Artificial Intelligence Algorithms now Writing the ‘News’ you read

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By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | JULY 12, 2012

While the military are trying to do away completely with human soldiers, high tech companies are now doing the same with the journalistic profession. Although in the past, the military and intelligence agencies infiltrated news rooms and literally began to write the news most of the public reads, watches and listens to on the main stream media, technology has now been employed to take it up another notch.

“The new reporter on the US media scene takes no coffee breaks, churns out articles at lightning speed, and has no pension plan,” explains AFP. As many people expected, the reporter of the future will not be human either, but a computer fitted with artificial intelligence capabilities, that will ‘write’ the news for public consumption. The control behind the public agenda will not only be in the hands of the powerful forces that now physically write the news most people consume, but also under the corporations and their owners who are responsible for creating an AI-based infrastructure loaded with algorithms that translate data or raw information into readable prose.

“Algorithms are producing a growing number of articles for newspapers and websites,” says AFP, such as a recent one published on Narrative Science:

“Wall Street is high on Wells Fargo, expecting it to report earnings that are up 15.7 percent from a year ago when it reports its second quarter earnings on Friday, July 13, 2012,” said the article on Forbes.com.

Of course that is just a sample.

Although it is thought that computers aren’t still capable of creating a news report in the way a human being does it, that AI computer has the unhuman capacity to process large amounts of data and information faster than a single human could, and therefore can put out more reports at all times of the day. The governments already use similar technology to automatically carried out propaganda placement campaigns in news websites all over the Internet with tools known as bots or trolls, which in many cases are simply put, computer programs that seek for words or phrases that are identified as opposing government or government policies and programs. Those bots or trolls identify such words, phrases and opinions and respond, just as a human would, to that comment.

The existence of this kind of technology may be the oasis in the middle of the desert for main stream news companies that continue to struggle not only to cut costs and improve ad sales on print, TV and radio news, but also to battle the growing influence of alternative news media. “With media companies under intense financial pressure, the move to automate some news production “does speak directly to the rebuilding of the cost economics of journalism,” reports AFP.

The possibility to create news content by using AI computers or algorithms has already found cheerleaders in academia. Stephen Doig, is a journalism professor at Arizona State University. He has used computer systems to revise information that is later given to reporters. Mr. Doig believes the use of computer algorithms to ‘write’ news is ‘a logical next step’. “I don’t have a philosophical objection to that kind of writing being outsourced to a computer, if the reporter who would have been writing it could use the time for something more interesting,” he says.

Members of the industry behind the technology used to mimic news writing, see the general use of AI computers or algorithms as news writers as ‘the next generation of content creation’. So says Scott Frederick, COO of Automated Insights, who agrees with Stephen Doig on how this technology will be the next step in content creation. His company began working on content creating technology back in 2007 and now it is responsible for generating content for news stories.

The only limitation that seems to exist with AI technology that writes news content is the quality of the input before such technology is used to create the news reports.  However, some of the samples published by AFP sound just fine. Take this one from the 2012 Super Bowl: “Hakeem Nicks had a big night, paving the way to a victory for the Giants over the Patriots, 21-17 in Indianapolis. With the victory, New York is the champion of Super Bowl XLVI.” Or if you are a New England fan, take a look at this one: “Behind an average day from Tom Brady, the Patriots lost to the Giants, 21-17 at home. With the loss, New England falls short of a Super Bowl ring.”

According to industry experts the key to the use of this technology is the data fed to it. “Data becomes the seeds of the content trees,” says Frederick. It is then the process of improving the quality of the data included in the algorithms which will render more human-like written content; a task that is by no means impossible to undertake. “We’re about two-thirds engineering and one-third journalism,” said Kristian Hammond, chief technology officer at Chicago-based Narrative Science.

Functional Immortality: The Case for Accepting Transhumanism

Our bodies, our minds and our civilization will be completely and irreversibly transformed

Time.com

Computers are getting faster. Everybody knows that. Also, computers are getting faster faster — that is, the rate at which they’re getting faster is increasing.

