AI SPOOFING, A CHINESE ANTI-SAT FACILITY, AND INDIA’S ...

Yesterday I blogged about the triple, and quasi-quadruple, redundancy being built out in the world's international financial clearing systems, for now there are viable alternatives to the West's SWIFT system: Russia's SPFS and China's CIPS systems. Add to that the Japanese credit card clearing system in widespread use in the Pacific, build that out a built more, and one has a quadruple redundancy where, just a few years ago, there was only one system: SWIFT.  As I indicated yesterday, when one views this activity without the conventional down-to-earth geopolitical explanations, one is left with the question of why, and the answer is that one makes such moves as a matter of planetary, rather than individual national, security. It is the sort of move that one would expect as plans are being made to move into space and "mine" asteroids and so on, thus requiring some method or system(s) to enable what in effect will become interplanetary commerce, and to secure it against "whomever" might seek to disrupt it, be that "whomever" someone "down here" or someone "up there."

It's that context, I suspect (in today's high octane speculation) that might connect three seemingly unrelated stories, each of which, considered on its own individual merits, has its own typical "down to earth" geopolitical explanations, but which taken together, might indicate that other capabilities are being built out for space-related reasons.

The first story concerns a new technique being developed by China to use AI to create fictitious installations and modify satellite photos of the Earth, shared by Mr.V.T.:

The Newest AI-Enabled Weapon: ‘Deep-Faking’ Photos of the Earth

Here's the gist of the technology and the motivation for it:

Worries about deep fakes — machine-manipulated videos of celebrities and world leaders purportedly saying or doing things that they really didn’t — are quaint compared to a new threat: doctored images of the Earth itself.

China is the acknowledged leader in using an emerging technique called generative adversarial networks to trick computers into seeing objects in landscapes or in satellite images that aren’t there, says Todd Myers, automation lead and Chief Information Officer in the Office of the Director of Technology at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

“The Chinese are well ahead of us. This is not classified info,” Myers said Thursday at the second annual Genius Machines summit, hosted by Defense One and Nextgov. “The Chinese have already designed; they’re already doing it right now, using GANs—which are generative adversarial networks—to manipulate scenes and pixels to create things for nefarious reasons.”

For example, Myers said, an adversary might fool your computer-assisted imagery analysts into reporting that a bridge crosses an important river at a given point.

It requires little imagination to see how this could be expanded to space, to create images of exo-planetary surfaces to create things that aren't there, or alternatively (and as has been alleged many times over in the past few decades) to erase things that are there.  One might even envision an expansion of the technique to be able to spoof the existence of "assets" on other celestial bodies that aren't there, or to exaggerate amounts of assets that are. Ultimately, one might envision a further expansion of the technique to spoof off-planet "threats" to create imaginary installations. The bottom line is that the capability is a unique form both of camouflage and of deception and disinformation.

With that technology in mind, consider this second article, also shared by Mr. V.T:

Satellite Photos Show Chinese Anti-Satellite Laser Base

What's interesting about this second story is that its dateline is last Monday, April 1st, thus making it possible that it is an elaborate April Fool's joke, and given the first article with its AI spoofing technique, it's a possibility that can't be entirely discounted. But suppose for a moment that it is genuine, and that the analysis it purports to give of the Chinese facilities is for the most part true. If so, two things emerge from the article as implications. The analysis of the facilities, according to the article, was undertaken by an Indian defense and photo analyst, Col. Vinayak Bhat. he alleges that the Chinese facilities are for two basic types of weapons: (1) powerful ground-based anti-satellite lasers, and (2) ground based electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapons. Additionally, the American Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has weighed in on the matter:

The report said Beijing "possibly already has a limited capability to employ laser systems against satellite sensors."

"China likely will field a ground-based laser weapon that can counter low-orbit space-based sensors by 2020, and by the mid-to-late 2020s, it may field higher power systems that extend the threat to the structures of non-optical satellites," the report, "Challenges to Security in Space," says.

The DIA said directed energy weapons can be used to "disrupt, damage, or destroy enemy equipment and facilities."

"These weapons, which can have effects ranging from temporary to permanent, include lasers, high-power microwaves, and other types of radiofrequency weapons," the report said, noting the difficulties in identifying the source of such attacks.

It is not known if the Xinjiang base was the source of the well-known laser illumination of U.S. reconnaissance satellites several times in August and September of 2006. The laser "painting" occurred as the satellites passed over China.

One immediate implication of these analyses is that if China has developed a ground-based laser Anti-Sat capability, then this means that it has perfected phase conjugation, allowing the beams to stay more or less coherent through atmospheric distortion (phase conjugation is a compensating mechanism for this distortion).  But what of the ground-based electromagnetic pulse component? This is where it gets even more interesting from a high octane speculation point of view:

Bhat also disclosed the locations of other facilities in China used for exotic weapons systems, including an electromagnetic pulse facility in Xinjiang.

EMP is the pulse produced by a nuclear blast or solar flare that can disrupt electronics for thousands of miles.

The photo shows a road leading in to the facility under a cylindrical EMP generator that can illuminate equipment and vehicles with EMP.

