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Anaemia is the most common and widespread nutritional disorders in the world, affecting 2 billion people globally – or over 30 percent of the world’s population. But Canadian scientists have come up with an ingenius solution, and it’s so simple, it fits in the palm of your hand.

Meet the Lucky Iron Fish – a chunk of iron that’s thrown into the saucepan and boiled with lemon to give adults 75 percent of their daily recommended iron intake, and close to 100 percent for kids.

 The idea came to University of Guelph public health researcher, Christopher Charles, during a trip to Cambodia six years ago, when he realised how widespread anaemia was. He saw the disorder was stunting the children’s development and leaving the women so tired they were unable to work.

Iron tablets weren’t working, as they were hard to distribute and left locals with unpleasant side effects, writes Philippa Roxby for BBC Health. With previous research showing that cooking in an iron pan increased the iron content of food, Charles decided to make lumps of iron that the locals could boil to increase their iron intake.

Shaped like little smiling fish – a symbol of luck in Cambodian culture – these inexpensive iron lumps are about 7.5 centimetres long and weigh 200 grams. What makes them special is that when they’re heated up in a pan, they release iron at exactly the right concentration to provide the majority of the local’s recommended daily iron intake. The recipe is simple: boil the fish in water or soup for 10 minutes, remove from the heat, and add a generous dash of lemon juice to foster iron absorption.

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So far, the results look positive, with 50 percent of Cambodian villagers in a trial cured of anaemia after 12 months of using the fish. It’s crucial for the success for the project that the fish be deemed culturally acceptable, and they seem to be getting the tick from locals. A mother from the Preah Vihear province, who is participating in one of the trials, told the BBC, “I’m happy, the blood test results show that I have the iron deficiency problem, so I hope will be cured and will be healthy soon. I think all the people in Sekeroung village will like the fish, because fish is our everyday food.”

The fish are now being used by about 2,500 Cambodian families and another 9,000 fish have been distributed to hospitals and charity organisations around the country.

Being deficient in iron means the body doesn’t produce enough red blood cells, which are vital to carry oxygen around the blood. A shortage can mean our organs and tissues are oxygen-deprived, making us tired, pale and more vulnerable to illness. It hits women and children the hardest, with almost 50 percent in the developing world being diagnosed with anaemia.

In terms of preventing this, one of the major hurdles is that there are different types of anaemia, and the disorder can be caused by a multitude of things, such as vitamin deficiencies and parasitic infections. It can also be tough to measure iron deficiency in the developing world, making accurate statistics a near-impossibility.

Suffice it to say, it’s a big problem that Charles says is caused in Cambodia by what the locals eat. “They have a really poor diet – a big plate of white rice and maybe a small cut of fish,” he told Roxby at the BBC. “That’s their two meals a day. And it’s just not meeting their nutritional requirements.”

Next on the agenda for the Lucky Iron Fish project is to distribute the fish just about everywhere, including countries like Australia, Canada and the US. While perhaps not as necessary, experts say it’d do us no harm.

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US Govt proposes to classify cybersecurity or hacking tools as weapons of war http://wearechange.org/us-govt-proposes-to-classify-cybersecurity-or-hacking-tools-as-weapons-of-war/ http://wearechange.org/us-govt-proposes-to-classify-cybersecurity-or-hacking-tools-as-weapons-of-war/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 21:19:16 +0000 http://wearechange.org/?p=35256 We Are Change

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Until now only when someone possessed a chemical, biological or nuclear weapon, it was considered to be a weapon of mass destruction in the eyes of the law. But we could have an interesting — and equally controversial — addition to this list soon. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), an agency of the United States Department of Commerce that deals with issues involving national security and high technology has proposed tighter export rules for computer security tools — first brought up in the Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) at the Plenary meeting in December 2013. This proposal could potentially revise an international agreement aimed at controlling weapons technology as well as hinder the work of security researchers.

