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Welcome to the Matrix …

… and the law enforcement of “pre-crime” as fictionalized in the flick Minority Report.  Are we all under surveillance in the “matrix?”  

Image1The US army is developing methods to covertly identify and track people who plan to do ‘something bad’. Hidden sensors will be used to detect AI’s version of ‘adversarial intent’ by reading and cataloguing our emotions and health.

A report called ‘Remote Detection of Covert Tactical Adversarial Intent of Individuals in Asymmetric Operations’ (PDF) was authored by the US Army Research Laboratory in 2010; it details the requirements of researchers wishing to gain funding from the US Federal Government by developing techniques to hone in on individuals in crowds, to detect antagonistic attitudes among the “clutter” of innocents.

The prime directive to protect national security, counter ‘insurgency’, and generally ‘keep the peace’, however, means the technology that is developed will spread beyond airports and be used for wider civilian applications, such as “crowd control and in antidrug, anticrime, and immigration enforcement.” In fact, applications in the civilian economy are said to be plentiful, and also include “border security, and ensuring the security of government and private personnel and property”.

According to Julie Beal writing at Activist Post

The main directive of the army report is to develop “theoretically justified quantitative predictive principles (models) and their implementation in tractable analytical and computational procedures.” In other words, it’s all about crunching numbers using algorithms and really is very ambitious, because it will go beyond mere physiological signs such as fear or stress, to try to pinpoint cognitive intent, even from people who show no outwards signs. This is also the trend in law enforcement, just like in the Minority Report, where predictive analytics are used to make sense of surveillance data – we are empowering machines to be the Thought Police.

Researchers are expected to look to knowledge gained from:



cognitive science


sociocultural anthropology, and

information science.

From Activist Post – 

The latest knowledge from each of these disciplines, of detectable signs of ‘(mal)intent’, is to be pooled together with the best innovations in remote bio-sensing techniques. The proposed list of characteristics to track and measure is:


Posture rigidity

Heartbeat waveform

Heart rate

Breath rate, volume approximation, patterns, anomalies

>>Continue reading at Activist Post


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