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Favoriting June 24, 2019: Scott Urban, "privacy eyewear" designer

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This week: Scott Urban, "privacy eyewear" designer



Tonight, Chicago-based artist Scott Urban, inventor of what he calls "privacy eyewear": anti-surveillance glasses that defeat facial recognition.

Links to Scott Urban:

Reflectacles, Scott's line of privacy eyewear (two types: IRpair and Phantom)

Kickstarter: IRpair & Phantom - Privacy Eyewear, the Kickstarter campaign that launched today, June 24

Urban Spectacles, Scott's custom-built (wood) eyewear that he made for several years before starting on privacy eyewear

Tech news

Tim Cook's Stanford commencement speech (June 16)

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  Chicago-based artist Scott Urban used to spend his time handcrafting custom-made eyeglass frames. Then a few years ago, he started noticing the spread of surveillance cameras throughout his neighborhood. So he invented what he calls "privacy eyewear": anti-surveillance glasses that defeat facial recognition.
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BigCat:

Hey TekChronics !!!!
  6:01pm
Guido from Cologne:

Loved the Show
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:01pm
ultradamno:

Hello Mark! Techrosopagnosians!

In the new Luther series there is a killer that disguises himself with a mask coupled with a hoodie fringed with LED lights, purportedly to distort surveillance cameras. Is that a thing? Here's a pic twitter.com...
Avatar 6:01pm
BigCat:

I am a TekChronic addikt
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:02pm
listener james from westwood:

Evening, Mark and all!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:02pm
Bas NL:

Hi Mark! Hi Techtonicanonimae!
  6:03pm
melinda:

Hiya techtons
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:04pm
Ike:

I would be surprised if anything in Luther was remotely accurate -- that show hasn't been good since season 1.
Avatar 6:06pm
geezerette:

BigCat, "TekChronics"! :)

Howdy, Mark and all!
Avatar 6:07pm
BigCat:

skip the eyewear — Mark, just carry a can of SPRAYPAINT??
no
offence, Mr. Urban
Avatar 6:07pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Focus on Eyes - like we do ???
Avatar 6:08pm
BigCat:

@geezerette LOL
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:08pm
Bas NL:

Google just announced they'll open up a second datacenter in my home country.. A one billion Euro one.
Avatar 6:10pm
geezerette:

He sounds sincere!
Avatar 6:10pm
BigCat:

Tim CROOK is just diversioning crApple's complicity
wadda douchebag
Avatar 6:11pm
BigCat:

Please stop this audio, Mr. Mark
I just ate dinner
Avatar 6:11pm
geezerette:

This warning would've been more appropriate 25 years ago.
Avatar 6:12pm
CC:

It's like radio waves... internet waves that are floating around out there are up for grabs...fair game... don't put them out there unless you want them repeated!!!...simple!!...:)O(:
  6:12pm
chresti at work:

Hi Mark and Techtoniacs!
Avatar 6:13pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

OK - so he's not Zuckerbird ... It characterizes being 'Political' to say the Right Thing & do something else ...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:14pm
ultradamno:

Apple changes you thought patterns and gives you bone spurs fortune.com...
Avatar 6:15pm
geezerette:

Wonder what woke him up beside Zuckerberg?
Avatar 6:15pm
Fredericks:

Someone called for a Wild-haired privacy advocate from the hinterlands?
Avatar 6:16pm
BigCat:

Nooooooo!!!!
TekChronics, Mark has been
hip-mo-t'eyes'd by Tim Crook!!!!
Mark,
I'm calling out crAPPLE.
They are liable for MPT's (Male Programmer Tendencies)
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:18pm
ultradamno:

didn't really like that Black Mirror ep. It was OK, I guess, up until the gunman actually talks to Topher Grace at which point every issue they wanted to hit gets vomited out very quickly in the most two-dimensional way possible
Avatar 6:19pm
BigCat:

Zuck intended to get his rocks off (sorry, PG-13)
cf. Facesmash
Apple intended to control human thought and behavior — from the outset.
Avatar 6:20pm
geezerette:

Road to Hell is paved with...
Avatar 6:20pm
CC:

There is no controlling human nature... it always takes over at a certain point!!!...
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

The College Dorm was not the Immaculate Manger eh?
It's Apple that wants your thumbprint to log in...
Avatar 6:21pm
BigCat:

@geezerette
Road to Hell is paved with DEAD SOULS.
:-0
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:22pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