At the meeting, a group of 41 like-minded states discussed ways to bring cybersecurity tools under the umbrella of law, just as any other global arms trade. This includes guidelines on export rules for licensing technology and software as it crosses an international border. Currently, these tools are controlled based on their cryptographic functionality. While BIS is yet to clarify things, the new proposed rule could disallow encryption license exceptions.

The new proposal is irking security researchers, who find exporting controls on vulnerability research a regulation of the flow of information. You see, these folks need to use tools and scripts that intrude into a protected system. If the proposal becomes a law, it will force these researchers to find a new mechanism to beat the bad guys.

As per the agreement, the new definition of ‘intrusion software’ refers to a tool which is capable of extraction or/and modification of data or information from a computer or network-enabled device. The modification also includes tweaking of the standard execution path of a program. In addition, the tool could also be designed to avoid detection by “monitoring tools” (software or hardware devices such as antivirus products that monitor system behaviors or processes running on a device). Tools including hypervisors, debuggers and others that are used for reverse engineering software won’t be considered as “intrusion software”.

Security items being exported to government users in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the UK — or the “Five Eyes” nations — would get some leeway and looser restrictions. This is because the intelligence agencies in these five nations collaborate closely. BIS is seeking comments on the proposed rule — available to all in the Federal Register — with a deadline of July 20, 2015.

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Declassified Document Proves DoD Supporting ISIS via “buffer zones” http://wearechange.org/declassified-document-proves-dod-supporting-isis-via-buffer-zones/ http://wearechange.org/declassified-document-proves-dod-supporting-isis-via-buffer-zones/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 20:53:47 +0000 http://wearechange.org/?p=35252 We Are Change

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While the Western mainstream media and even independent gatekeepers like Noam Chomsky for years spread the lie that any suggestion that the United States and NATO were supporting ISIS was a “conspiracy theory,” recently uncovered and declassified documents from the Defense Intelligence Agency have proven the Western press and the likes of Chomsky wrong and, yet again, the so-called “conspiracy theorists” right.This is because, on May 18, Judicial Watch published a selection of recently declassified documents that were obtained from the US Department of Defense and the US State Department as a result of a lawsuit filed against the US government. The lawsuit and most of the documents contained within the release revolved around the Benghazi scandal but a deeper look into the documents dating back to 2012 reveal an even bigger story – that the US and NATO have admitted in their own documents to supporting al-Qaeda and ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Docs Show Al-Qaeda Involvement From Beginning – No Moderates

The documents demolish the “official story” of Western governments promoted from the beginning of the Syrian crisis until the present day – that the “rebellion” was organic, grassroots, and made up of moderates and freedom-loving democracy proponents. The document states unequivocally that “The Salafist [sic] the Muslim Brotherhood, and AQI are the major forces driving the insurgency in Syria.” It points out that “The West, Gulf countries, and Turkey support the opposition; while Russia, China, and Iran support the regime.” Tellingly, the report then states that “AQI supported the Syrian opposition from the beginning, both ideologically and through the media . . .”

Indeed, the documents clearly admit that the crisis unfolding in Syria was never a moderate rebellion fighting for democracy, it was made up of fighters from the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda (al-Qaeda In Iraq/Al-Nusra Front) from the very beginning.

US, Turkey, NATO Supporting ISIS and al-Qaeda – Supporting the Creation of Buffer Zones

The document continues in its revelations by stating that:

Opposition forces are trying to control the eastern areas (Hasaka and Der Zor), adjacent to the western Iraqi provinces (Mosul and Anbar), in addition to neighboring Turkish borders. Western countries, the Gulf states and Turkey are supporting these efforts. This hypothesis is most likely in accordance with the data from recent events, which will help prepare safe havens under international sheltering, similar to what transpired in Libya when Benghazi was chosen as the command center of the temporary government.

“Opposition forces,” of course, are al-Qaeda, al-Nusra Front, and ISIS, as mentioned and defined earlier by the DIA document. Thus, any questions of whether or not the US and its NATO/GCC allies have been supporting jihadists and terrorists, should be answered with the admissions made within these pages.

