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U.S. looks to replace human surveillance with computers | Security & Privacy - CNET News
Think of it as a much, much smarter version of a red light camera: the unblinking eye of computer software that monitors dozens or even thousands of security camera feeds could catch illicit activities that human operators — who are expensive and can be distracted or sleepy — would miss. It could also, depending on how it’s implemented, raise similar privacy and civil liberty concerns.
Alessandro Oltramari, left, and Christian Lebiere say their software will « automatize video-surveillance, both in military and civil applications. » ;
A paper (PDF) the researchers presented this week at the Semantic Technology for Intelligence, Defense, and Security conference outside of Washington, D.C. — today’s sessions are reserved only for attendees with top secret clearances — says their system aims “to approximate human visual intelligence in making effective and consistent detections.”
Their Army-funded research, Oltramari and Lebiere claim, can go further than merely recognizing whether any illicit activities are currently taking place. It will, they say, be capable of “eventually predicting” what’s going to happen next.
“Given that (fighting biopiracy) is a new process and that Brazil has one of the biggest reserves of biodiversity in the world, I think most of this activity is illegal, and we’re going to find those people,” (...) examples of biopiracy abound, such as the development in the 1970s of the hypertension medication captopril from a snake venom that indigenous groups used on arrowhead tips.
Pharmaceuticals companies also used the yellow-and-green Kambo frog, found in Brazil’s Amazon state of Acre, to create anti-inflammatory drugs without distributing benefits to local residents, he said. Many of these incidents came before a 2001 decree that created the current rules governing species use.
(...) One of the biggest fines levied so far was on Brazil’s largest cosmetics maker Natura
Critics say Brazil’s often aggressive efforts to prevent biopiracy threaten to slow crucial scientific #research that could provide new #cancer treatments or remedies for diseases suffered by local populations.
alors, cancer ou cosmétiques ?
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Emotion in general leads to transmission, and awe is quite a strong emotion,” he said. “If I’ve just read this story that changes the way I understand the world and myself, I want to talk to others about what it means. I want to proselytize and share the feeling of awe. If you read the article and feel the same emotion, it will bring us closer together.
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When you build a system where you get points for the number of people who agree with you, you are building a popularity contest for ideas. However, your popularity contest for ideas will not be dominated by the people with the best ideas, but the people w
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