True? True.

So if computers are getting so much faster, so incredibly fast, there might conceivably come a moment when they are capable of something comparable to human intelligence. Artificial intelligence. All that horsepower could be put in the service of emulating whatever it is our brains are doing when they create consciousness — not just doing arithmetic very quickly or composing piano music but also driving cars, writing books, making ethical decisions, appreciating fancy paintings, making witty observations at cocktail parties.

If you can swallow that idea, and Kurzweil and a lot of other very smart people can, then all bets are off. From that point on, there’s no reason to think computers would stop getting more powerful. They would keep on developing until they were far more intelligent than we are. Their rate of development would also continue to increase, because they would take over their own development from their slower-thinking human creators. Imagine a computer scientist that was itself a super-intelligent computer. It would work incredibly quickly. It could draw on huge amounts of data effortlessly. It wouldn’t even take breaks to play Farmville.

Probably. It’s impossible to predict the behavior of these smarter-than-human intelligences with which (with whom?) we might one day share the planet, because if you could, you’d be as smart as they would be. But there are a lot of theories about it. Maybe we’ll merge with them to become super-intelligent cyborgs, using computers to extend our intellectual abilities the same way that cars and planes extend our physical abilities. Maybe the artificial intelligences will help us treat the effects of old age and prolong our life spans indefinitely. Maybe we’ll scan our consciousness into computers and live inside them as software, forever, virtually. Maybe the computers will turn on humanity and annihilate us. The one thing all these theories have in common is the transformation of our species into something that is no longer recognizable as such to humanity circa 2011. This transformation has a name: the Singularity. (Comment on this story.)

The difficult thing to keep sight of when you’re talking about the Singularity is that even though it sounds like science fiction, it isn’t, no more than a weather forecast is science fiction. It’s not a fringe idea; it’s a serious hypothesis about the future of life on Earth. There’s an intellectual gag reflex that kicks in anytime you try to swallow an idea that involves super-intelligent immortal cyborgs, but suppress it if you can, because while the Singularity appears to be, on the face of it, preposterous, it’s an idea that rewards sober, careful evaluation.

People are spending a lot of money trying to understand it. The three-year-old Singularity University, which offers inter-disciplinary courses of study for graduate students and executives, is hosted by NASA. Google was a founding sponsor; its CEO and co-founder Larry Page spoke there last year. People are attracted to the Singularity for the shock value, like an intellectual freak show, but they stay because there’s more to it than they expected. And of course, in the event that it turns out to be real, it will be the most important thing to happen to human beings since the invention of language.

The Singularity isn’t a wholly new idea, just newish. In 1965 the British mathematician I.J. Good described something he called an “intelligence explosion”:

Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever. Since the design of machines is one of these intellectual activities, an ultraintelligent machine could design even better machines; there would then unquestionably be an “intelligence explosion,” and the intelligence of man would be left far behind. Thus the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make.

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The Navy’s, Air Force’s and Darpa’s Programs to Control Your Mind

Through the Use of Electromagnetic Waves, a Town, a City or a Whole Country Can Be Controlled to Be Pacified or Exacerbated

by Luis R. Miranda
The Real Agenda
May 5, 2010

Just like a few years ago computer and information technology companies started working on microchip technology, just like DARPAmind control created the Intranet and later the Internet, non-profits surrogate to government agencies such as the Army, Navy and Air Force are now implementing radio frequency technology to affect people’s thoughts and behaviors.

The history of mind control begins with Hypnotism. In the 1920’s the Harvard Labs started a project for the creation of a “Manchurian candidate”. George Esterbrooks, a scientist in the Laboratory, worked along colleagues in a project to implement the idea of submitting a person into a deep state of hypnosis so they could fracture the human personality into two different individuals, one with full knowledge of himself and the environment, and the other with no knowledge whatsoever. Such individuals would be used as super spies in the Soviet Union and Germany. Should an individual get caught he would not be able to remember anything of their true identity.

