Narrator: Unlike the predator camera that limits field of view, ARGUS-IS melts together videos from each of its 368 chips to create a 1.8 billion pixel video stream. This makes it possible to zoom in and still see tremendous detail. (Video concludes)
And it produces a million terabytes every day. That’s a lot of data. I’m telling you this because – not that the sensors are modern and not that the photography is modern – behind that is a brain, or a cognitive intelligence, and that brain is in a position to analyze everybody down there.
At the same time, in real time, they see where everyone is going. We can understand that when we reduce it to a single person, but we can’t understand it when you’re talking about a hundred thousand people in a city, plus the vehicles which are all recognized.
Due to such systems, they have also redone facial recognition. You probably think facial recognition is from the front, but they’ve redone it to do it from the top because that’s where the drones are. They look at your ears, the way you walk, your head – that’s modern facial recognition.
So, that’s one idea: as a human being, we think of one camera and one person.
This is a little of their things: It’s taking all the details, all the musing after, and then record it, so they can tell where that person was two weeks ago, two months ago, what stores he visited, what his whole behavioral patterns are. That’s all part of the analysis of Argus. These are called “tennis balls” in military and intelligence circles. It’s a new secretive sensoric thing.
Cruise missile would fly into a valley in Afghanistan – this is especially important because the troops have left many of these areas – and would drop literally thousands of these sensor packages or tennis balls – they’re all packed in foam rubber. They record with cameras. They record with microphones. They record with seismic measurements.
They record with Geiger counters. They record with chemical sensors, they can look for chemical things. That’s not the amazing part of it, and it’s not the amazing part that their signal goes to a transmitter and then up to the satellite: old technology, nothing special.
The special part of it is, behind that system, there’s a fusion software that can combine the audio and the visual and the seismic and the chemical, all of these signals, and make sense of them, and analyze on the ground what kind of troop movements there are, the kinds of vehicles they’re using, what are they transporting, and if there’s radioactivity in that.
It takes all these different pieces of information and turns it through fusion software into an understandable picture which goes way beyond, way beyond our vision.
Artificial intelligence only works if you have huge data masses. Artificial intelligence only works if you have big data, but big data only works if you have artificial intelligence to make sense of it because human beings can no longer sort and sift and order the huge volumes of data that we have collected.
And thus it is not surprising that the company that has the most information in the world – it’s probably the most powerful company in the world – Google, is very interested in artificial intelligence and has been traveling around the world as a shopping queen, buying all the companies that are dealing with robotics – this is one of their robots called Atlas. They’re buying our artificial intelligence, all the artificial intelligence companies from around the world.
Now, if you ask Google, it’s a peaceful robot, right? He doesn’t have a gun; he doesn’t throw atomic bombs. He just walks around and stands there.
But you may have seen the superimposes of DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. That is the research arm of the Pentagon. Then, you see the video is made by Lockheed Martin, which is one of the most powerful and influential and richest weapons companies in the world.
So why is the Pentagon investing this money? Why has Lockheed Martin taken over large aspects of the company? This guy is called “Big Dog.” He also belongs to Google, also DARPA financed. Peaceful dog, right? Unless he gets caught on a maneuver with the United States Marines, as part of a military unit.
So, these are not flower children. These are robots that have a function. And robots that have a function and an intelligence, and perhaps an intelligence that goes beyond us, are dangerous things.
Now that’s a Predator drone; this was taken at a secret United States Air Force base in New Mexico. Predator drones, you’ve seen them, right? On TV, in the newspapers — They’re old! They’re 20-years-old technology.
It looks very scary when the Spiegel and the ARD write about modern technology and the guys with a joystick that are killing people and Taliban in Afghanistan far away, but that’s what a modern drone looks like. This is not a Predator; it’s a Pegasus, an X-47B owned by the Navy. It’s a jet-powered machine not like a propeller-driven Predator. It goes 2,000 miles into enemy territory. It carries 2,000 kilos worth of explosives, and it’s run by artificial intelligence.
It starts alone, flies its mission alone, comes back alone, and here’s the clue, it lands all by itself on an aircraft carrier. Talk to any pilot you’ve ever met: what’s the most difficult landing area you can possibly imagine? They’d say it’s an aircraft carrier – short runway, thing’s moving – very hard.