If al-Qaeda/ISIS = the “opposition,” then the US support for the “opposition” = US support for al-Qaeda/ISIS.

What is also well-known but now finally admitted to by the US government itself is the plan to establish “buffer zones” and “safe zones” on the Libyan model inside Syria. Such a plan has been covered extensively by myself and Tony Cartalucci (as well as many others in the alternative media) when the concept was considered a “conspiracy theory.”

Dividing Iraq and Syria – Fighting Iran and Shi’ite Expansion

In regards to geopolitical concerns and the breakup and destruction of the Syrian government as well as the Iraqi leadership, the document states:

If the situation unravels there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria, (Hasaka and Der Zor), and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).

This “Salafist principality” is obviously the Islamic State, particularly when one visualizes the maps of territory claimed by the jihadist organization. As the DIA document admits, the expansion of the ISIS principality is taking place with the support and assistance of Western powers. This much is evidenced by the fact that the ISIS fighters running rampant across Iraq and especially Syria could never have been able to do so were it not for the support given to them by the GCC and NATO. These fighters certainly could never have held such territory if Western military assistance, Saudi money, and Turkish/Israeli logistics and intelligence had not been provided to them.

Note also the justification provided for such support: not only is the goal to “isolate the Syrian regime,” it is to prevent the “Shia expansion,” meaning the arc of influence held by Iran, growing daily largely due to Western imperialism, hypocrisy, tyranny, and double standards. Instead of attempting to combat Iran’s influence in a race for development and the raising of living standards, the West funds jihadist savages to behead and rape their away across civilized nations. This is because the goal is not merely to disrupt Iranian influence, it is to destroy Iran completely. Even Iran itself is a stepping stone to a greater confrontation with Russia and China.

Tony Cartalucci understands this concept well as he writes in his own article “America Admittedly Behind ISIS ‘Surge,’” when he says:

The Syrian war is not a localized conflict with limited goals. It is one leg of a much larger agenda to destroy Iran next, then move on to Russia and China. Combined with the Syrian campaign, the West has attempted to create arcs of destabilization across Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and completely encircling China in Southeast Asia.

What this constitutes is a World War executed through the use of 4th generation warfare. At the same time, the West attempts to seek temporary appeasement and accommodation for itself so that it can more effortlessly advance its plans. Attempts to portray itself as interested in “negotiations” with Iran while it wages a proxy war on its doorstep is a prime example of this.

The corporate-financier special interests that have hijacked the United States and Europe have essentially declared war on all lands beyond their grasp, as well as on any and all among their own ranks who oppose their hegemonic aspirations.

The vile conspiracy now openly unfolding in Syria, seeing to its destruction at the hands of terrorists the US is openly backing after claiming for over a decade to be “fighting” is a harbinger of the destruction that complacency and failure to resist will bring all other nations caught in the path of these special interests. Nations not immediately caught in the grip of chaos created by this conspiracy must use their time wisely, preparing the appropriate measures to resist. They must study carefully what has been done in Syria and learn from both the mistakes and accomplishments of the Syrian government and armed forces in fighting back.

Conclusion

While the Western mainstream press and other “independent” gatekeepers were attempting to paint the suggestion that the United States was supporting ISIS in Iraq and Syria as a “conspiracy theory,” the US government was indeed supporting ISIS in Iraq and Syria but hiding behind a narrative of democracy-loving freedom fighters and “moderate rebels” as it did so. This narrative was disseminated by the same Western press that labeled the alternative media as a collection of paranoid schizophrenics for reporting what has now been confirmed by the DIA document release a full four to ten years ago.

The truth is that the United States has been funding ISIS all along and that the terrorist organization would not exist were it not for its being created by American intelligence agencies as far back as the 1970s under the name Al-Qaeda and Mujahadeen.

