Google Now Has Access To Millions Of Patient’s Health Records

Those naughty leakers at The Antimedia have revealed a controversial deal between tech giant Google and the National Health Service (NHS) which will allow artificial intelligence units access to 1.6 million confidential medical records. Since 2014, Google has been involved in a ‘scientific research project’ which attempts to ‘understand human health’, but a new leak reveals the data gathering goes far beyond what was originally anticipated – well now there’s a surprise.

Michaela Whitton, ANTIMEDIA
May 3, 2016

United Kingdom — A controversial deal between tech giant Google and the National Health Service (NHS) will allow artificial intelligence units access to 1.6 million confidential medical records. Since 2014, Google has partnered with several scientists in an attempt to understand human health, but a new report reveals the data gathering goes far beyond what was originally anticipated.

According to documents obtained by the New Scientist, the data sharing agreement between Google-owned artificial intelligence company DeepMind and the Royal Free NHS Trust gives access to the sensitive healthcare data of millions of NHS patients. The chilling and wide-reaching deal allows DeepMind access to the medical records of the 1.6 million people passing annually through the three London hospitals owned by the Trust — Barnet, Chase Farm, and the Royal Free.

The Google-owned A.I. firm announced in February it was working with the NHS to build an app called Streams — intended to help hospitals monitor patients with kidney disease. However, the new information has revealed that the extent of the data being shared goes much further and includes logs of day-to-day hospital activity, records of the location and status of patients, and even logs of who visits them and when.

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America’s GDP Surges 4% in Quarter 2 – Jonathan Creek Shows How The Trick Is Done

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This morning the US Bureau of Economic Analysis, an agency of the Commerce department revealed Q2 GDP statistics which blew made nonesense of estimates, showing year on year growth for the second quarter at 4.0%. This was explained as the result of a surge in Inventories and Fixed Investment, while exports added only 1.23% to the GDP number. The full breakdown by component is shown below.

The BEA noted, “The Bureau emphasized that the second-quarter advance estimate released today is based on source data that are incomplete or subject to further revision by the source agency. The “second” estimate for the second quarter, based on more complete data, will be released on August 28, 2014.”

Hmmmm – several notes of caution there, and let’s not forget that the corresponding figure (the headline grabber) for the first quarter said GDP had grown by 1.6% for the quarter. This was later revised to -2.9% with the long cold winter (Warmageddonists please note) blamed for the contraction.

See a detailed breakdown of figures as the BEA web site.

What does this mean for the global economy? Nothing really, the economic recovery being puffed by Obama in the USA is as illusory as the one George Osborne is raving about in the UK. And don’t let any economically illiterate idiots tell you everything would be hunky dory if Labour were in power. Remember Osborne’s recovery illusion is employing the same trickery as the Brown Balls Boom of 2001 – 2007.

The real problem is that GDP, the statistic used by most governments as a measure of their economic success, is not a meaningful measure of economic performance. It only measures the amount of money churning through the economy. So ship in a million immigrants, give them £200 a week in benefits and you have grown the economy by £200million a week. Then if you fund that by raising £100million in taxes and borrowing £100million, you have ‘grown’ GPD by £400million a week.

Simples.

Do not trust a word government (of any political party) says. It is the responsibility of the electorate to hold the buggers to account.

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Scientists Create 1st Living Organism From Artificial DNA

Aren’t scientists wonderful. They keep claiming they have done all this scary sci fi stuff but in reality they haven’t a clue what they’ve done, which is why they areblissfilly unaware it has been done before.

Source: Cryptogon

In true sci-fi fashion, a team of researchers from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla, Calif., has created a brand-new bacteria based on a genetic structure found nowhere on Earth.

According to lead researcher Floyd Romesberg, the feat involved artificially engineering a unique combination of DNA material — a combination not found in any living creature — and then successfully inserting it into a living cell that usually contains only natural combinations of DNA.

“Life on Earth in all its diversity is encoded by only two pairs of DNA bases, A-T and C-G,” Romesberg explained in an institute news release. “And what we’ve made is an organism that stably contains those two plus a third, unnatural pair of bases.”

“This shows that other solutions to storing [genetic] information are possible,” he added, “and, of course, takes us closer to an expanded-DNA biology that will have many exciting applications — from new medicines to new kinds of nanotechnology.”

