EU got bitch slapped!
Decarbonizing the globe could have devastating consequences on the world’s way of life, warns M.J. Kelly, a University of Cambridge engineering professor. CO2 brings immense benefits In peer-reviewed research, Kelly argued that carbon dioxide should be considered the byproduct of the “immense benefits” of a technologically advanced society.Cutting carbon, said Kelly, could result in a dramatic reduction in the world’s quality of life that would usher in mass starvation, poverty and civil strife. Massive decarbonization is “only possible if we wish to see large parts of the population die from starvation, destitution or violence in the absence of enough low-carbon energy to sustain society.” “Humanity is owed a serious investigation of how we have gone so far with the decarbonization project without a serious challenge in terms of engineering reality,” Kelly added. Continue reading
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has sounded an alarm over a joint project between the FBI and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop automated tattoo recognition technologies. A research report, published by NIST in September 2015, analyzed an “open tattoo database” of 16,716 tattoo images collected operationally by law enforcement. Images in the database contained personally identifying information, including people's names, faces, and birth dates, the EFF stated. NIST's Tattoo Recognition Technology program “raises serious questions for privacy: 15,000 images of tattoos obtained from arrestees and inmates were handed over to third parties, including private companies, with little restriction on how the images may be used or shared,” wrote investigative researcher Dave Maass and Frank Stanton Legal Fellow Aaron Mackey, in an EFF blog post. The EFF warned that tattoos “unique because they're elective (people generally choose to get tattoos) and expressive (they say things about our personal lives).” The research report, conducted by NIST with funding from the FBI, noted that research into automated tattoo recognition and retrieval technologies is “not a mature domain.” The report sought to “determine what methods are effective and viable” in using automated image-based technologies to analyze tattoos. “Importantly, tattoos are also speech, and any attempt to identify, profile, sort, or link people based on their ink raises significant First Amendment questions,” the privacy organization stated. Continue reading