Inteligencia artificial para proteger el World Trade Center en EE.UU.

Hoteles, puertos, aeropuertos y espacios públicos de varias ciudades del mundo utilizan las cámaras inteligentes de Behavioral Recognition Systems.
WTC

El nuevo complejo se inaugurará en 2013.

Con sede en Houston, Texas, la compañía tiene oficinas comerciales en Washington, Londres, Sao Paulo, Riad y Barcelona, y también trabaja para el Departamento de Defensa de Estados Unidos.

Frazzini asegura que los nuevos avances tecnológicos convierten a las cámaras en máquinas pensantes y con capacidad de reacción.

“En la última década ciudades como Londres instalaron miles de cámaras que no tenían cerebro”, explica Frazzini, quien agrega: “Se limitaban a registrar comportamientos pero no eran capaces de analizarlos sin la ayuda de seres humanos”.

El experto en seguridad recuerda que solo en el Reino Unido hay más de tres millones de cámaras no inteligentes y “un número mucho más reducido de agentes que las siguen”.

“Estas cámaras eran de utilidad en casos de seguimiento de acciones específicas, por ejemplo, si la policía quería vigilar una esquina donde se vendiera droga”, explica.


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Emma Reverter
Nueva York
WTCCámaras inteligentes vigilará todos los movimientos del nuevo complejo.

El World Trade Center (WTC) de Nueva York, en EE.UU., tendrá cientos de cámaras con “cerebro”, preparadas para detectar movimientos extraños y evitar que el complejo de edificios se convierta en blanco de atentados por tercera vez en su historia.

Una compañía experta en seguridad militar instalará “cámaras dotadas de inteligencia artificial y capaces de detectar comportamientos anormales”.

El presidente de Behavioral Recognition Systems, John Frazzini, explicó a BBC Mundo que no puede dar detalles del plan de seguridad de la Zona Cero pero describió el funcionamiento de las cámaras, las que se instalarán en un espacio que tiene 6.5 hectáreas.

Las sofisticadas medidas, que tienen un costo millonario, buscan impedir que alguien atente contra el conjunto de edificios, que en un principio incluirá un edificios de oficinas, un centro comercial, el memorial de víctimas de los atentados del 11 de septiembre de 2001, un espacio público y una terminal de transporte público.

En alerta

Un equipo de cámaras inteligentes vigilará todos los movimientos del nuevo complejo, que se inaugurará en 2013.

“Respetamos la privacidad de los ciudadanos y las cámaras no capturan ni registran información de personas concretas”

John Frazzini, Behavioral Recognition Systems

Tras unos días registrando sobre terreno, las cámaras procesarán la actividad normal del espacio que vigilan y se pondrán en alerta cuando detecten movimientos nuevos, como que una persona cambie bruscamente de trayecto o corra hacia peatones, o deje una bolsa o paquete en el suelo.

Las cámaras también reaccionarán cuando un automóvil estacione en un espacio no apto para este uso o permanezca estacionado por un largo período.

El programa informático vigila movimientos “genéricos” de las personas, que no son identificadas. Espacios como los aseos públicos quedan fuera del radio de acción de las máquinas.

“Respetamos la privacidad de los ciudadanos y las cámaras no capturan ni registran información de personas concretas”, apuntó Frazzini.

El WTC ha sufrido atentados terroristas en dos ocasiones. Seis personas murieron como consecuencia de un atentado con bomba el 26 de febrero de 1993. Siete años más tarde, el 11 de septiembre de 2001, las Torres Gemelas se convirtieron en el objetivo de los atentados terroristas más sangrientos de toda la historia de Estados Unidos, con un balance de más de 2.700 muertes.

Gran hermano pensante… Leer más “Inteligencia artificial para proteger el World Trade Center en EE.UU.”

