Can you imagine a world where the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Agency, the FBI, Interpol, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the U.S. military, and the state police forces of all 50 states combine to keep you under constant surveillance? Guess what — you're living in it.
As part of our ongoing effort to expose the tools and tactics being used by the federal government in the expansion of the surveillance state, The New American recently reported on a project sponsored by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) “to invent new approaches to the identification of people, places, things and activities from still or moving defense and open-source imagery.”
In an update on the progress being made, DARPA described several concepts being worked on by six teams of researchers chosen to live and labor in the “DARPA Innovation House,” located somewhere near George Mason University in Virginia.
While the descriptions of the projects provided by DARPA spokesman Mike Geertsen were brief, greater detail of the technologies was discovered by The New American.
The first of the projects reportedly being cooked up in the DARPA test kitchens is called PetaVision. The DARPA statement describes PetaVision as one of the “Multi-Modal Approaches to Real-Time Video Analysis. Biologically-inspired, hierarchical neural networks to detect objects of interest in streaming video by combining texture/color, shape and motion/depth cues.”
While that summary is admittedly vague, a website maintained by the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) provides a bit more information not only on the technology, but why the federal government might find it useful in its quest to place every American under constant surveillance and to identify potential “domestic terrorists”:
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