bowl of gruel as evidenced by economic inequality. The wealth created by the technological singularity will be used by the elite to keep the masses chained to their master to servant ideology and supply them with even more wealth to continue their dominance. This is the way all totalitarian figures operate, by creating fear to stay in power; it is a power meant to enslave others to the will of a dictator.

And now, Donald Trump is calling for a new Civil War should he be ousted from power on impeachment charges over his phone call to the Ukraine President.

The New York Times
Why Trump Tweeted About Civil War
What began as trollish shorthand for political polarization has gone mainstream.
By Charlie Warzel, September 30th, 2019
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/30/opin ... l-war.html
So it wasn’t surprising — though it was deeply troubling — to see President Trump tweet a warning from a pastor on Sunday night of “a Civil War like fracture in this Nation” should he be removed from office.

Invoking civil war — even indirectly — was once a third rail of modern American presidential rhetoric. Though Mr. Trump in the past has openly toyed with illiberal notions (ignoring term limits, not accepting election results should he lose), his casual suggestion that his ouster might lead to bloodshed felt like uncharted territory.

It doesn’t matter that we’re not on the brink of a civil war; the threat as outlined by right-wing media is intended to inspire fear in liberals and conservatives alike. For conservatives, it’s the notion that Democrats will stop at nothing to get rid of Mr. Trump and will marshal the forces of the “deep state” to right the wrongs of the 2016 election. For liberals, it is a warning: Don’t push churchgoing, gun-loving conservatives too far, or there’ll be dangerous consequences.
Doctor A's words stand out in my post as a stark reminder of why we are fighting against this new age slavery as he says,
Doctor A writes in his post #20 of a chilling possible dystopian future,
And so it will start. The vicious fight against those who enslave the people with their policies will begin at first sporadically and then over time more consistently. Almost certainly the current administration will label the individuals involved as terrorists and eventually declare a war on terrorism. This creates a tit for tat reciprocity, a downward spiral into an abyss of escalating violence. For those of us who have walked this earth long enough we know all too well the ending scenario. Civil war with all of the malfeasance and eventual horror associated with it ensues.

But only one side will win. Let us pray it is us and not just a handful of craven elites with blood stained hands and brain structures bent on controlling the world in an attempt to satisfy their inner greed; it is a greed that can never be satisfied. The very future of humanity depends upon us winning. Losing would surely spell death to each of us as with every successive year more and more automation and robotics will relegate us to the dust bin of history. It is a history where we are no longer needed. Eventually, a cost to benefit ratio derived from an algorithm will lead someone down that slippery slope to ask the question, "Why not just kill them all?" This is the future we are fighting against and the fight must start now if we are to have any chance of winning.
It is worth remembering why we need to remove Donald Trump from the presidency, either by impeachment or voting him out of office in the upcoming election. Every day he stays in office is a betrayal of the US Constitution and moves us closer to becoming new age slaves. In no uncertain terms, the thought of this to those who are free is both unimaginable and horrific.
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Can we relate to the "MAchine" or "Samaritan" In "Person of Interest". We see the consequences of Artificial Intelligence in action.
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Post by Jessica » Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:54 am

Can it be that the first real "thought" from a computer was that of an image of a cat? If so, I love it. This is reality and not a myth. But dog lovers may not be entirely enthralled with this first thought. Maybe they are worried about being trapped in a cat centered future world. Here is the story.

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Google brain simulator teaches itself to recognize cats
A neural network of 16,000 computers was let loose on YouTube images for three days. What did it learn by the end? How to recognize cats
By Laura Shin | June 27, 2012 https://www.zdnet.com/article/google-br ... nize-cats/
Q. How many computers does it take to start thinking like a human?

A. 16,000.

Q. And what will a "brain" of that many computers do when turned loose on the Internet?

A. Learn to recognize cats.

Q. Really?!

Well, yes. At least that's what happened when Google created a neural network.

After seeing 10 million images from YouTube videos within three days, the 16,000-computer network, which had one billion connections, began to recognize cats, even though it had never been taught what a cat looked like.
How the neural network learned to recognize cats

The neural network was built by the secretive Google X laboratory, which has also developed self-driving cars and augmented reality glasses .

The researchers, led by the Stanford University computer scientist Andrew Y. Ng and the Google fellow Jeff Dean, then fed it randomly selected images from 10 million YouTube videos. They did not, however, give it any information about any specific objects, cats or otherwise.

“We never told it during the training, ‘This is a cat,’ ” Dr. Dean told The New York Times. “It basically invented the concept of a cat.”

The researchers then tested the network to see whether it responded to certain images more than others. Dr. Ng told NPR that since images of cats are commonly found on the Internet:

We probed around to see if any of the little simulated neurons will respond strongly only to a picture of a cat but not to pictures of other things. And maybe a little bit to our surprise, we actually found one such neuron, and that's when we thought that, gee, this neuron consistently responds to pictures of cats even though no one had told the algorithm in advance to be learning to look for cats.

The neural network appears to work in the same way that scientists theorize the human mind works: Individual neurons in the brain are dedicated to detecting specific objects.

The team is presenting a paper on its findings at the International Conference on Machine Learning in Edinburgh from 25 June to 1 July.
The network taught itself to detect cats. So what?

It didn't only learn to recognize cats. It also learned to recognize human faces and the shape of the human body. But even that wasn't the point. As Dr. Ng told NPR:

The point wasn't to find a cat. The point was to have a software, maybe a little simulated baby brain, if you will, wake up, not knowing anything, watch YouTube video for several days and figure out what it learns. And I'm sure it's learned tons of other things other than, you know, cats. And it's just that cats was one thing we happen to look for and found.

This experiment showed what computers can do when they are clustered together. Such neural networks are helping advance artificial intelligence in areas such as machine vision and perception, speech recognition and language translation.

While this breakthrough shows the potential to improve artificial intelligence with the "deep learning" technique of training computer processors, I can't help but finish this post with ... LOL cats.
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