How about Google's Chrome browser being surveillance software? www.investmentwatchblog.com...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:22pm
Bas NL:

Apple is not as bad... Mark.. take a break.
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CC:

I like Android type stuff it's a lot easier...like 'kid' simple!!!...hehehe...
Avatar 6:22pm
BigCat:

@CC
"human nature" is an oxymoron
we are not "natural" because we change our course of history deliberately
  6:23pm
sim:

Silicon Valley used to be a maker industry. Now it is an extraction industry. It extracts information. It stripmines attention.
Avatar 6:23pm
geezerette:

Tell us these glasses will not be confiscated by TSA .
Tell us we won't be put on a list or interrogated for wearing them.
Avatar 6:23pm
BigCat:

NEW VIDEO COMING SOON:

"Men Behaving Badly: The Tech Years"
Avatar 6:24pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Wow sim !
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:24pm
Rich in Washington:

My wife and I watched the popstar episode and thought it was going to go down this path of the privacy of that device, but it didn't. [don't wanna spoil anything]
Avatar 6:25pm
BigCat:

No, @Listener Robert — it's not in this show's format.
  6:25pm
JakeGould:

Hey Mark! In the new “Child’s Play” movie, Chucky (that doll) is AI driven. Meaning instead of being possessed by the soul of a murderer, Chuck is an AI that is endlessly learning about the world around him… And decides that all that he sees in humanity leads to murder.
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ultradamno:

I like the Rudolph graphic.
Avatar 6:27pm
Fredericks:

Fake miracles for just a drop of saliva.
  6:27pm
JakeGould:

What is up with the leek?
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CC:

I still feel like the most important thing right now... and into the future ...is never ruling out possibilities!!!...
Avatar 6:28pm
BigCat:

I'm sorry, as a Male (for now, at least) "reflecticles" is making me nervous, glandularly speaking .........
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

I'd ask to quote you on facplant sim but... this Program...
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BigCat:

@Jake Gould the leek works at the White House admin ha
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Ah : factcheck.afp.com...
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geezerette:

Scott Urban's designs really are beautiful! And not made of plastic.
Avatar 6:32pm
CC:

I was surfing around the other day and I saw a web page that said that as far as fingerprints go... buttholes are the same way...there are no two butt holes that look alike!!!... I swear to Buddha!!...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:33pm
ultradamno:

I think Larry Flynt said that...
  6:33pm
sim:

IR blasters for privacy.
  6:35pm
Sam:

And there’s no way to just ban these fucking cameras??
  6:35pm
JakeGould:

Facial recognition is one thing, but what about store security cameras on steroids: 3D and AI driven “people counting” systems: “SenSource people counter solutions are comprised of a sensing unit and our Vea analytics reporting platform. With the power of 3D video and artificial intelligence (AI), SenSource people counters measure footfall, track and count individuals entering, exiting and dwelling with precision. Our technology and services guarantee accuracy of 97% or greater and reliability, even in high traffic environments.” www.sensourceinc.com...
Avatar 6:35pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Because Tech & A.I. are not going to continue rapidly expanding & developing...
(Even Quantum qubits that can Decode anything quickly...)
Because Wisdom will overcome Greed & Shortsightedness in every instance...
  6:35pm
sim:

But what about your emissions footprint? Your phone, your smartwatch, your bluetooth earbuds?
  6:36pm
JakeGould:

“In many retail applications, children are not true buying opportunities and skew conversion rate. The child exclusion filter uses height to exclude, or count separately, people from the data set.”
Avatar 6:37pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Do EnChroma glasses do anything for him?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:37pm
ultradamno:

So like A Very Long Engagement?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:38pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

Wasn't a pair of Reflectacles the marathon prize this year?
  6:38pm
sim:

Er, the only thing that will slow technical advance is a worldwide economic collapse. The only thing that would stop it is a hard reset. Like a five 9 dieback.
  6:38pm
JJ NY-SC:

Are these spectacles made to be worn over your prescription glasses? Or do you get them with your own prescription built in? Inquiring minds want to know.
  6:39pm
convoy_pt2:

Car LED headlights!!! Killing our eyes
Avatar 6:39pm
geezerette:

Scott just reminded me of "The Man Who Fell to Earth"; eye-scanning sequence.
Avatar 6:39pm
BigCat:

@sim —— getting warmer
mayb the only thing is abstinence/boycott/refusal
  6:40pm
JakeGould:

