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Feb 4, 2016

DOT&E: Cyber Vulnerabilities Plague Battlefield Comms

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, military

Cyber is still a challenge for soldiers on the battlefield.


Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include comment from an industry official.

WASHINGTON — Cyber vulnerabilities continue to plague the Army’s battlefield communications, according to the Pentagon’s top weapons tester, while the service works to harden its network against cyber attacks.

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Feb 3, 2016

Little Known Pentagon Office Key to U.S. Military Competition with China, Russia

Posted by in category: military

Anyone, want to work for the SCO?


A little known Pentagon office tasked with tweaking existing U.S. military weapons is a key player in staying ahead of Russian and Chinese capabilities.

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Feb 1, 2016

Russia developing mind-controlled ‘exoskeletons’ for its soldiers | Latest News | Breaking UK News & World News Headlines | Daily Star

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, military, neuroscience

Russia’s new mind control exoskeleton.


THE era of the ‘robo-soldier’ is nearing as Russia claims to be perfecting machines that will revolutionise warfare.

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Jan 25, 2016

Can we Afford to go Into Space?

Posted by in categories: business, economics, materials, military, solar power, space, sustainability

Space is not a government program; it’s the rest of the Universe. Private space business is now a major factor, bent on finding investors interested in generating profits by making space more accessible to more people. Space business pays taxes to governments; it does not consume tax revenues. Further, space business can offer launch services to government agencies at highly competitive rates, thus saving taxpayer dollars. How can they do this, competing with government-funded boosters with a 50-year track record? Simple: governments have no incentive to cut costs. Traditional aerospace industry giants have a huge vested interest in boosters that were developed to military and NASA standards, among which economy was not even an issue. But innovative, competitive companies such as XCOR Aerospace and Mojave Aerospace, without such baggage (and overhead) can drive costs down dramatically. This is a proven principle: notice that we are no longer buying IBM PCs with 64 k of RAM for $5000 a unit.

Even more important in the long view, space is a literally astronomical reservoir of material and energy resources. The profit potential of even a single such resource, such as solar power collectors in space beaming microwave power to Earth, is in the trillions of dollars. What would it be worth to the world to reduce fossil fuel consumption by a factor of 20 or 100 while lowering energy costs? Can we afford to continue pretending that Earth is a closed system, doomed to eke out finite resources into a cold, dark future?

Can we afford space? Wrong question. Can businesses afford space? Yes. We get to reap the benefits of their innovative ideas and free competition without footing the bill.

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Jan 24, 2016

‘The Terminator Conundrum’: Pentagon Weighs Ethics of Pairing Deadly Force, AI

Posted by in categories: engineering, ethics, military, neuroscience, robotics/AI

DoD spending $12 to $15 billion of its FY17 budget on small bets that includes NextGen tech improvements — WOW. Given the DARPA new Neural Engineering System Design (NESD); guessing we may finally have a Brain Mind Interface (BMI) soldier in the future.


The Defense Department will invest the $12 billion to $15 billion from its Fiscal Year 2017 budget slotted for developing a Third Offset Strategy on several relatively small bets, hoping to produce game-changing technology, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

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Jan 24, 2016

Experts At Davos Say Weaponized Artificial Intelligence Robots Are Dangerous

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

I am in favor of responsible development of new technologies but, as always, it is a double-edged sword.


Scientists say smarter autonomous robots are dangerous and may start new era in warfare.

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Jan 23, 2016

Brain implant will connect a million neurons with superfast bandwidth

Posted by in categories: military, neuroscience

A neural interface being created by the United States military aims to greatly improve the resolution and connection speed between biological and non-biological matter.

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The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) — a branch of the U.S. military — has announced a new research and development program known as Neural Engineering System Design (NESD). This aims to create a fully implantable neural interface able to provide unprecedented signal resolution and data-transfer bandwidth between the human brain and the digital world.

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Jan 22, 2016

Fighter Jets Are Seen ‘Chasing A UFO’ — But They Don’t Shoot

Posted by in categories: drones, military

It’s not a fighter jet, it’s a Warthog (A-10), obviously.

Assuming this footage is real, that probably means it’s some kind of experimental ground attack drone. Also, I’ve read that there have been a few warthogs converted into drones themselves, so maybe it’s some sort of drone integration trials or something.

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Jan 21, 2016

So The US Military Are Actually Working On A Way For Cyborg Soldiers To ‘Enter The Matrix’

Posted by in categories: computing, cyborgs, military

The US Military’s experimental research division DARPA have confirmed that they’re to begin work on the world’s first human computer interface. This would effectively allow soldier ‘cyborgs’ to connect directly to computers and ‘talk’ to them.

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Jan 20, 2016

The US Thinks China May Have Stolen Military Robot Designs

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI, security

I see this competition now between the US vs Russia/China in robotics as a good thing. For one it will make the silly campaigns against robots go away, as this will now become a matter of national security to advance robotics. And, secondly, it will force the government to put up a huge amount of money into robotics research even if they didnt really want to; the old guys think robots are silly. What that means for us in the general public is that we will get robot caregivers much sooner than we thought thanks to all this defense spending on robotics.


U.S. officials have ordered an investigation into whether China might be gaining an unfair competitive advantage in the robotics race.

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