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It’s like the time that American nutter Craig Venter claimed he had created a new life form in a test tube. Only he hadn’t, he’d taken the nucleus from one sperm germ and put it in a sperm germ from another species, having first removed all the genetic material from the host sperm germ. It was what’s known as a research grant phishing exercise.

The key phrase is “inserting it into a living cell” They did not create anything, they modified.

“the fashioning of a half-synthetic organism that could actually
replicate its unnatural self as long as scientists continuously supplied
it with the necessary molecular material.”
Sooo it can’t replicate its unnatural self then, lol

can’t wait to see what new types of virus and disease these insane bastards will eventually come up with to wipe out themselves and the rest of us.

But on a more serious note DNA is often compared by scientists to computer code, because they don’t undrstand computers but think “ooh, computers are scientific, I’m a scientist, therefore I must be a whizz with computers”.

There is a large portion of DNA which is not related to the physical expression of genes (brown eyes etc.) but to the control of the expression of the genes themselves (growing). In this respect that part of the genome can be seen as the program, and the remainder can be viewed as the data which the program processes.

Dinosaurs are said to be indirect ancestors of chickens yet if you put velociraptor DNA into a chicken egg nucleus, nothing will happen because the “code” in the chicken egg can no longer read the “data” in the velociraptor DNA, any more than my XP laptop can read old Word Perfect files or run Lotus 123 spreadsheets.

Inserting this new, designer “DNA” in an existing cell is like trying to run a Java program on a Commodore Pet.

If the artificial “DNA” is in some way “code”, then it’s code that doesn’t know how to “read” the nature’s data.

OK, that isn’t how a biologist would express it, I’m a computer man. So I read the article and understood got someone to explain it, then I put it into computerguythink.

The fact that the artificial DNA didn’t kill the cell suggests that it is not capable of interfering with the cell’s functioning, and therefore is inert, a foreign body in an existing species of living organism rather than a functioning part of a new species.

These guys have managed to add a data structure but without the corresponding code to do anything with it, i.e. this is Chemistry, not Biology. A typical genetic research puff piece aimed at gullible investors.

Which is par for the course with this wannabe god science.

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When Algorithms Rule The World

Google, Facebook, Amazon: algorithms will soon rule our lives so we’d better understand how they work

A very scary item is hidden away the the government’s budget for this year – not an allocation of funs for joining in the Thiord World War, nor a chunk of money for building wind farms everywhere so coal and oil power stations can be closed and the weirdie beardies can have their wish and make us all sit shivering in the darmk and playing I-spy-with-my-little-eye for entertainment. It was actually the £220 was million of government funding for the new Alan Turing Institute for “big data and algorithm” research.

Today, with the awesome processing power of modern computers and the “big data” analysis, algorithms designed to analyse the shitloads of data illegally obtained every day by government security agencies and evil corporate entities like google and Microsoft, algorithms increasingly manipulate or even control what information we have access to. Technology can also be used to influence our choice of products and with our social behaviour.

In spite of all that, many people still have no idea what algorithms can do or how they are used. An algorithm is just a simple formula which must be followed to calculate the answer to a mathematical problem. (The word “algorithm” itself is derived from the eighth-century Persian mathematician Al-Khwa-rizmi- but the concept goes all the way back to the Greeks.)

Algorithms are vital to the internet because they help to order and arrange vast volumes of data at a scale and speed impossible for a human. Google’s famous PageRank algorithm counts the number of links to a page and assesses their quality to determine how important a website is. The quality and quantity of websites’ links to each other are compared and ordered; the more important websites are displayed first on the Google search page when a search query is entered. It has long been suspected however that Google’s algorithm favours those sites which bring the search engine operator revenue, though Google, a notoriously secretive corporation, are never likely to admit this.

All other search engines have similar algorithms although it is probably true to say the others do not seek to exercise the Orwellian levels of control over information as Google do.

All internet search technologies are based on proprietary algorithms. Having better algorithms than opponents is at the core of Amazon’s future plans, on Christmas Eve 2013, they patented something called a “method and system for anticipatory package shipping”: an algorithm-based system that could potentially ship products before consumers place an order for them. Algorithms that make the best sense of data can earn companies billions. That’s why they are as closely guarded as the recipe for Coca-Cola. Don’t be too scared however, when I start typing a search term and Google’s predictive text algorithm tries to complete it for me, it has never been right yet, and thus far Amazon has never recommended for me a book that I am ever likely to buy (it has recommended books that I would enjoy reading, but in these cases I’ve already read them and occasionally have actually previously bought them from Amazon. How clever is that?)

