The Big Tech Titan recently revealed his goal of building a mind reading machine that will take augmented reality devices to a new level.
During a video recorded appearance at Harvard Law School, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained the type of mind-reading technology he is looking forward to creating in the coming decades at Facebook. In short, Zuckerberg believes it is possible for Facebook to create a “machine learning system” to understand thought patterns and interface directly with a person’s mind to operate a computer or augmented reality product.
Explaining the possible augmented reality technology, Zuckerberg said that “We have showed this demo of basically, can someone type by thinking? And of course when you talk about brain computer interfaces, there’s two dimensions of that work. There’s external stuff, and then internal stuff that’s invasive.”
“A bunch of folks who are doing this research showed a bunch of people images, I think it was animals, while having kind of a net on their head,” Zuckerberg explained that this “trained a machine learning system basically on what the pattern of that imagery looked like when a person was looking at different animals, then told the person to think about different animals, and it can predict what the person was thinking about in broad strokes just based on neural activity.”
Harvard Professor Jonathon Zittrain replied immediately that the “Fifth Amendment implications are staggering,” which led Zuckerberg to immediately try to deflect to another topic.
“Presumably this would be something someone would choose to use as a product, there’s of course all the other implications, but yeah this is going to be an interesting thing down the line,” said Zuckerberg, “I really don’t know how we got to this.”
This idea was previewed by Wired two years ago in an article suggesting Facebook is in a race to be the first to create technology that can interface with the human brain.
Dugan once oversaw Darpa, the visionary research arm of the US Department of Defense. Now, after a stint at Google, she oversees a blue-sky lab at Facebook called Building 8. Her keynote speech last week at the company’s annual developer conference marked her public debut as a Facebooker. At Google, she worked on modular smartphones and ways of converting our immediate surroundings into 3D virtual worlds. At Facebook, she and her team are building, among other things, a computer interface for the human brain.
It was a powerful speech, especially when she showed a short video of a woman with Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS, who can already control a computer tablet keyboard with her thoughts. Later, Dugan extolled the importance of Facebook’s “terrifying” effort to build something that has never been built before. “Why do we sign up to be terrified each day?” she said. “That is the price we pay for the privilege of making something great.”
Time will tell whether Zuckerberg’s idea is technologically feasible, or whether having a computer read your thoughts is something the average consumer will want to adopt, but Zuckerberg declared this to be one of the areas of technological advancement he is most excited about.
China-Funded DLive Video Platform Allows Convicted Pedophile to Stream with Child on His Lap
This is what China is pushing on the West.
DLive, a streaming platform founded with backing from the Chinese, is reportedly allowing convicted pedophiles to use their platform while booting conservatives from the platform.
One DLive streamer has been identified as 43-year-old Jason Mills, a child sex predator who has been convicted of preying upon several children.
@OfficialDLive please explain you all let predators stream and have a channel but I get banned for critiquing content? The way you treat streamers is completely biased! There’s no reason why a convicted child predator should be allowed to stream WITH A CHILD ON HIS LAP. pic.twitter.com/nAacdI8cVH
— 5Ever (@AceMaximillion) August 1, 2020
Mills has the handle of @PEPPERONIxREDD on DLive and is a verified partner on the platform. The account is heavily pizza-themed, which may be an additional cause for alarm considering those infamous WikiLeaks disclosures from 2016.
An individual convicted of child porn has been identified as a DLive streamer as well. Christopher Murray While was convicted in Britain of downloading 22 images of child pornography but never served any jail time as part of his plea deal. He was forced to undergo therapy as a condition of his suspended sentence.
— n8tesmokes (@n8tesmokes1776) August 1, 2020
DLive has emerged as a competitor of YouTube because they have allowed banished individuals to stream video on their platform. However, they are beginning to implement the same type of content restrictions that have caused the monopoly tech firms to become so reviled.
I have been patient with DLive but as their number one streamer and earner (easily), I feel I have been treated very poorly. I have made this known repeatedly and it hasn't gotten better! I guess that's just how things are going to be… so be it.
— Nicholas J. Fuentes (@NickJFuentes) June 23, 2020
Either DLive or Streamlabs is glitching because I can’t even get the stream to go live. Cool site, love it.
— Nicholas J. Fuentes (@NickJFuentes) July 30, 2020
DLive may be implementing the same type of policies as their monopoly competitors because of their ties to China. Tech entrepreneurs Charles Wayn and Cole Chen founded the platform with monetary assistance from Chinese investors. They have paid lip service to decentralization and cryptocurrency despite their Chinese ties.
“Today, the industry is dominated by a few massive companies who are incentivised to take money from their creators and push ads into content whenever possible. By decentralizing streaming, we can democratize video content while giving a better experience to viewers and creators. Creators on DLive also have a chance to find an audience and not get not buried under millions of streamers, as with larger platforms,” Wayn said.
DLive is far from the only social media platform that has taken a lax attitude toward pedophiles. Big League Politics has reported on how Twitter explicitly amended their terms of service to allow pedophiles to discuss the finer points of raping children on their platform:
Social media giant Twitter has quietly amended their terms of service to allow for “discussions related to… attraction towards minors” to be allowed on their platform.
“Discussions related to child sexual exploitation as a phenomenon or attraction towards minors are permitted, provided they don’t promote or glorify child sexual exploitation in any way,” reads Twitter’s terms of service.
Twitter allow noted that they would allow for nude depictions of children on their platform in certain instances.
“Artistic depictions of nude minors in a non-sexualized context or setting may be permitted in a limited number of scenarios e.g., works by internationally renowned artists that feature minors,” they added.
Twitter’s pro-pedo policy may have been implemented at the behest of Dr. James Cantor, who describes himself as a proud Jewish homosexual. Cantor is a leading researcher and advocate for pedophiles, who he refers to as minor-attracted persons.
Cantor wrote a letter in Jan. 2018 to John Starr, who works as Director of Trust and Safety with Twitter, with other university academics. The letter urged Twitter to allow pedophiles to network and discuss their attraction to children on the monolithic social media platform.
“Many of us have worked with a group of such non-offending pedophiles, also known as anti-contact MAPs (Minor-Attracted Persons), in a peer support network called Virtuous Pedophiles (@virpeds), as well as in other support networks,” they wrote in their letter.
“Recently, a prominent member of Virtuous Pedophiles, who goes by the pseudonym Ender Wiggin (@enderphile2), had his account permanently suspended by Twitter. At least one other member of the same network, Šimon Falko (@simgiran), also had his account permanently suspended around the same time, and a number of other accounts of non-offending, anti-contact MAPs have since been permanently or temporarily suspended,” they added.
They argued that denying pedophiles a place on the social media platform may lead to these so-called virtuous pedophiles acting on their impulses to sexually victimize kids.
Predators are being enabled by social media providers, and competition does not seem to be solving the problem. Amending Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act may be in order to bring these tech giants to heel.
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