Spencer Tunick: On Stealing Cameras, Controversy, and Kickstarter

Flanders 2 (Gaasbeek Castle, Belgium) 2011 © Spencer Tunick
Who doesn’t know Spencer Tunick? Over the past two decades, the artist has photographed more than 100,000 nudes of all ages and persuasions on all seven continents. His large-scale projects, which he calls installations, continuously gather the attention of the world press and sometimes change the lives of the liberated participants.
The subject of two HBO films — Naked States and Naked World — and one-time “Man of the Year” in Chile, Tunick has raised awareness of environmental issues, including the melting icecaps in Switzerland and the evaporation of the Dead Sea in Israel, while also having fun with naked bodies and props.


by Paul Laster | http://the99percent.com

Flanders 2 (Gaasbeek Castle, Belgium) 2011 © Spencer Tunick
Who doesn’t know Spencer Tunick? Over the past two decades, the artist has photographed more than 100,000 nudes of all ages and persuasions on all seven continents. His large-scale projects, which he calls installations, continuously gather the attention of the world press and sometimes change the lives of the liberated participants.
The subject of two HBO films — Naked States and Naked World — and one-time “Man of the Year” in Chile, Tunick has raised awareness of environmental issues, including the melting icecaps in Switzerland and the evaporation of the Dead Sea in Israel, while also having fun with naked bodies and props.
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Aurillac 1 (France) 2010 © Spencer Tunick
What was your motivation for first picking up a camera?
I’m a fourth generation photographer. My great grandfather was a photographer and owned the first Kodak photo finishing plant in downtown New York, where the World Trade Center was later located. My grandfather was a photographer for the United Nations Council on Foreign Relations, where he photographed Truman, Eisenhower, DeGaulle, Castro, Tito, JFK, and countless other diplomats and world leaders. And my dad had photo concessions in several Catskill Hotels in the 1960s and ‘70s — selling pictures of guests in keychain viewers. I often worked for him for free and when he retired at an early age, he gave me all of his cameras.
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Brugge 1, 2005 © Spencer Tunick
How did you start photographing nudes in public places?
After attending Emerson College in Boston, I moved to a storefront in NY‘s East Village that I rented from the surf and music photographer Justin Jay. I took a one-year program at the International Center for Photography and became interested in photography that documented performance art and took some sculpture and painting classes at SVA. I couldn’t find myself so I realized that I would have to satisfy my dreams of people floating naked through the city at sunrise with photography.

I discovered George Holz, a commercial photographer who shot nudes that I liked, and decided to intern with him. I basically stole his camera, not literally, but I bought the same camera and lens that he used — a set-up that allowed the subject to be sharp and the background blown out of focus. You can have an idea, but you have to find the materials to manifest it — you have to buy the right canvas or clay. In my world I had to get the right camera to do what I wanted to do.

Sometime in 1990, I was walking down the street and saw a guy who looked absolutely amazing (he turned out to be Alistair Butler, a Robert Mapplethorpe model and Alvin Ailey dancer) and I said, “Trust me, even though I don’t have any pictures to show, I could take a wonderful photograph of you,” and he did. I photographed him on Wall Street, which was my first public nude image. Leer más “Spencer Tunick: On Stealing Cameras, Controversy, and Kickstarter”

Obama: “No estamos ni estaremos nunca en guerra contra el Islam”


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Nueva York recuerda el trágico atentado de Al Qaeda contra el World Trade Center.

Los vecinos de la ciudad Nueva York conmemoran hoy el noveno aniversario del ataque terrorista a las Torres Gemelas, ocurrido el 11 de septiembre de 2001. En una solemne ceremonia realizada en la llamada “Zona Cero”, el alcalde de la ciudad, Michael Bloomberg, recordó a las más de 2.700 personas que perdieron la vida al estrellarse dos aviones de línea contra el World Trade Center.

“Ninguna otra tragedia pública rasgó nuestra ciudad de una forma tan profunda. Ningún otro lugar está tan lleno de compasión, amor y solidaridad”, expresó Bloomberg, durante el acto, realizado en el lugar donde antes se erigían las torres, en plena isla de Manhattan. El alcalde aseguró que “es con la fuerza de estas emociones, y con el cemento, cristal y metal que se trae (a la zona cero) día tras día, con los que construiremos sobre las huellas del pasado las bases del futuro”.