There social and economic benefits from being able to process data at much more quickly and efficiently than humans, though these fall some way short of the advantages nerds claim will be gained from letting computers do all the thinking. Some commentators believe that algorithm-led data analysis of NHS records could result in huge improvements in treatment outcomes, as we’d get a much better understanding of works and what doesn’t. If the price we must pay for these as yet unquantified benefits is loss of privacy and the sharing of our personal data with private healthcare and Big Pharma corporations, as has been suggested, are we willing to pay it given the track record of such corporations for abuses of trust.

OK, so I’m a serial dissident who feels he must always challenge the wisdom of the crowd. I’m not the only one who thinks this way however. Evgeny Morozov thinks all of this algorithmic analysis of personal information on a massive scale amounts to an incremental erosion of privacy by private companies and the state, and could even end up in Minority Report-style preventive policing. Others, like Filter Bubble author Eli Pariser, believe that by trying to use what they erroniously and arrogantly refer to as “Artificial Intelligence” (it’s really just high speed sorting and retrieval) their search engine predict our preferences with his search function, Google “limits our opportunities for serendipity, discovery, exploration” – we end up reading and watching the same things, having our horizons slowly narrowed.

As I have been saying for years, everything government and corporations do is about control and power.

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Intrusive Technology, Evil control Freaks, The Dystiopianometer

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Some time ago Boggart Blog invented the Orwell – Huxley – dick index to chart our descent into a dystopian society that lets the oligarchs live in splendour while the rest of us poor punters try to scrabble a living in the lawless, uncleaned streets. We have reported on progress towards the total surveillance society, the use of mass media in manipulating behaviour and the development of new and ever more intrusive technologies to report our activities and get instructions and “advice” from data centres right in our faces. The powers that be are ever encouraging their pet scientists to work on transhumanism, turning us all into cybodgs, part human, part machine, remotely controlled from a data centre.

And yet we are told the machines are our friends, and the intrusions into our privacy are for our benefit. as if we all need to be watched over by Machines of Loving Grace because after a few million years of evolution, most of which for our ancestors was a daily struggle for survival, we can’t cope alone.

The mistake many people make is to think technology is evil but cannot be resisted. Technology is dumb, you may have heard idiot scientists blethering about artificial intelligence but with a long career in computers behind me, talk of intelligent machines that think like humans only demonstrates an inability to yell the difference between science fiction and reality. Technology is not evil, but too often the people who control it are. On the good side however, we can resist them, all we have to do is think for ourselves and question everything.

In a secular sense evil is not about horned beasts that fart pure hydrogen sulphide. It is about total selfishness and lack of empathy with other humans and therefore a complete disregard for their needs, feelings and wellbeing.

It was always obvious to people working in information technology that while it offered the potential to improve life greatly, it could also easily become a gift wrapped opportunity for fascistic organisations to control information, suppress free speech and manipulate behaviour.

The extensive and intrusive surveillance carried on by the US, UK and EU governments demonstrated the ability of the sick individuals who control technology to create a Panopticon, a prison society with inmates (us) under total surveillance. all the usual suspects are still in the game of course, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Amazon (who surely have developed artificial stupidity rather than artificial intelligence), Cisco, Apple, along with governments.

In the most recent example of corporate fascism via technology, a leading IBM official has resorted to threats and bullying and urged the world to “embrace” ubiquitous surveillance of the public through biometrics, because, he argues, it is too late to fight against it. (“Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated,” to quote Star Trek.)

“…trying to stop this would be fighting the wrong battle.” said Peter Waggett, Programme Leader at IBM’s Emerging Technology Group.

“We’re fighting the wrong battle when we ask should we stop people being observed. That is not going to be feasible. We need to understand how to use that data better,” Waggett added, speaking at a Nesta panel debate on biometrics.

“The information is out of the bottle already — we have to deal with the issues surrounding it now. Embrace the challenge of what we’ve got, embrace understanding it and focus on what we can do with that new data.” he argued, urging people to stop worrying about preventing such surveillance from becoming a societal norm.

