A few years ago at the FOSE trade show in downtown D.C., I was able to get a look at some neat new technology where artificial intelligence was being added to cameras designed to protect federal installations.
Back then the cameras were not terribly smart…
Things have changed. To protect the recent Republican National Convention in Tampa, the city spent $2 million to install highly intelligent behavior recognition cameras in 30 locations downtown and near the convention center. BRS Labs, which makes the AISight cameras, says the latest models are leagues ahead of where they were back when I first saw them.
The new cameras can watch over an area and learn the behaviors of people who travel up and down a street. If someone’s behavior is inconsistent with the baseline, the camera can zoom in, record that behavior and then alert the police.
That ability to learn, remember and forget lets AISight adjust to its environment and increases the ways in which it can be applied. “It adapts to moving vegetation, lighting changes, repositioning of furniture, weather patterns and myriad other environmental aspects that challenge video analytic systems,” the company said.
The system uses several types of memories, including long-term memories of repeated events, mid-term episodic memory of events in the recent past and perceptual associative memory, short-term recall of recent events.
AISight can distinguish such things as the types of objects common in an area, whether people are loitering, takes note of the trajectory of any moving object, and even recognizes trash in an unexpected location, the company said.
It can be set not just for specific types of alerts, based on observing specific types of behavior, but also to send alerts only at certain times of day. It also can be monitored live by operators who can be alerted by a sound or pop-up and who would have the ability to add comments to the alerts.
source: Lev’s Facebook, where he credits gcn.com/articles/2012/08/31/artificial-intelligence-surveillance-cameras.aspx
Photos by Mark Kendall from the Liberty Hall Ace Hotel reading on August 16 in NYC.
Below are song lyrics and text of a new letter from the incarcerated Pussy Riot members,
Pussy Riot shares new song, “Putin Lights Up the Fires” with the world HERE. This is the group’s first musical piece since the “Virgin Mary, Please Drive Putin Away” for which three members were found guilty of hooliganism driven by religious hatred and sentenced to two years in jail. The Guardian has edited the new song to a montage of Pussy Riot members and their supporters.
The song was revealed previously and it’s been published at a lot of places, but the lyrics are brand new, just received from their team. We want to be sure that people know their lyrics, what they sing about; their statements and philosophies are at the core. Would you be interested to add the lyrics to your Pussy Riot coverage?
Below is the first look at the new song’s lyrics in Russian. Use Google translation for now if you want to see a version in your preferred language.
Pussy Riot “Putin Lights Up the Fires”
Государство в тюрьме сильнее времени
Чем больше арестов – тем больше счастья
А каждый арест – с любовью к сексисту
Качнувшему щеки, как грудь и живот
Но нас нельзя закупорить в ящик
Свергай чекистов лучше и чаще
Путин зажигает костры революций
Ему скучно и страшно с людьми в тишине
Что ни казнь у него – то гнилая рябина,
Что ни срок в много лет – то предмет для поллюций
Страна идет, страна идет на улицы с дерзостью
Страна идет, страна идет прощаться с режимом,
Страна идет, страна идет феминистским клином
А Путин идет, Путин идет, прощаться скотом
Арестуй по 6 мая весь город
7 лет нам мало, дай 18
Запрети кричать, клеветать и гулять,
Возьми себе в жены батьку Лукашенка
Припев 2 раза.
Pussy Riot “Putin Lights Up the Fires” VIDEO:
VIDEO: http://youtu.be/HsrOsuqJB9A (video credit: Kashi Mai Somers)
About Pussy Riot:
Pussy Riot is an anonymous Russian feminist performance art group formed in October 2011. Through a series of peaceful performances in highly visible places, the group has given voice to basic rights under threat in Russia today, while expressing the values and principles of gender equality, democracy and freedom of expression contained in the Russian constitution and other international instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the CEDAW Convention.
Detained members of the art group Pussy Riot
Maria Alekhina, 24. Poet and Student at the Institute of Journalism and Creative writing. Mother of 5 year-old boy.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23. Visual Artist and 4th year Philosophy Student. Mother of 4 year-old girl.
Ekaterina Samucevich, 29. Visual Artist, degree from The Alexander Rodchenko School of Photography and Multimedia. Moscow
About freepussyriot.org – HERE:
An international team advocating for the release of Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich, whom we would like to see reunited with their children, families, and supportive community.