"This facility is used for researching methods of hardening Chinese military equipment and reverse effects on adversaries’ equipment using electronic components," Bhat says.

Also in Xinjiang is a mobile pulse generator—an electronic warfare system used to create electromagnetic interference that can disable satellites. (Emphases added)

An electromagnetic pulse weapon that could conceivably fry the electronic components of satellites, rendering them so much useless lumps of metal in orbit, could conceivably also to the same to aircraft, or other types of vehicles entering Chinese airspace from "wherever." In this respect, I'm reminded of some of those stories about the Roswell incident which allege that the Roswell UFO was brought down by ground based American radar. In any case, it is intriguing to ponder the fact that China has built out its financial clearing system while simultaneously building out an anti-satellite (or anti-whatever) capability, and the two things are obviously not unrelated. In this respect it is also intriguing to note that the Trump Administration has created a space force, and that President Trump plans to issue an executive order regarding precisely those electromagnetic pulse weapons. In effect, the geopolitical-exopolitical situation is such that the major powers must develop both defensive and offensive capabilities against the space assets of each other, but also against the UFO problem, and it stands to reason that the "deep states" of the major powers would do so by developing technologies that (they hope) can do double duty.

And last but not least, to round out this geopolitical-exopolitical jigsaw puzzle, we have the announcement of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 27 of this year, that India successfully shot down a satellite in low Earth orbit, making India a bona fide "space power" and only the fourth nation to demonstrate such a capability after the USA, Russia, and China (this story was shared by Mr. G.L.R. and Mr. A.M.):

India Declares Itself a Space Power After Shooting Down Satellite

As the article indicates, the downing of the satellite was a clear geopolitical message to rival nuclear power Pakistan (and as well to the other three "space powers):

Brahma Chellaney, a security expert at New Delhi's Centre of Policy Research, said the United States, Russia and China were all pursuing anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons.

"Space is being turned into a battlefront, making counter-space capabilities critical. In this light, India's successful "kill" with an ASAT weapon is significant."

No comment was immediately available from India's old rival Pakistan. There was also no immediate reaction from China's foreign or defence ministries.

But beyond this, I cannot help but wonder if India is also playing the "deeper game" in space that I have been alluding to in yesterday's and today's blog, for the simple reason that it has long been suspected that India has had an anti-satellite capability for a number of years. Mr. Modi  merely made it "official" on March 27, but it's difficult to imagine why India would not have such a capability. For a country and culture deeply steeped in the Vedic literature, with the Ramayana's and Mahabharata's clear references to ancient advanced technologies and "wars of the gods" both "down here" and "out there," it's again difficult to believe that the "deeper game" is not part of India's defense policy...

Taking yesterday's blog about the build-out of international financial clearing redundancy, and today's story about unusual technologies and capabilities being developed by China, the bottom line is that all of these developments can clearly be rationalized adequately and solely by terrestrial financial and geo-politics. But I strongly suspect that there are potential "off-planet" reasons for their development as well...

See you on the flip side...

 

 

 

18 thoughts on “ AI SPOOFING, A CHINESE ANTI-SAT FACILITY, AND INDIA’S ...”

  1. A few years ago there was an earthquake that took out a N. Korean nuclear facility.

    Let’s say for a minute that these nature-based weapons are a reality, which they may well be. One has to wonder that with all these advanced weapons being developed and the locations where they are doing it are known, why there aren’t more “earthquakes.” Or “tidal waves.”

    Just sayin’…..

  2. LOL come to think of it, it makes total sense, just like our eyes could trick us to believe something actually not true, like those magic trick for example. If computer display still on the pixel base, it detects whatever element as a form of data and translate it into image display on the screen.

    Cover those part with material which could not be penetrate by radar signal, maybe like tin foil for example, and leave those part that visible for detection, hahahaha brilliant! Didn’t they plant all those trees on the Pyramid to camouflage it as a hill? lol It has been like what 5000 years? Nothing had change for the Chinese doing this type of stuff ROFL!!!

    Time to wear my tin foil hat!!!

  3. the ability bringing down satellites would be good to get all that space junk to fall somewhere safe (if not nuclear)…though this presumes a kinetic effect rather than microwaving navigational electronics for a slow degredation of orbit.
    and NPP electricity too cheap to meter and no nuke waste.
    and television educating and enlightening the masses.
    and the united nations universally enforcing civilising laws…
    … oops my alarm clock just went off, time to get out of bed.