While the DIA document release is only news in terms of the confirmation of US support for ISIS, it can be chalked up as one more reason the mainstream and traditional media outlets have become entirely irrelevant and overwhelmingly discredited.

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Pizza Hut and Taco Bell Announce They’re Ditching Artificial Ingredients http://wearechange.org/pizza-hut-and-taco-bell-announce-theyre-ditching-artificial-ingredients/ http://wearechange.org/pizza-hut-and-taco-bell-announce-theyre-ditching-artificial-ingredients/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 20:03:45 +0000 http://wearechange.org/?p=35249 We Are Change

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Hundreds of thousands of people around the world filled the streets over the weekend for the 3rd annual March Against Monsanto. Not only has the March heightened the public’s awareness about the crimes of Monsanto, it has also played its part in helping apply consumer pressure on food companies to provide natural ingredients in their products.  

Before the tan of the marchers has even had time to fade, another company has now bowed to the demands of the customer.

Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, who are both owned by YUM Brands, have announced that they are abandoning artificial colors and flavors.

For example, artificial dye Yellow No. 6 will be removed from Taco Bell’s nacho cheese, Blue No. 1 will be taken out of its avocado ranch dressing and carmine, a bright pigment, will be removed from its red tortilla strips. Actual black pepper will also be used in seasoned beef, replacing black pepper flavoring. High-fructose corn syrup and unsustainable palm oil are also on Taco Bell’s ingredient chopping block.

Don’t lace up your shoes and start ‘Running for the Border’ quite yet though, the changes will not affect ingredients in soft drinks or co-branded products, such as their Doritos-flavored taco shells.

Liz Matthews, the faux-Mexican fast food chain’s chief food innovation officer, said that the transition from artificial to natural ingredients should be complete by the end of the year. Pizza Hut also plans to remove artificial flavors and colors by the end of July.

Earlier this year, Chipotle announced that they would be implementing an entirely GMO-free menu, and Panera, McDonald’s and Subway have also announced they will start using more natural ingredients. McDonald’s also said that they plan on closing the doors of 700 restaurants worldwide in 2015.

While these fast food restaurants still may not be the healthiest option for sustenance available, it is a step in the right direction that at least some of the public’s concerns are finally being addressed.

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Sheriff dispatches SWAT tank and chopper – finds a homeless man with food http://wearechange.org/sheriff-dispatches-swat-tank-and-chopper-finds-a-homeless-man-with-food/ http://wearechange.org/sheriff-dispatches-swat-tank-and-chopper-finds-a-homeless-man-with-food/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 16:50:10 +0000 http://wearechange.org/?p=35244 We Are Change

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[This is a very brief story, yet it demonstrates the ridiculous hair-trigger attitude of police in the US. Could it be how they are trained? The newspaper also never discloses the sheriff responsible for this action. Below this article is a We Are Change video titled: “2012 Police State and Solutions” give it a watch.]

A Florida sheriff sent in the works — a tank filled with SWAT members, dozens of deputies, a helicopter — and found this inside a church: a sleeping man with a bag of food he had been given.

The cause for alarm: reports of a suspect, possibly armed and making threatening comments, according to bradenton.com. Turned out the man was clutching a liquor bottle filled with wine.

Why the massive response?

“When they heard that, they saw what they thought could be a weapon and they became alarmed and law enforcement got involved,” Manatee County sheriff’s spokesman Dave Bristow said.

The man found at The Bridge Church in Manatee County will not be charged criminally.

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Kylie Jenner Exposes Chemtrails – “Trying to Wake People Up” http://wearechange.org/kylie-jenner-exposes-chemtrails-trying-to-wake-people-up/ http://wearechange.org/kylie-jenner-exposes-chemtrails-trying-to-wake-people-up/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 15:46:19 +0000 http://wearechange.org/?p=35240 We Are Change

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Kylie Jenner Exposes Chemtrails – “Trying to Wake People Up” Hates Her Illuminati Family Now? This is Interesting…Below is an interview Luke Rudkowski did with chem-trail whistelblower Kristen Meghan, click here to read a WRC article covering the subject of chem-trails.

