When Facebook was Lifelog

With Lifelog Facebook and the rise of a social media media driven world, we’ve actually seen the average attention span of human beings decrease lower than that a goldfish. Unfortunately, the Microsoft Study that Time Magazine and the others are referencing has disappeared from their website (and seemingly the internet) and I’ve yet to find it in my nightly scavenges. Think about that for a minute (if you can O_o), even if humans as a whole are able to claim our back our spot above the mighty goldfish, the average human is on par with…a goldfish.

Now, I’ve been in the software industry for longer than I would like to remember and frankly I personally crave the day I no longer need to look at a computer or cell phone screen again. Yet, at the time of writing this article, 2021 has technology built into the very fabric of our lives. But is it because you need it and society just couldn’t figure out how to live without their iPhone or facebook? Or is it because the design of the software itself is to get you addicted?

Think about the last time you took a train, sat at a restaurant or at a maybe went to an outdoor festival? How many people are drawn to their phones like a moth to a flame. They sit there with family or friends yet they mindlessly scroll through their feeds while life is literally passing by all around them. What is it that you are really ingesting from this tiny little black box? The answer is simple, it nothing. It’s just a fee of temporary moments and what you have scrolled through just 5 minutes ago has long been forgotten.

Have you ever considered that there was a more nefarious purpose for this? Perhaps this was the design all along?

According to a Vice article written in 2018 by David Axe, “In late 2002 the agency (DARPA) had launched a wide-ranging effort to develop new, more sophisticated artificial intelligence. This $7.3 million Cognitive Computing initiative included an ‘enduring personalized cognitive assistant’—basically, an artificial intelligence secretary that could learn by watching.”

In the middle of 2003 DARPA initiated a surveillance program that would spy on American citizens and gather their personal information: “In mid-2003, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency launched an ambitious program aimed at recording essentially all of a person’s movements and conversations and everything they listened to, watched, read and bought.”

The article continued, “DARPA saw military value in a comprehensive record of a person’s life”, and this was the basis for the 2002 Cognitive Computing initiative, as well as the agency’s future surveillance program.  The issue the agency was facing was how they were going to collect all this data.

In walks in Douglas Gage, a former Navy researcher with 25 years experience had just joined the DARPA. Gage suggested how they could possibly gather the enormous amounts of needed data: “If enough people recorded enough of their lives, the combined information would amount to the ontology of a human life.” Douglas Gage had also found inspiration in Vannevar Bush’s original “Memex” concept and a project in 2001 called MyLifeBits — a life-logging experiment managed by Microsoft computer scientists. Gage formally proposed what would become Project LifeLog

The pamphlet DARPA handed out to researchers who might participate in the LifeLog program described it’s potential as a surveillance tool, that

“LifeLog will be able … to infer the user’s routines, habits and relationships with other people, organizations, places, and objects, and to exploit these patterns to ease its task.” 

DARPA Pamphlet

What made this the ultimate diary of information of every human beings life and the ultimate tool in surveillance? Well…Lifelog’s Goal was to; Gather in a single place just about everything an individual says, sees or does:

  • Phone calls made
  • Text messages sent and received
  • TV shows watched
  • Magazines read
  • Plane tickets bought
  • CCTV footage and all digital streams in public and municipal areas
  • GPS and Geo-tracking
  • e-mails sent and received
DARPA’s goal was to record you while you browsed the web, in bed

Now it goes without saying that some of the world’s brightest minds are employed at DARPA, and the idea of the Ultimate Digital Diary sounds great, in fact, it sounds a hell of a lot like what we currently have in 2021. I had to ask myself, for what reason would a military research division have for creating this kind of technology? They claimed it was only for the common good of all the people. What could happen if the government recorded and analyzed everything you did in your life? Some Orwelian shit would happen!! Which is the exact reason the project was abruptly shutdown by Congress.

Don’t fool yourself for one moment thinking Congress didn’t actually like the idea. While the LifeLog program ended almost as fast as the project came around, it ended not because DARPA and other officials didn’t think it was a good idea, only because it was in essence shamed out of existence by privacy-advocates like the EFF.

