April 11th Meetup – Rhythms and Collective Intelligence: The Neuroscience of Shared Intentions

Our speaker at our April monthly meetup will be David DeMaris. David DeMaris has worked in computer design software, computational neuroscience, computer vision, social robotics, music, visuals, theatrical sound design, and DJing. His Ph.D. work was on similarity and object invariance using time-varying oscillating networks.

David will be giving us a talk on the relationship between rhythms and collective intelligence, with an emphasis on the trends in the neuroscience of shared intentions. How does the brain coordinate diverse elements into intelligent higher level systems? Does the internet or goverment act like a mind? Is it sane or crazy? How should humans and AI relate? If the brain depends on rhythms, would rhythms make society and organizations function more smoothly?

The meetup will be at Capital Factory at 7:00pm on Monday, April 11th.

July Meetup: 21st Century Virtual Identity

When: Monday, July 21, 2014 7pm-9pm
Where: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601, Austin, TX
RSVP: Meetup.com

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Tom Brown at IIW. Photo by ValeskaUX

Speaker: Tom Brown, with an update of his June 1, 2011 talk on Internet Identity

The commercialization of the web and the spread of mobile devices have increasingly changed how we identify ourselves and interact with each other online.  In this meeting, we’ll consider what might be at stake as this evolution progresses, and how we might have more control over our digital identity and personal data.

Bio: Tom Brown is an open source software developer who can be found on github.com as herestomwiththeweather. Tom has added OpenID, OAuth and OpenTransact to popular open source ruby projects and has attended most of the identity workshops since IIW7. Tom co-founded SuperBorrowNet, Inc. and maintains the os currency project in use by Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibilty and timebanks in the Bay Area, Chicago and Athens, Greece.

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Police to Use Iris Scans from iPhone App; FED Form Nat’l ID Center at UT

Guest post by Mark Boyden

Found this recently (from July 2011, read article for full text, images, videos, documents, and deeper links):

Police To Begin Using Iris Scans From Controversial Iphone App, FED Forms “Center For Identity” At U-Texas Austin Campus

~ Alternative News Report – July 21, 2011

Representatives from private industry and the US federal government has already made a discreet presentation to college students in Austin Texas this spring where the concept of a series of “National Identity Management Centers” aka “The Center For Identity” was introduced to students.

I have wondered WHY this presentation was made on a college campus to college students, most of whom are gullible and many are still innocent to the beguiling tactics of surreptitiously introduced socialism and mass population surveillance programs by the federal government. Restated: most college kids do not understand what “social engineering” means, or “mass indoctrination by media gradualism.”

Until just recently if you were to try to explain these mind control methods to college kids they would hop on their skateboards and laugh it off. But that en mass naivete is now changing. “The Center For Identity” on the University of Texas at Austin has already been planned and now has a web presence.

A close friend, college aged, and a student in Austin, who attended this presentation told me later the entire ambiance of the material was creepy, hard to understand and altogether very ambiguous.

Just exactly WHAT is a “national identity management center’? I examined the literature which was handed out at this presentation and it was all cloaked in well familiar magnanimous federal platitudes about ‘personal identity security” and so forth. There was even a letter included from President Obama. The specific term “RFID” was not referenced in the literature, but I had the very distinct feeling that once these federally staffed “national identity management centers” become operative, that RFID, Iris scans, facial recognition, DNA scans and a host of other high technology personal identification methods will be deployed through the centers. There is a partnership forming between high level corporations and the federal government to establish these “national identity management centers” for profit. That was made very clear in the documents that I examined. I have posted some of these documents at the end of this report.

Read the entire article, view the videos, and included documents, at Alternative News Report.