My imprisonment does not anger me. I do not keep grudges, not personal grudges [at least]. I do, however, keep political grudges. Our imprisonment is a clear sign that the freedom is taken away from [all of us] — from the entire country. This threat of destruction of Russian liberating and emancipatory forces is what makes me angry. [We all must see] the big picture in small events, a tendency in a [constellation of seemingly random] signs, and a common trend in specific occurrences.
The second-wave feminists said: “The private is political.” This is true. The Pussy Riot case is showing how problems of three particular people who are charged with disorderly conduct, can give life to a political movement. This special case of suppression and persecution of those who dared to Speak Up in an authoritarian country, stirred up the entire world: activists, punks, pop stars, government members, comedians, environmentalists, feminists, masculinist, Islamic theologians, and Christians – all of them pray for Pussy Riot. These private problems have become a truly political matter.
The Pussy Riot case is bringing together very diverse and multi-directional forces, and I still have a hard time believing that this is not a dream. The unbelievable happens in the modern Russian politics: the demanding, persistent, powerful, and consistent pressure of society on the government authorities.
I am grateful to everyone who said: “Free Pussy Riot!» We all are now making [history] — a large and important political event, — and Putin’s system will find it harder and harder to control it. Whatever Pussy Riot’s verdict is, we all are already winning. This is because we have learned how to be angry and vocal politically.
All Pussy Riot [members] are happy that we have been able to raise our fellow citizens to a truly communal action; we are happy that your political passion is so strong that it was able [to unite people] of different languages, cultures, ways of life, and economic and political statuses. Kant would have said he did not see any other reason for this Miracle than the moral foundations of a human being. Thank you for the Miracle.
ODD FUTURE ANNOUNCES CARNIVAL IN ASSOCIATION WITH INCASE
TO TAKE PLACE SEPTEMBER 30TH IN LOS ANGELES From Heathcliff Berru
Odd Future’s first annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival and show, presented in association with Incase, will take place on September 30th at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. The carnival will feature games, rides, prizes, and food hand-picked by Odd Future. There will be performances by Odd Future, The Internet, Trash Talk and other special guests still to be announced. Tickets and special packages are available now at campfloggnaw.com.
Mellowhype’s Numbers is set for release on October 2nd. Trash Talk’s new album 119 is set to be released on October 9th. Domo Genesis’ No Idols mixtape with Alchemist is out now – grab it at limelinx.com here.
CAMP FLOG GNAW TOUR DATES
8/31 Norfolk, VA
9/01 Baltimore, MD
9/02 Philadelphia, PA
9/04 Huntington, NY
9/05 Portland, ME
9/07 Providence, RI
9/08 Wallingford, CT
9/09 Buffalo, NY
9/11 Cleveland, OH
9/12 Columbus, OH
9/14 Saint Louis, MO
9/15 Milwaukee, WI
9/16 Chicago, IL
9/18 Columbia, MO
9/19 Lawrence, KS
9/21 Boulder, CO
9/22 Boulder, CO
9/25 Vancouver, BC
9/26 Portland, OR
9/28 Santa Cruz, CA
9/29 Ventura, CA
9/30 Los Angeles, CA (Odd Future Carnival)
San Diego-based photographer Danielle Herzog is a creative machine.
Bio: Danielle Herzog grew up in San Diego surrounded by creativity with her mother, Linda, who was a painter and instilled in her a passion for nature. Herzog became interested in all forms of art and at fifteen began photography. Originally self taught, she began college classes in her senior year in high school at Palomar Community College. Since then Herzog has been shooting portraits and nudes in natural settings outdoors and in her studio in San Diego to Los Angeles. She has recently started a series of headshots of friends on their favorite pillows titled “Pillow Talk” and of friends nude in their closet titled “Closet Nudes.” Herzog has received nominations and awards over the years in The International Spider Awards and International Color Awards. Her inspiration comes from her interaction, love an fascination with people and nature.
2005: 1st Place in the International Black and White Spider Awards in the Amateur Fine Art Category
2008: Nominee in the International Color Awards in Amateur Nude Category
2009: First Place in Alternative Processes Category in the International San Diego County
2011: Nominee in the International Black and White Spider Wards in Awards in the Amateur Portrait Category
For a photo gallery of her fine-art images go HERE or click the images below.