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Apple Co-Founder: ‘US would look like Dubai if it didn’t spend all its money on military’ http://wearechange.org/apple-co-founder-us-would-look-like-dubai-if-it-didnt-spend-all-its-money-on-military/ http://wearechange.org/apple-co-founder-us-would-look-like-dubai-if-it-didnt-spend-all-its-money-on-military/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 12:47:47 +0000 http://wearechange.org/?p=35237 We Are Change

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“Everything is first-class,” says Nerd-in-Chief Steve Wozniak of Dubai, as we sit down to chat on the sidelines of this month’s Gartner Symposium at the Madinat Arena.

“The United States used to talk, when I was growing up, like that’s what we were. The US would look like this if we didn’t spend all our money on the military.”

He tells me he has visited the emirate once before with his wife, Janet, in February, but had little time to properly explore. This time he is absorbing more of the skyline.

“It’s a little bit shocking to see something this beautiful and clean; if a computer were this clean, I would love it as a [piece of] technology,” he enthuses.

In fact, “enthusiastic” is a word that neatly summarises the 64-year-old Apple co-founder. A man who is arguably at the heart of home computing history, naturally inspires a lengthy introduction, but David Willis, Gartner VP and Distinguished Analyst, managed an aptly brief biography when introducing Wozniak to a packed auditorium during the company’s three-day summit.

“Everybody knows, everybody loves Steve Wozniak,” said Willis. “Of course we know him as the co-founder of Apple. He was the principle, sole designer of the Apple I and II. Did you know that before that he used to hack the telephone system, just for fun? Did you also know he founded the first company to market the universal remote control? He also founded an Internet of Things company back in 2001, before anyone was talking about the Internet of Things. He’s a beloved technology personality… We all have Steve to thank for making technology approachable for normal people.”

And “Woz” is equally approachable for normal people. He speaks passionately about everything and does not appear to edit himself. When we start to talk about privacy and I ask him whether he thinks NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is a hero or a villain his answer is prompt and unabashed.

“Total hero to me; total hero,” he gushes. “Not necessarily [for] what he exposed, but the fact that he internally came from his own heart, his own belief in the United States Constitution, what democracy and freedom was about. And now a federal judge has said that NSA data collection was unconstitutional.”

Snowden, who revealed classified NSA documents to reporters in 2013, is a fugitive from US prosecutors, living on a temporary visa in Russia, another nation he has criticised for its approach to privacy. The judgement Wozniak refers to is that of a federal court in New York, which earlier this month found Section 215 of the US Patriot Act, which authorised the mass surveillance programmes exposed by Snowden, to be insufficient grounds for justifying the NSA’s collection of domestic communications data.

“So he’s a hero to me, because he gave up his own life to do it,” says Wozniak. “And he was a young person, to give up his life. But he did it for reasons of trying to help the rest of us and not just mess up a company he didn’t like.”

As stories emerge worldwide of implanted spyware in commercially available hard disks and in SIM cards sold to international telecoms companies, security specialists have incessantly offered solutions to the general public, as to how to shield private activities and data from prying eyes. Wozniak, however, is pessimistic about the prospects of protection, and believes the root cause of the problem extends back to the early years of OS development.

“It’s almost impossible [to protect yourself] because today’s operating systems generally get so huge that they can only come from a few sources, like Microsoft, Google and Apple,” he says. “And those operating systems have so many millions of lines of code in them, built by tens of thousands of engineers over time, that it’s so difficult to go back and detect anything in it that’s spying on you. It’s like having a house with 50,000 doors and windows and you have no idea where there might be a tiny little camera.”

Woz is an ardent privacy advocate and bemoans the lost chances of computing’s fledgling years, where he feels it may have been possible to block future attempts at monitoring.