Geek raps about Blu Blockers. youtu.be...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:40pm
Mark Hurst:

Hi all! Thanks for the comments. Yes, KenfHP, Techtonic's marathon 2019 included a pair of Phantom Reflectacles.
  6:41pm
sim:

One radical idea is removing all privacy. No privileged users allowed. The rich who own everything, their companies, all info free for all.
  6:42pm
gracegold:

so tru
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geezerette:

Corporations ARE our government. They call the shots.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:42pm
melinda:

@JJ I was wondering the same thing. But like geezerette was suggesting, I worry that TSA won't tolerate them, in which case you'd need a spare to board a plane.
Avatar 6:42pm
Fredericks:

Five 9 dieback? Is that a forest related term, Sim?
Avatar 6:43pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

~ * Digital Bill of Rights * ~
  6:43pm
sim:

All politicians, all authority, their enforcers... all open.
Avatar 6:43pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Yurp - Oligarchy.
  6:43pm
gracegold:

want to know all about laypeople without letting laypeople know all about those within big tech. unease indeed.
Avatar 6:44pm
Fredericks:

Maybe they make these as contact lenses.
Avatar 6:44pm
CC:

Privacy is stil free...so far!!!...:)0(:
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:44pm
ultradamno:

I hear living is easy with eyes closed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:45pm
Rich in Washington:

My friend used the 'frog slowly being boiled alive' analogy on FB and her post was flagged as hate speech and removed. Not kidding.
  6:45pm
Marie:

Did anyone see the article in the Washington Post about the ton (11,000) tracking cookies that Google Chrome placed on this one user's computer in a very short time?
  6:46pm
sim:

TEOTWAWKI term. 99.999%. Five nines.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:46pm
Rich in Washington:

We think that because she had a couple of other sarcastic comments and it was regarding nationalism, it garnered a bunch of red flags.
Avatar 6:46pm
CC:

Google wouldn't be half as powerful as they are right now unless they had acquired Alta Vista back in the 90s???
  6:47pm
JakeGould:

Slow cooked frog… Mmmm…
  6:47pm
P-90:

Interesting interview.
  6:49pm
Marie:

Vanilla Sky, man
  6:49pm
sim:

@CC. Google didn't acquire Alta Vista. Alta Vista used boolean operators to find webpages...
Avatar 6:49pm
Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Slow cooked frog is useful analog I think!
Idea that what we want it for & what they want it for are NOT the same... Bait & Switch Capitalism...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:49pm
ultradamno:

That spatula doesn't help, I can totally recognize that's Björk
Avatar 6:50pm
CC:

I'm sorry I thought that I read Google bought out Alta Vista???
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:50pm
melinda:

I've been thinking of the slow-cooked frog analogy lately, too.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:51pm
ultradamno:

The lights on trucks are especially brutal, it's like they're set at high beam as default.
  6:51pm
sim:

... Google used people's links to other websites to find websites. They recognized that people recognized what was useful and what wasn't. Their algos extracted that info.
  6:51pm
JakeGould:

AltaVista was purchase by Yahoo! and then after that happened they forced AltaVista to use Yahoo!’s indexing system. Google has always been technically adept on their own.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:52pm
ultradamno:

Saga of Altavista digital.com...
  6:54pm
Big Cat:

burkas are starting to seem less oppressive than I once thought??
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CC:

Anyway... I always used to go to Alta Vista as my preferred search engine...back in the day..
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geezerette:

Another great show,Mark! Thanks again!
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Jeff Moore:

Keyword: sousveillance.
  6:55pm
gracegold:

LED lights NEED TO GO
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:56pm
Rich in Washington:

Thanks, Mark!
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CC:

remember...we wouldn't even be able to access any kind of Internet unless the men in the shadows wanted us to!!!...
  6:56pm
P-90:

TekThanks
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Bas NL:

Thanks Mark!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:58pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Mark. Can you count up how many different cameras track you during the course of your trip?
  6:58pm
sim:

We could all migrate to the TOR network.
  6:59pm
JJ NY-SC:

From the Kickstarter website: "Reflectacles are designed to allow you to remove and replace the lenses at any time. If you would like the standard lenses swapped for your prescription, a local optical shop would be able to accommodate you."
  6:59pm
sim:

Ah, DEC Unix...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm
Mark Hurst:

Thanks, everyone!
Avatar 7:00pm
CC:

It ain't nighttime here yet so I got my regular Spectacles on!!!
  7:04pm
grace:

amen
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