“I’ve been working in biometrics for 20 years, and it’s reaching a tipping point where it’s going to be impossible not to understand where people are and what they are doing. Everything will be monitored.” Waggett continued.

A big worry to privacy campaigners, Waggett’s words are all the more scary given that he also heads the BSI British Standards Biometrics Committee – a group set up to develop formal standards in the area of biometrics and promoting their use by government and industry.

During the debate, Waggett referred specifically to depictions of biometric technology in dystopian films such as Minority Report, arguing that such technology is now already in place and unavoidable.

In the film, adapted from Philip K. Dick’s story, the public are under total surveillance from biometric technology linked to massive distributed databases. This snooping is as yet usually used for targeted advertising and the encouragement of mass consumption.

It will not stop there however. The corporate cartels want total control and will stop at nothing less, while the biggest flaw of the scientific (semi – autistic) mindset is it must always go further. Ethical constraints do not exist for such people and ” because we can” is always sufficient justification for doing anything.

The pressure to ID people everywhere they are and whatever they do is growing. Insane, neo Nazi ideas like “the internet of things,” (washing machines and fridges that tell the government about you) will progress it, Waggett noted arguing that people’s biometrics should be made more readily available, by which we must assume that IBM are pushing the idea of RFID chips implanted under our skin. The technology is more sophisticated but the social environment promises to be as oppressive as that of the Big brother regime envisaged in George Orwell’s novel 1984

“Privacy campaigners want to block facial recognition to stop people using invasive technology, but I think a lot of these things can be used for good.” Waggett added, without actually mentioning what good such developments can do.

IBM has recently made headlines because of its involvement in the NSA surveillance scandal. The company is being sued by shareholders for an alleged failure to disclose its involvement in the PRISM program for spying in citizens. The company denies it co-operated with security agencies and claims it has never given customer data or software keys to anyone.

Of course, the company’s shady past with regard to working directly with tyrannical governments to enslave and people is well known. ..

In this context, Waggett’s declarations on how we should all just stop worrying and learn to love the servitude that will be our lot in this Brave New World that is so like the one invented by Aldous Huxley will be greeted with contempt by those of us who are awake to how our world is being hijacked.

The needle of the Orwell Huxley Dick dystopianometer is creeping up.

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Climate Scientist’s Failed Law Suit Exposes His Fake Science

After so many acrimonious arguments with so many acrimonious people about the fake science that the whole Anthropogenic Global Warming scare was just a scam to justify carbon taxes, it’s greatly amusing to see that the phoney scientist who led the whole fraud has been beaten to death with his own hockey stick – remember the notorious hockey stick graph that omitted and data that did not fit the answer Mann, his cronies and paymasters wanted. Well when people pointed out this very obvious manipulation of data, Mann screamed, “You’re not scientists, you don’t understand how science works.”

Unfortunately many of us do and some people called Mann’s bluff by yelling back, “You’re a cheat, fraud, and data faker, sue us if you dare.”

Mann sued and …

Michael Mann Faces Bankruptcy as his Courtroom Climate Capers Collapse

Mike Mann mugshot - he could be arrested for fraud
Prof Mike Mann mugshot – he could be arrested for fraud

Here are a couple of samples from Principia Scientifica’s reporting of the case (linked in the headline):

Massive counterclaims, in excess of $10 million, have just been filed against climate scientist Michael Mann after lawyers affirmed that the former golden boy of global warming alarmism had sensationally failed in his exasperating three-year bid to sue skeptic Canadian climatologist, Tim Ball. Door now wide open for criminal investigation into Climategate conspiracy.

Buoyed by Dr Ball’s successes, journalist and free-speech defender, Mark Steyn has promptly decided to likewise countersue Michael Mann for $10 million in response to a similar SLAPP suit filed by the litigious professor from Penn. State University against not just Steyn, but also the National Review, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Rand Simberg. Ball’s countersuit against Mann seeks “exemplary and punitive damages. ” Bishop Hill blog is running extracts of Steyn’s counterclaim, plus link.