From the scrutiny and the shame, Congress had no option but to publicly eliminate the program (even though they were doing this with the NSA thanks to the Ed Snowden leaks). While they claim The Terrorism Information Awareness, or TIA, data-mining initiative has been eliminated by Congress and many believe it still runs under the guise of a handful of social media entities. All the US Congress has to do to hide funding a program like this is slap that good ol’ “CLASSIFIED” label on it, and poof! All crimes against humanity are sealed away from public scrutiny.

It’s all just a coincidence

I’m sure that many people today would say it’s just a coincidence that within a few days of Congress shutting down lifelog that Facebook was founded. And it’s not a coincidence that the head of DARPA Regina Dugan left DARPA and is not only one of the Board of Directors but she is now in charge of their research division or Vint Cerf, former DARPA computer scientist, is now sitting as vice president & Chief Internet Evangelist at Google.

I won’t dance around it, it’s not a coincidence and this wondrous and magical story that mark zuckerberg stole the idea of Facebook from the vinklevoss twins just is not true. In this WIRED article, they discuss how just how Silicon Valley did what DARPA could not, but let’s analyze this for a minute. Even if Lifelog didn’t spin off into Facebook, which you would have to be mentally retarded to believe, then as the WIRED article points out, if it wasn’t ok for the government to do that in 2003, why is it ok for privately owned companies to do this in 2021? Further more how is it ok that US Congressmen or Senators can pass legislation on these private entities while owning shares in the company?

So, if we look at what you just read above;

  1. US Gov propose the single most Orwellian project in the research department at the US Government (To help fight the war in terror)
    • Everyone loves the idea…except the people who are to be watched, recorded and tracked, all day every day
  2. People rise up – turns out they are the ones to be watched
    • Congress shuts program down
    • A few days later, Facebook is created
      • Head of DARPA quits DARPA, joins Facebook
      • Head scientist leaves DARPA, becomes new head for Google
    • Politicians get to create laws for Facebook, and own stock in Facebook (google and twitter)?

Do you get it now? If not, I’ll let the picture below say what needs to be said.

So, what next?

For users of Facebook or other centralized social media platforms like Twitter, TikTok, Youtube and the rest, what this should say to you is, get the hell of of these platforms immediately!!!! These centralized platforms, meaning a company provides you this “FREE” service and you get all this dopamine injected into you and in turn the government gets all this data about you.

As the Harvard Study points out, cellphones and social media are an ADDICTION and when you are addicted, you need more of it and you need it all the time. Social media induces an actual dopamine response in your brain. At the end of this article I’ve included resources for anyone who would like help kicking this habit.

For my social media power users, when was the last time you went a full day without logging in to check out the latest tweets or whatever the popular platform is now? The thing is, while I am telling you to quit all the social media crap, I do get the connectivity that it brings as well as the benefits and there ARE OTHER ALTERNATIVES!

If you are a fan of Twitter, an Open Source software called Mastadon. It is literally a clone script of Twitter but with a twist. You have your own host, I have my own host and our servers are able to communicate with one another. This means there is no more fear of being cancelled from youtube or facebook because you aren’t agreeing with the mainstream narrative. It’s also one of the reasons I advocate for free and open source software, because the software code can be validated by any developer that it doesn’t contain any nefarious code.

Some other social media alternatives are Friendica, PixelFed, and Hubzilla, Minds, Nitter, Twister and so many others. The point I am trying to convey here is that you are not limited to using the facebooks and twitters of this world who are openly censoring people because it does not fit to the narrative at hand.

Companies like google and facebook are openly and actively censoring people and information. They are openly committing crimes against humanity and you need to stop using their services entirely. This is how we end these illegal an immoral practices. Let’s flip the great reset agenda on their heads and reset these insanely criminal practices. I guarantee you that you will see the world’s wounds would start to heal immediately, but you have to take the first step and tell these evil corporations and governments NO MORE.

Resources

Addiction Center

Neurotransmitter Dopamine (DA) and its Role in the Development of Social Media Addiction

Social Media Detox – 1

Social Media Detox – 2

**(A quick note, I didn’t care to search if I spelled their names right ((zuck and vinks)) because they are just fictional characters in this government play.)