  4. As far as “AI-Enabled Weapon: ‘Deep-Faking’ Photos” goes, consider the following:

    On a personal level, consider Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has had cancer, surgeries, etc., and her advanced age weighs against her rebounding from that. Some consider her to have died a few weeks back. Since then, there have been fake ‘appearances’ of her using old photos (in an airport, wearing the same clothes) and ‘work’ done by her at the Supreme Court via opinions appearing in print. But, there have been no “walking through the crowd” appearances. Some sources suspect Ginsburg will soon be appear in AI-created ‘deep-faking’ photos and videos which are pushed through the usual MSM channels…

    On an Earth level, consider Sandy Island, New Caledonia. This is a South Pacific island shown on marine charts and world maps for centuries. All of a sudden, this island is shown not to exist – even being in a deep sea area. If one was of a conspiracy bent, there is a possibility that Sandy Island was ceded to someone “down here” or someone “up there.” As a consequence, it is necessary ensure privacy. Bribe/threaten certain researchers, produce AI ‘deep-faking’ photos showing it not appearing on satellite imagery, and you have your newest secret base hidden in plain sight…

    On a somewhat larger picture, one has to look at what is being funded and what is not. Just like Tesla had his funding cut-off for his ‘free-power’ facilities, availability of capital will determine what capabilities are promoted and what die still-born. Use capital-availability as a ‘proxy’ for what the PTB (maybe not human) want to push or extinguish…

    I can only note how definitively capital has been made available for anything computer-related, including AI-related development. There are even specific chips being developed to speed-up AI calculation/networking abilities. I think we now know of one path the PTB considers essential to their plans.

    (On the other extreme of capital-availability, consider whether any money is being ‘pushed’ towards enhancing human potentials – ESP, higher states, etc. . I think we now know of one path the PTB considers antithetical to their plans.)

  5. Any thoughts on back to the Moon plans of the Trump I just hope it’s not another dog and pony show like that of G.H. Bush in the last century. As for this technology, this would be a flat earther wet dream.

  6. [Post as I read]
    As your theme implies;
    it’s no longer 3D geopolitics, it’s 4D exopolitics.
    Another way of framing it would be:
    Fake news goes to war[deceit].
    No doubt this photo tech was already in play from the get-go. Not only to fool the foreign enemies, but the domestic varieties as well.
    On Earth it may be the One Belt One Road
    But in space it appears to be a deeper game at play.
    Yet; when taken as a whole,
    do they all complement each others weaknesses?

  7. So.. what you’re saying.. is that the technology to change satellite imagery exists. . . .and you know what the BlackOps rule is.. You only talk about it, once DARPA has the 4th generation version working and we’re ready to sell the 2nd generation model to despot banana dictators.
    And we thought those images of Mars were being tinkered with….

    1. Indeed. “Well-informed” citizens who read the paper everyday, or listen to alternative researchers, think they know what’s going on. “Ooh, China’s ahead of us in this. The Russians have got the edge in that.” But do ever really know who has what?
      It’s kind of like the Roswell event and other UFOs: “NO earthly craft could perform such maneuvers.” or “It couldn’t have been one of ours and the Russians say it wasn’t one of theirs.”
      This is exactly what “they” want us to think.

  8. As the space war ramps up with India shooting one of its own satellites (this increasing the amount of pesky debris in orbit!), let’s recall the scenario presented by one of Linda Moulton Howe’s interviewees: that there are three non-terrestrial forces competing for the control of Earth. Assuming for sake of argument that this scenario is true, all the space powers could be secretly collaborating to counter those forces. Or, perhaps more likely, some of them might try to curry the favour of one of those groups “out there” in exchange for whatever advantages. Methods could include time-tried secrecy and deception action, hitherto developed by the Russians and Americans (and perhaps the “Nazi International” or some other “breakaway civilization”) now emulated by the newer space powers. Some corroboration to this could perhaps be found in the apparent “space shooting matches” observed by people with night-vision goggles.
    Again, if such a scenario is accurate, then the financial aspect of the satellite network, while remaining important, would be secondary.

    1. Dana.. what if.. what if…… ALien contact had already been established through contact bases in Antartica (lets pretend.. that coming in through poles is easier for their propulsion technology.. ) Human hosts go and play Red Carpet and gargle pleasentries for Alien ‘guests’… Guests then get taken to Denver to be shown our horrible war like devestating ways, through Wall wide fresques (maybe the guests are used to seeing stories being presented as friezes… used to be done in stone..) therefore, the guests must never make contact with humans without protection.. or get taken to North Korea and shown the Murican’s being bad Museum (same style and pictures..)

      1. good point k. that scenario makes so much more sense for so much of the art, literature and news gafla published these last few decades. i’ve wondered for years: what audience is all this intended for. publishing it to woke and unwoke humans makes no sense. had not considered the propaganda being aimed at folk outside the realm.

    2. 25 years ago when I was camping at Pike National Forrest in Colorado, we saw around 6 or 7 ufo’s zooming and zigzagging up high in space. It was dark out and they looked like little white dots or spheres. They went from one side to the other in a fraction of a second. It seemed like they were playing a game “flying” back and forth and zig zags. It was hard to believe my eyes but 5 of us saw them and we were puzzled. I wonder what was going on 25 years ago – us or them?

  9. As usual, excellent HOS, Doc!
    OK…So we get a story about new/better Chinese ‘photoshoping’ while they have a rover on the dark side of the moon…. hmm… ?!?
    My spidey senses say the Chinese may be getting ready to release some ‘interesting’ images from the moon….and the article is damage control, and/or, as i like to say, “the infusion of confusion”…so the normies can scream HOAX…( and/or vice-versa??)
    One other ‘funny’ thought poped in too….what if the Laser/EMP stuff is part of the moon rover project….as in, they knew they were gonna pi55 someone off when they showed up….. so a little ‘retaliation insurance’ was necessary..?

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