“There is a type of technology that you can fairly securely today run on your computer and someone else’s computer, [which allows you to] send them a message and it’s private the way it should be,” he says. “I believe that I should be allowed to send a message to my wife and nobody can know it unless they know our passwords.

In 1991, a system named PGP [Pretty Good Privacy] emerged for secure point-to-point data transfer. The data to be sent was encrypted on the machine that sent it and decrypted on the destination machine. Wozniak decries the technology as a lost opportunity for OS vendors.

“At that point in time, if Apple and Microsoft had built [PGP] into their operating system, it would have been a permanent part of email and all email would have been secure,” he says. “Now we’re talking about making laws that you cannot use encryption. It’s almost like you can’t have any secrets anymore. And the modern generation just accepts this as the status quo.

“Companies like Google and Facebook are trying to make money off knowing things about you; they’re trying to funnel things to you and make money that way. Apple is only making good products that you can choose to buy if you want, so I look at Apple as being more the protector of privacy than anyone else.”

But privacy has not been the only casualty of lax security. Increasingly frequent reports by cyber-security companies, regulators and inter-nation co-operatives such as the Organisation of American States (OAS), point to a rise in the number of infiltrations of utilities, telecoms networks, energy companies and other critical infrastructures. Earlier this month, US hacker Chris Roberts told FBI agents that he had hacked into the navigation systems of a commercial US airliner through the plane’s inflight entertainment system, and successfully executed a “climb” command.

Wozniak has been following Robert’s story.

“First of all we have to thank [Roberts] because whatever he did, whether it’s real or made up, it sure brought to our attention how critical this is,” says Wozniak. “Why do people leave out security all the time? It’s just how we are as humans. We grew up with very little security in our homes. Just a lock on the door.

“Every new technology leaves out security and protections; they just want to accomplish something that hasn’t been done before, and then later on, once they get attacked, they have to go back and think out the security. And operating systems are not very good at being preventative. So that is a huge worry to people, but I’m sure that aeroplane companies are going back already making sure that their internal electronics are not reachable.”

Roberts reportedly cracked the control systems through a modified Ethernet cable and default usernames and passwords. This mirrors the shaky security in many home modern routers, which users rarely change. Similar security lapses exist in many small businesses, which may outsource their technology function. Service providers use common credentials for ease of support.

“I have at least 200 different types of account and most of them have different passwords,” says Wozniak. “There’s no way in the world a human being can remember [all] that. If you could have a physical key that has your passwords, and if the key leaves your presence it doesn’t work; that’s a very good system. And two-step authentication is also pretty good because it relies on one physical device.

“There are probably systems that are very secure technically, but will people adapt to them? It’s got to be so natural. Apple has come up with the most natural techniques so far with the iPhone TouchID. And the Watch, where you don’t even have to pull the phone out of your pocket; that’s pretty simple.”

He also makes mention of the Find my iPhone app, which allows owners of lost iPhones to disable their device, as a deterrent to theft. But in this arena, Woz awards the gold to Google.

“There’s an equivalent [of Find my iPhone] in the Google world, [through] Cerberus, where you can not only disable the device, but tell it to take pictures of the user, or if they do certain activities, it automatically takes their picture and sends it to you. Very clever.”

As technology moves into third-platform and Internet-of-Whatever paradigms, it seems only fitting to ask on of the founding fathers of personal computing about what may lie beyond. The discussion inevitably leads to artificial intelligence.

“You used to put questions about the world, to a really smart person,” Wozniak says. “Now you ask Google. So we replaced a very big part of the brain with Google searches. We didn’t ever develop the Internet, Google or personal computers, thinking ‘here’s our goal to replace part of the brain’. It just sort of happened by accident.”

A number of AI projects are making headlines. Japan’s SoftBank demonstrated an emotion-mimicking robot called Pepper; Yahoo invested in a research group that is working on a semantic model to supplant Apple’s Siri; and IBM’s Watson platform was able to outfox humans in the quiz show, Jeopardy. But I put it to Wozniak that projects like these do not emulate true thought. He agrees, but sees a vibrant future in the field of AI.