A su vez, el presidente de los Estados Unidos, Barak Obama, expresó esta mañana durante un acto en la capital del país, Washington, que esta fecha es “una pausa para recordar un día que sometió al país a prueba”. El presidente se unió al minuto de silencio que se realizó a las 8.46 de la mañana, hora en que se estrellaron los aviones contra las Torres Gemelas. Leer más “Obama: “No estamos ni estaremos nunca en guerra contra el Islam””

Sept. 11, 2010: The Right Way to Remember


Editorial

Nine years after terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center, a memorial and a transportation hub are taking recognizable shape and skyscrapers are finally starting to rise from the ashes of ground zero.

That physical rebirth is cause for celebration on this anniversary. It is a far more fitting way to defy the hate-filled extremists who attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, and to honor their victims, than to wallow in the intolerance and fear that have mushroomed across the nation. They are fed by the kind of bigotry exhibited by the would-be book burner in Florida, and, sadly, nurtured by people in positions of real power, including prominent members of the Republican Party.

The most important sight at ground zero now is Michael Arad’s emerging memorial. The shells of two giant pools are 30 feet deep and are set almost exactly in the places where the towers once were. Leer más “Sept. 11, 2010: The Right Way to Remember”

9/11 Reconstruction


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After years of sluggishness, the pace of building the new World Trade Center has quickened considerably. About 2,000 construction workers are on the job — weekends included — and that number will just keep rising.

In 2008, it was difficult to imagine how the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site of the trade center and is building most of it, could ever finish the eight-acre memorial in time for the 10th anniversary of the attack, on Sept. 11, 2011. Today, it is difficult to imagine what would stop them (though, given the site’s tortured history, the possibility shouldn’t be completely dismissed).

So many conflicting demands were imposed on the site — it was to be a solemn memorial, a soaring commercial complex, a vital transportation hub, a vibrant retail destination and the keystone in Lower Manhattan’s revival — that none could advance. And the many competing players seemed unable to break the logjam for long. They addressed one another as “stakeholders” in public, but the stakes they wielded usually seemed destined for someone else’s back. Leer más “9/11 Reconstruction”

Mistrust and the Mosque

The furor over the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near ground zero keeps giving us new reasons for dismay. As politicians and commentators work themselves and viewers into a rage, others who should be standing up for freedom and tolerance tiptoe away.

To the growing pile of discouragement, add this: A New York Times poll of New York City residents that found that even this city, the country’s most diverse and cosmopolitan, is not immune to suspicion and to a sadly wary misunderstanding of Muslim-Americans.

The poll found considerable distrust of Muslim-Americans and robust disapproval of the mosque proposal. Asked whether they thought Muslim-Americans were “more sympathetic to terrorists” than other citizens, 33 percent said yes, a discouraging figure, roughly consistent with polls taken since Sept. 11, 2001. Thirty-one percent said they didn’t know any Muslims; 39 percent said they knew Muslims but not as close friends.


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Editorial of the The New York Times, 3 september edition.

The furor over the proposed Islamic cultural center and mosque near ground zero keeps giving us new reasons for dismay. As politicians and commentators work themselves and viewers into a rage, others who should be standing up for freedom and tolerance tiptoe away.

To the growing pile of discouragement, add this: A New York Times poll of New York City residents that found that even this city, the country’s most diverse and cosmopolitan, is not immune to suspicion and to a sadly wary misunderstanding of Muslim-Americans.

The poll found considerable distrust of Muslim-Americans and robust disapproval of the mosque proposal. Asked whether they thought Muslim-Americans were “more sympathetic to terrorists” than other citizens, 33 percent said yes, a discouraging figure, roughly consistent with polls taken since Sept. 11, 2001. Thirty-one percent said they didn’t know any Muslims; 39 percent said they knew Muslims but not as close friends. Leer más “Mistrust and the Mosque”