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Finding the Original Source of the Viral "Remote Neural Monitoring" Video

I kept seeing reposts of this viral video talking about AI, remote neural monitoring, and wifi routers being used as 3D cameras that work in the dark. I went on a quest to find the original source video.

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When I first came across this video on Instagram, I found it:

  1. difficult to believe and
  2. alarming

The Remote Neural Monitoring video that has been copied countless times

It has appeared in my feed quite a lot, and several people have sent it to me over the past six months or so.

The image quality is terrible.

It appears to be copied and reposted multiple times.

Each time the video was posted on social media, the comments were full of people asking for a link to the original source video.

Nobody seemed to have the answer.

So I did a little digging to see if I could find the origin of the video.

Why I am I interested in this video?

I want to learn more about the two specific things it talks about...

Remote Neural Monitoring

According the video, we can now remotely read people's minds.

The computer can turn people's thoughts into text that is accurate.

It appears that there are two different terms that are being used interchangeably: Remote Neural Monitoring and Remote Neuromonitoring

They mention Demolition Man movie from 1993.

Note to self: rewatch that movie.

Every Wifi Router is a 3D Camera That Can Work in the Dark

The guy in the video is saying they can turn every wifi router into a 3d image camera that can work in the dark.

Apparently they could do this 10 years ago and it had nothing to do with AI:

Sounds like a similar thing was going on in the Batman movie Dark Knight:

Here's an article about how it's done:

WiFi routers can see people through walls. Here’s how it works
With the help of AI, the researchers were able to detect the movement of human bodies in a room using Wi-Fi routers -- even through walls.

Side note: Amazon is already putting remote monitoring drones in our homes for sale here on Amazon.

The quest for the original source of the video

But I still hadn't found the original source of the video.

Getting closer: A lesser degraded excerpt

Ok, after a bit of Googling, I found this copy, which is much closer to the original video:

Finally, I took a screenshot of the video:

And did a reverse image search on Google:

...Which led me to this article:

To Counter AI Risk, We Must Develop an Integrated Intelligence
The explosive rise in the power of AI presents humanity with an existential risk. To counter that risk, and potentially redirect our…

...Which linked to the original source video!

Original Source of Remote Neural Monitoring AI Video

It's Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin presenting “The AI Dilemma”.

These guys run the Center for Humane Technology, which has the stated goal of aligning technology with humanity’s best interests.

They focus on the areas of AI and social media.

They have a podcast called Your Undivided Attention.

They also have a free course called Foundations of Humane Technology.

There's so much to unpack here.

I'm going to have to spend some time digging in.

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