Esterbrooks wrote books on hypnotism, spiritism and minds control through the use of LSD. On the publication MK Ultra in June 1975, from page 225 on it is clear that LSD and other hallucinogenics were used to mold the mind of individuals in order to create a double personality, which can be switched and manipulated with spoken commands. These were scientists working at psychiatric facilities who were in charge of programs working with mental patients, who they said could take advantage of the good effects of LSD and other substances for their cure, but in reality, they were lab rats who were experienced upon. In a project headed by Ewing Cameron and directed by the CIA, American mental patients and Canadian as well, were transported to private facilities in Canada for periods of six months-sometimes as many as 80 people at the time- where they were abused and injected with PCP/LSD cocktails, as well as experimented with radio frequency waves. In one case, a mental patient -a former Army officer- was brought to New York and pushed off a building to keep him from speaking out on what he was subject to during those experiments. At least 150 pages were blackened out or lost while investigations concerning mental patients abuse were conducted in the United States.

Cases of mental patients abuses abound in history with many non-profit organizations working as heads of the experiments. A group called The Mankind Research Group, in Silversprings Maryland, was one of the surrogate institutions that worked behind the scenes with the Navy and other mainstream institutions who wanted to maintain experiments of the mind as far from the light as possible. But at the head of all these non-profits were mainstream doctors and military personnel, who could not carry the experiments in public facilities due to the inhuman techniques that were used at the time.

More recently, the Navy openly published its new Manual or Protocol for Human Mental Experimentation, dated from November 6th, 2006. On page 9, it boldly states that it is the undersecretary of the Navy who is in charge of authorizing all human experimentation conducted by the institution, before they can be carried out on mental patients or prisoners. In addition, there is a request for proposal from the Air force Research Laboratory, open until September of 2009 which reads: “the ultimate goal of such a research is to develop a fully articulated theory with supporting predictive models which will facilitate the inducement of desired behavioral effects in individuals and groups in the use of non-lethal weapons.” This adds to the latest admissions by DARPA members, who have accepted the notion they have been working on programs of mass control through the use of waves. The admissions were made on an article in the Baltimore Sun.

An Air Force Research Laboratory publication named Technology Horizons from June 2004 clearly states the advanced stages which many mind control projects have achieved. “With the advent of directed energy and other revolutionary technologies, the ability to project very precise amounts of many types of energy anywhere in the world is now a reality. Controlled personnel effects, investigates technologies to make selected adversaries think and act according to our needs. Dominant remote controls seek at a distance to manipulate its vehicles, sensors, communications, and information systems and manipulate them for military purposes. Bystudying and modeling the human brain and nervous system, the ability to mentally influence or control personnel is also possible. Through sensory deception it is also possible to create synthetic images to confuse an individual’s sense of sound taste, tact and vision. All this experimentation with mind control is also used to learn how to unleash the powers of human consciousness that do not manifest very often. According to Dr. Nick Begich, what the government agencies and private corporations are looking for is how to get access to the most basic but more explosive code of the species for survival; a huge leap in human development. Begich says it is all about what we as humans are capable of and how nothing on this earth would be able to stop it. Begich sustains that the continuous bombardment of fear in today’s society towards the populations, is a way to maintain those mental powers hidden; powers which would break free otherwise.

In the 1980’s agreements between the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense, detailed what elements of mind control could be used against foreign adversaries and domestically on the people of the United States. Documents from one of the meetings at John Hopkins University, which was declared “classified”, talked about how to control human beings as the ultimate way to pacify communities. Through the use of technologies like Magnetic Induction, which is a transfer of energy through space, the government planned to maintain GPS systems and cell phones active to carry out wiretappings on citizens. Although it was first presented as an option to wirelessly charge cell phone and GPS system’s batteries, it can also be used to modulate the electromagnetic frequencies to influence human organs such as the brain, the liver, the heart, etc. The transmission of specific frequencies would be achieved through the use of cell phone towers, which would transmit those frequencies to selected areas of the world, a country, a city or a town so you could target populations at specific times.