“I think, as we keep developing finer and finer points of the technology, especially the neural network learning machines that have been demonstrated – and IBM has its SyNAPSE chips now – I think we’re going to stumble on to the formula that learns by itself. And that’s going to be unbeatable for being true intelligence, not simulated intelligence.”

The nature of machine intelligence has been debated by academics and engineers even before 1950, when British mathematician Alan Turing proposed his famed test to determine true artificial thought. In the most basic interpretation, a human subject interacts through a computer with both a machine and a human, both of which are screened from the interrogator. If the subject cannot tell the difference, the machine passes the test.

“You see, we have cases where a machine can pass the Turing Test,” says Wozniak. “Is this a machine or a real person? It seems like a real person to me. But it’s still not as good as you and I talking. What if I were a machine and I’m this good at listening to you and talking to you, and you didn’t know the difference. That’s the fear we have. We can’t do that yet but we’re getting closer and closer.

“I think the key is the Internet. Because the Internet is like a collective consciousness, showing what all the humans of the world are thinking and searching for. Maybe our brains aren’t much more than one step more of analysing the data. I can say words into Siri and it gets the words right, but it doesn’t know the meaning of what I’m really asking, and I’m thinking that if you write software to analyse every one of these cases you’ll get out the real meaning. So here’s the Internet; it’s got as many nodes as we have neurons; as many network connections as we have synapses. So that’s likely going to be a big player… [in] true intelligence.”

I bring up quantum computing, the revolutionary new approach that could potentially lead to processing speeds many orders of magnitude greater than what humans are currently used to. I ask Wozniak if this could this allow AI to take a leap forward.

“I don’t think [processing power is that important],” he says. “I think it just goes along with the development, it’s not critical. Quantum computing has such extreme promise that maybe I could be wrong, but I’ve said all my life that if [a machine] could do a million things a second, if it did a billion, if it did a trillion, it would never solve that problem [of true intelligence]. So raw speed is not a critical factor to help solve problems. Quantum computing is like looking at [a problem] from so many angles at the same time that you can solve things that were unsolvable before, so it does have promise. But I don’t know enough about quantum computing to know if I can trust it.”

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Ecocapsule is the egg-shaped tiny home that can go off-grid ANYWHERE http://wearechange.org/ecocapsule-is-the-egg-shaped-tiny-home-that-can-go-off-grid-anywhere/ http://wearechange.org/ecocapsule-is-the-egg-shaped-tiny-home-that-can-go-off-grid-anywhere/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 23:31:25 +0000 http://wearechange.org/?p=35233 We Are Change

Source: Tree Hugger Often when we show tiny homes, read […]

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Often when we show tiny homes, readers point out that designers should learn from boats, where people have been organizing small spaces forever. Now Bratislava based Nice Architects introduce the very nice and very boat-like Ecocapsule, ” a low-energy house packed into a compact form. It merges an energy efficient shape, compact volume and off-grid capabilities with the luxuries of a warm bed, running water and a hot meal.

© Ecocapsule

The designers claim that it “is fitted with all essentials necessary for a comfortable prolonged stay without a need to recharge or re-supply.” It has all the comforts of home: a tiny kitchen, a bathroom with toilet and shower (Gizmag says it’s a composting toilet, but the Ecocapsule site says flushing toilet. A composter makes more sense) There is a pullout bed and lots of storage, all in a 4.468m (14′-7″) by 2.407m (8′) egg with an area of 8m2 (86 SF).

© Ecocapsule

It’s powered by 2.6m2 (28 SF) of solar integrated into the roof and a 750 Watt (42.65 BTUs/minute) wind turbine feeding a 4200 Wh battery bank. The shape is somehow optimized for rainwater collection, which is then filtered for use.

