Saturday, November 16, 2013

Do We Live in the Matrix?

If you were given the choice to take the red pill or the blue pill, would you want to know if we've been living in an artificial reality?

Source: Discover Magazine

As fanciful as it sounds, some philosophers have long argued that we’re actually more likely to be artificial intelligences trapped in a fake universe than we are organic minds in the “real” one.

Justice is reviewing criminal cases that used surveillance evidence gathered under FISA

Months after Ed Snowden leaked details of widespread spying on American citizens the Justice Department decided that they might need to notify some defendants that FISA was involved in their case and that due process may apply in some cases.

Source: Washington Post

The Justice Department is conducting a comprehensive review of all criminal cases in which the government has used evidence gathered through its warrantless surveillance program and will be notifying defendants in some of those cases, according to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

“We have a review underway now,” Holder said in an interview with The Washington Post. “We will be examining cases that are in a variety of stages, and we will be, where appropriate, providing defendants with information that they should have so they can make their own determinations about how they want to react to it.”