In an article titled: The Mind has no Firewalls, the US Army War College makes clear what their goals are as far as controlling the mind of individuals and communities. “The new cutting edge of 21st Century strategic warfare will involve targeting and elimination of the enemy’s biophysical field (mind) so that the wetware – brain – has no firewalls for the mind (biophysical field) and can be taken over and/or destroyed by the biophysical field of a remote influencing adept. The development of remote viewing using Soviet protocols can enable remote influencing adepts to scan the minds of the NSA and find out, in detail, the secrets of their research into anti-gravity, inertia-less drives, beam weapons-Since the NSA use mind controlled psychics who have been implanted and subject to severe trauma to cause a multiple personality, targeting the chip in the NSA remote viewing zombies renders these creatures inoperable; one can also project into these creatures’ minds false remote viewing images so they see what you want them to see – they enter a ‘Matrix’ where you are the AI.” In Singapore, there is today a massive program for testing mind control through electromagnetic waves in very specific zones. The projects in that part of the world focus on keeping people on a lower brain wave level. The effects of the experiments are the same caused by fluoride in water and mercury in vaccines. Those two substances among many others diminish the brain capacity to use its power and all the skills that come with it.

Another technology currently used in mind control programs is quantum computers. Computers have the capacity to map every item you purchase in the supermarket through the use of a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), just like the ones people are already implanting in them. Quantum modeling of the brain clearly shows how powerful this organ really is. The most capable current super computers available to anybody, which can equal performances equivalent to 6.6 billion people doing calculations every five seconds for a total of 60 hours do those very operations in one second. The human brain -a quantum computer itself- in comparison, can take the same calculations those people could do in a trillion years, and complete them in one hour. That’s just how powerful the human brain is. Those who now work in quantum computing are looking for a way to develop something like our brain power -if it hasn’t already been found- in computers which will be capable, for example, to break any encryption that ever existed. It will be a new form of intelligence that surpasses any imaginable idea anyone has ever had. With this technology, thoughts will be manipulated to say the least. Images, ideas, dreams and the deepest feelings in a human being will be open to be molded.

Now you may be asking what are the odds that an unscrupulous mind or person takes this technology to harm us all. Well, for starters, the government has approved, through the Departments of Defense and Justice the use of other technologies as experimental programs on citizens in order to later make them part of our daily lives. Another case is Monsanto’s genetically modified corn and other vegetables that are in part responsible for the extinction of at least 60 percent of the honeybee population in the Unites States. In addition, the use of other technologies like cell phones radiation, which causes brain cancer and fluoride in the water we drink which scars our body’s internal tissue are just a few examples of how new technologies bring more trouble than solutions to our daily lives.

In the case of mind control, solutions must be found before this technology is implemented widely. Mind Control programs cannot fall into the hands of private citizens or corporations, which will clearly use them as forms of manipulation. The ways in which these technologies are put into action must be kept secret. The levels of information regarding this and other ways of mass control must be spread out to the populations so they are aware of the potential use of substances and electromagnetic waves as instruments of mind control. Read and watch the bibliographical material listed below and give it to as many people as possible in order to raise awareness. The key as in most cases is education. Passionate discussions are good, but passionate discussions with education are better. The process should take us to find complete and absolute transparency from our government and other entities that are in possession of mind control and other technologies that may potentially harm us as supposed to enlighten us.


Bibliography:

“Mind Control: The Ultimate Brave New World”

“Controlling the Human Mind”. Dr. Nick Begich.

“Advanced Neural Implants and Control”. Daryl R. Kipke. Department of Bioengeneering, Arizona State University

Biophysical Warfare – The Mind Has No Firewalls. www.Rense.com

Darpatech 2002 Symposium – Transforming Fantasy.

USSR Hypnosis at a Distance Defense Intelligence Agency

DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY ~ OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY SECNAVINST 3900.39D _ HUMAN RESEARCH PROTECTION PROGRAM