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Apr 26, 2017

How Should We Treat Our Military Robots?

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Increasingly human-like automated weapons demand an honest accounting of our emotional responses to them.

The audience of venture capitalists, engineers and other tech-sector denizens chuckled as they watched a video clip of an engineer using a hockey stick to shove a box away from the Atlas robot that was trying to pick it up. Each time the humanoid robot lumbered forward, its objective moved out of reach. From my vantage point at the back of the room, the audience’s reaction to the situation began to sound uneasy, as if the engineer’s actions and their invention’s response had crossed some imaginary line.

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Apr 17, 2017

Is this the flying car you’ve been waiting for?

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For the past several years, Urban Aeronautics has been developing a military VTOL aircraft called the Cormorant. The company’s Metro Skyways subsidiary is also exploring the possibility of a civilian aircraft based on the technology. The first details of that aircraft have now been released.

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Apr 16, 2017

The Military Just Demoed an F-16 That Flies and Executes Strikes

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The fighter jet successfully completed its mission sans pilot.

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Apr 15, 2017

Mom or dad: Russia has a more powerful bomb than the U.S.

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Washington recently used the world’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb, coined ‘The Mother of All Bombs,’ against ISIS – but Russia has a device that can easily play the ‘father’ role.

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Apr 14, 2017

What is ICE 9?

Posted by in categories: finance, military

Ice-nine is a fictitious alternative structure of water that is solid at room temperature. When a crystal of ice-nine contacts liquid water, it becomes a seed crystal that makes the molecules of liquid water arrange themselves into the solid form, ice-nine. Felix Hoenikker’s reason to create this substance was to aid in the military’s plight of wading through mud and swamp areas while fighting. That is, if ice-nine could reduce the wetness of the areas to a solid form, soldiers could easily maneuver across without becoming entrapped or slowed. (Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut) Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat%27s_Cradle

Jim Rickards uses ICE 9 in his latest work “The Road to Ruin” to warn investors of a potential ICE 9 event in which the financial system literally freezes up in a domino type event as he describes in a recent interview:

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Apr 8, 2017

The Military is Prepping for Space Wars

Posted by in categories: alien life, military

Excellent idea! but we need to point the weapons away from earth to shoot down Asteroids / bad aliens and form The Earth Defense Directorate. (The Earth Defense Directorate is the ficticious unified military command of the planet Earth in the 25th century. (Buck Rogers) It encompasses both ground forces (who wear white uniforms and use traditional army ranks, such as Major and Colonel) and a naval force which operates Earth’s starships (such as the Searcher) and whose officers and crew wear blue uniforms and have naval ranks.)


The U.S. military is preparing for IRL Star Wars.

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Apr 7, 2017

Next Job for US Air Force: Space Cop?

Posted by in categories: economics, military, space

The United States Air Force may become a sort of space cop in the not-too-distant future.

An off-Earth economy cannot truly take off unless moon miners and other pioneering entrepreneurs are able to operate in a safe and stable environment, said Air Force Lt. Col. Thomas Schilling, of Air University.

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Apr 5, 2017

See Spot Run, Again: Marines Resume Testing on Quadruped Robot

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Big Dog marches again.


The US Marine Corps is preparing to resume testing on its four-legged robot, “Spot.”

A project of the Corps’ Warfighting Lab, the dog-sized device is slated to re-enter developmental testing in the fall.

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Apr 3, 2017

The advanced military technology that will win future wars

Posted by in categories: futurism, military

The West is searching for a new edge on the battlefield through advanced military technology. [b]Benjamin Sutherland[/b] goes inside the quest…

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Mar 29, 2017

SMDC announces 60kW laser test successful

Posted by in categories: energy, military

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command announced the successful completion of the Factory Acceptance Test for the 60kW Spectrally Combined High Power Solid State Fiber Laser program March 16.

During the testing conducted last week, the laser demonstrated a sustained power of 57.5kW for a duration of 200 seconds with good beam quality. This level exceeds the contract threshold for success, and with the addition of three more channels planned before delivery, power will exceed the 60kW program objective.

This important technical milestone represents the first successful demonstration of a high power fiber laser at this power level for defense applications. After delivery, the laser will be integrated with the High Energy Laser Mobile Test Truck where it will be used in test environments to support analyses and studies related to warfighting applications.

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