Dugan leads this project at Facebook. Little is known outside of this group as to the projects that this group is working on, but some tech that they have revealed they are exploring and developing are: augmented reality, cameras, and most interestingly, some sort of brain-computer interface, involving neuroimaging and haptic feedback. A look at a Facebook page for Building 8 states that the project is purpourtedly an ambitious undertaking in Facebook's desire to "connect the world."
Those are the big three I wanted to share. There are many hoorable mentions.
(the namesake of which is proportional to your fondness of tinfoil), which is a DOD funded research instituion interested in "...improv[ing the] DOD's basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the U.S." The person who cowrote the study wherein Facebook specifically attempted to manipulate the moods of a subset of users by selectively managing their content, Jeffery Hancock, is one of the paid members of this institution. While the aforementioned study is not known to be part of his work at MI, his area of focus is on "psychological and interpersonal dynamics of social media, deception, and language"; the study was funded by Cornell to develop an empircal model "of the dynamics of social movement mobilization and contagion.">DARPA themselves, and the similar NSA offshoot ARDA (Advanced Research & Development Activity)>NSA, of course
It should go without saying that NSA is highly reliant on the privacy users sacrifice to many Silicon Valley companies for monitoring, generally passive, ie Google's PREF IP cookies. This is, of course, in addition to it's own capabilities>Institutions within and proximal to military-industrial complex: defence contractors, paramilitary organizations, military-based tech companies; eg Halliburton, Lockheed-Martin, Booz-Allen, Boston Dynamics, Blackwater & other defence contractors [MGS4 when?]
I could definitely go on, but this moves further into the military side of things and away from the original direction of this post.
I don't really have a single cohesive point that I'm trying to make here; I probably will on the other side of sobriety, as I'm still trying to parsing the deluge of the information, let alone the implications, large and small.
More than anything, this was just a dump of some of the things I've learned about recently, with a request for similiar leads, as well as any perspectives anyone may have on topics such as: interplay of (deep) state and tech, potentially dystopian developments in the world of tech, any philosophical implications thereof, etc.
Pic related, the book scared me many years ago when I was far less tech literate; seeing the trailer for the movie prompted this post.
[Apologies for mispellings, I don't have a decent spellcheck on this computer and it's taking forever through the VPN. Also, please feel free to make any corrections or request sources.)