© Ecocapsule

The designers see it serving a number of different functions:

Ecocapsule is a portable house offering an unmatched dwelling experience. With its immense off-grid life span, worldwide portability and flexibility it is suitable for a wide range of applications: from an independent research station or a tourist lodge to an emergency housing or a humanitarian-action unit.

© Ecocapsule

With that lovely aerodynamic shape, it is a shame that it is not on wheels; it would make a great trailer and it would be a lot easier to move around.

© Ecocapsule

I often complain about the designs of tiny homes and as we say on our about page, am partial to a modern aesthetic. But I do wonder about how this unit actually could live up to some of the designers’ claims:

  • If offers a long off-grid stay
  • It brings civilization’s standards into the wilderness
  • It has an energy sustainable shape
  • It has low energy consumption
  • It is easily transportable around the globe
  • It does not require any supporting infrastructure

© Ecocapsule

Everything needs supporting infrastructure; waste tanks have to be emptied, gas bottles for cooking have to be filled. Truly going off grid is hard work, a lot more than just airdropping an egg. But hey, it is lovely to look at. More at Ecocapsule.

© Ecocapsule

 

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Israel to seize 202 acres of Palestinian land as dumping ground http://wearechange.org/israel-to-seize-202-acres-of-palestinian-land-as-dumping-ground/ http://wearechange.org/israel-to-seize-202-acres-of-palestinian-land-as-dumping-ground/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 21:12:02 +0000 http://wearechange.org/?p=35230 We Are Change

Source: Press TV Israel has decided to seize some 202 a […]

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 A photo grab of Palestinian farmland which Israel has decided to turn into a dumping ground (Palestine TV)


A photo grab of Palestinian farmland which Israel has decided to turn into a dumping ground (Palestine TV)

Source: Press TV

Israel has decided to seize some 202 acres of privately owned Palestinian land in the West Bank to make a new dumping grounds for its illegal settlements.

The lands belong to around 140 Palestinian families from Rammoun and Deir Dibwan near Ramallah, the International Middle East Media Center reported on Sunday.

The targeted area contains farmlands with fertile soil and wells, used by residents to plant crops and graze livestock.

The dumping ground “would serve the settlements” and Palestinians would not have access to it, Israeli authorities said.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds in 1967.

Much of the international community regards the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were occupied by Israel in 1967, and they are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbids construction on occupied lands.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has also voiced concern over Israel’s bid to push ahead with the construction of illegal settlements in the occupied territories, saying the plan is “illegal under international law.”

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Sweetener Stevia Was Once Hailed As An Anti-Fertility Agent for Population Reduction http://wearechange.org/sweetener-stevia-was-once-hailed-as-an-anti-fertility-agent-for-population-reduction/ http://wearechange.org/sweetener-stevia-was-once-hailed-as-an-anti-fertility-agent-for-population-reduction/#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 18:27:47 +0000 http://wearechange.org/?p=35226 We Are Change

Source: Activist Post Maybe it’s not so sweet now […]

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Source: Activist Post

Maybe it’s not so sweet now… If you’ve thought stevia, the natural alternative to sugar and artificial sweetners with aspartame, et al., is too good to be true, there may be a catch. Check out this textbook written in 1970 by Paul and Anne Ehrlich, the precursor to the textbook Ecoscience they wrote with Obama Science Czar John P. Holdren seven years later. The book advocates all manner of horrors to depopulate what they consider an overpopulated world, including everything from adding sterilants to the water and food to producing a sterilizing virus that requires a vaccine antidote one could apply for… it’s a nightmare.

As such, it was pretty shocking to find a passage where the authors excitedly discuss using stevia rebaudiana — the same sweet leaf hailed everywhere today as a wonderful, healthy sugar alternative — as an anti-fertility agent. What’s more, it had apparently been used traditionally by indigenous Indian populations in Paraguay for a long time, and rats in studies had shown a large drop in fertility after being administered stevia…

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