AND

The fact Mann refused to disclose his ‘hockey stick’ graph metadata in the British Columbia Supreme Court, as he is required to do under Canadian civil rules of procedure, constituted a fatal omission to comply, rendering his lawsuit unwinnable. As such, Dr Ball, by default, has substantiated his now famous assertion that Mann belongs “in the state pen, not Penn. State.” In short, Mann failed to show he did not fake his tree ring proxy data for the past 1,000 years, so Ball’s assessment stands as fair comment. Moreover, many hundreds of papers in the field of paleoclimate temperature reconstructions that cite Mann’s work are likewise tainted, heaping more misery on the discredited UN’s Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) which has a knack of relying on such sub prime science (my emphasis – great catchphrase).

I have followed this case and it’s impossible to have any sympathy for Mann, he was advised by several lawyers who refused to represent him that if we has not prepared to reveal his data he could not possibly wing the case. In the end Mann and the law firm that did eventually take him on were running round like headless chickens trying to negotiate an out of courts settlement to save Mann’s arse.

It’s funny really but somehow I think the Warmageddonist cult will find a way to pretend it never happened.

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Competition Is A Sin – Get Ready To pay For Internet Content

“Competition is a sin,” wh’d you think said that? Stalin? Chairman Mao? Karl Marx?

Wrong, it was businessman and the world’s first billionaire John D. Rockefeller. Hang on Little Nicky, isn’t capitalism all about competition? You might well ask.

Well yeah, but you see Rockefeller was never a capitalist; nor are Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, the Rothschild dynasty, George Soros or any of the Bilderberg gang. They’re Corporatists and as Benito Mussolini said, corporatism is fascism.

Rockefellers maxim has been a rule of conduct for large corporations for well over a hundred years and it seems will soon govern how you receive your internet signal and how much you pay for it.

Comcast, the largest mass media and communications transnational corporation in the world, announced it will absorb Time Warner, the world’s second largest media and entertainment conglomerate.

The “friendly” merger will “combine the America’s top two cable providers into a colossus that could reshape the U.S. pay TV and broadband industry if it clears regulatory hurdles,” reports Reuters. It will also have a knock on effect for European networks and other non – US users because most of us access data from their servers or route our connections through their routers at times.

And lets face it, such hurdles as there are can be swept aside like matchwood by the global banks and corporations that already have arsemongers like the rent boy President Barack Obama, suck up artists like Cameron and clueless goons like Hollande, as well as the third world crooks and pimps who run the UN and other international bureaucracies in their pockets.

Now we start to see what that anti – freedom, sovereignty crushing carve up the Trans Pacific Partnership was really about (remember the TPP would give megacorporations with the morals of sewer rats power of veto over laws made by elected parliaments) and why the EU are so desperately keen to abolish independent member states and drag us all into a Federal European Superstate run by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.

Don’t say I haven’t warned you.

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UPDATED 16 Feb 2014

In view of the above merger, which has obviously been known about for some time even though it has not made mainstream media, Russia Today carried an interesting report:

Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande will review plans to build up a trustworthy data protection network in Europe. The challenge is to avoid data passing through the US after revelations of mass NSA spying in Germany and France.

Merkel has been one of the biggest supporters of greater data protection in Europe since the revelations that the US tapped her phone emerged in a Der Spiegel news report in October, based on information leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Earlier, France learned from reports in Le Monde that the NSA has also been recording dozens of millions of French phone calls, including those of the French authorities. According to the report, in just one month between December 10, 2012 and January 8, 2013, the NSA recorded a total of 70.3 million French phone calls.

Meanwhile, according to the Snowden revelations, the German Chancellor’s mobile phone has been on an NSA target list since 2002 and was codenamed “GE Chancellor Merkel.” The monitoring operation was allegedly still in force even a few weeks before US President Barack Obama’s visit to Berlin in June 2013.

Washington has denied it monitored Merkel’s personal phone, insisting that its surveillance practices are focused on threats to national security, namely terrorism. Merkel, who grew up in East Germany, where phone tapping was common practice, compared the NSA’s spying to that of the Stasi secret police in the former German Democratic Republic, and accused the US of a grave breach of trust.

According to polls, the Germans have lost confidence in the US as a trustworthy partner, and a majority of Germans consider Edward Snowden a hero. It’s believed that his revelations have hit Berlin particularly hard since Germany is not a member of the so-called “Five Eyes’ intelligence alliance which includes NSA-equivalent agencies in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, exchanging intelligence with each other on a regular basis.”

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