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Jan 18, 2016

‘Trident is old technology’: the brave new world of cyber warfare

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

Military Robots are full speed ahead.


Forget debates about Britain’s nuclear deterrent. New technology means a country can be brought to its knees with the click of a mouse.

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Jan 14, 2016

How Will Artificial Intelligence Change War?

Posted by in categories: drones, economics, military, robotics/AI

Davos, US military branches, Time Magazine, etc. are all talking about the Robotic Battlefield.


Automated systems have already reshaped modern warfare, most notably with the widespread use of drones in conflict. Now, experts predict that advances in artificial intelligence could further change how we fight battles.

The new frontiers of warfare are not without ethical questions. Many have already challenged whether the United States should use unmanned drones to kill terrorists.

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Jan 12, 2016

Humanizing an inhuman future

Posted by in categories: energy, military, quantum physics, robotics/AI

Good report from Brookings Institute on the longer term IT Transformation. It highlights the need for countries and industry needs to be prepared for the magnitude of the transformation that is on the horizon. I support this perspective that there will indeed be a need for programs to be in place to retool,educate, and support workers that will be displaced. Also, there is a larger threat; and that is we must ensure that our critical infrastructure like Power Grids, banks, military, social prog, etc. are modernized into the changes that are coming from AI & Quantum.


Kemal Dervis examines the impact of artificial intelligence on our economies and labor markets.

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Jan 11, 2016

DARPA Advance Breaks New Ground for Operating In Congested Electromagnetic Spectrum

Posted by in categories: computing, military

Competition for scarce electromagnetic (EM) spectrum is increasing, driven by a growing military and civilian demand for connected devices. As the spectrum becomes more congested, the Department of Defense (DoD) will need better tools for managing the EM environment and for avoiding interference from competing signals. One recent DARPA-funded advance, an exceptionally high-speed analog-to-digital converter (ADC), represents a major step forward. The ADC could help ensure the uninterrupted operation of spectrum-dependent military capabilities, including communications and radar, in contested EM environments. The advance was enabled by 32 nm silicon-on-insulator (SOI) semiconductor technologies available through DARPA’s ongoing partnership with GlobalFoundries, a manufacturer of highly-advanced semiconductor chips.

The EM spectrum, whose component energy waves include trillionth-of-a-meter-wavelength gamma rays to multi-kilometer-wavelength radio waves, is an inherently physical phenomenon. ADCs convert physical data—that is, analog data—on the spectrum into numbers that a digital computer can analyze and manipulate, an important capability for understanding and adapting to dynamic EM environments.

Today’s ADCs, however, only process data within a limited portion of the spectrum at a given time. As a result, they can temporarily overlook critical information about radar, jamming, communications, and other potentially problematic EM signals. DARPA’s Arrays at Commercial Timescales (ACT) program addressed this challenge by supporting the development of an ADC with a processing speed nearly ten times that of commercially available, state-of-the-art alternatives. By leveraging this increased speed, the resulting ADC can analyze data from across a much wider spectrum range, allowing DoD systems to better operate in congested spectrum bands and to more rapidly react to spectrum-based threats.

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Jan 11, 2016

Robots to replace personnel in the Russian army

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

And, no one should say “Never” when it comes to people replaced by robots in the military.

Not good for the Russian military people.


Science fiction movies are quickly becoming a reality on the modern battlefield, as robots gradually supplant people in certain aspects of Russian military operations. The full automation of the armed forces using artificial intelligence is still a long way off, but some key functions once entrusted only to humans have already been passed on to machines.

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Jan 10, 2016

Vietnam Officials Seize Mysterious Metal Balls That Fell From Space

Posted by in categories: habitats, military, space

The real question is what are these? Is it old debris or something else?


Vietnamese military seized three bizarre metal objects that fell from the sky for military investigation. Initial findings showed they are made from Russia and could be part of a failed satellite launch. Similar objects were also found in Turkey and Spain in November 2015.(Photo : World News Times | YouTube)

The Vietnamese military seized three metal balls that fell from the sky on Saturday. The mysterious objects landed in northern Vietnam where witnesses from the Tan Dong and Bao Dap communities heard thunder-like sounds and saw “flying objects” in the sky before the metal balls crash-landed.

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Jan 9, 2016

USA, Russia and China among early entrants in race for Super Soldiers and Artificial Intelligence

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

Glad folks have awaken to the reality of our dated technology. The real question is will they truly be logical in their approach or believe more nuclear bombs are the answer.


The USA has been researching ways to enhance the biology and performance of soldiers for decades.

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work warned that America would soon lose its military competitive advantage if it does not pursue technologies such as employing artificial intelligence.

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Dec 31, 2015

John McAfee says his new security product is a ‘f—ing game changer’

Posted by in categories: encryption, geopolitics, military, security

It’s an interesting idea, if not an original one. (it’s not) The problem is that, military grade encryption or not, it would be a single point of failure that could compromise your on AND offline security in one fell swoop.


Fugitive presidential candidate John McAfee is going back to his roots with a new security product that he calls “a f—ing game changer.”

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Dec 30, 2015

We Must Cut the Military and Transition to a Science-Industrial Complex

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, economics, life extension, military, transhumanism

My new article for Vice Motherboard. It’s about one of the biggest ideas I believe in–the necessity to spend more money directly on science goals instead of bomb making and defense:


It just so happens that there is another way—a method that would satisfy liberals and conservatives alike. Instead of always spending more on our military, we could transition our nation and its economy into a scientific-industrial complex.

There’s compelling reason to do this beyond what meets the eye. Transhumanist technology is starting to radically change human life. Many experts expect to be able to stop aging and conquer death for human beings in the next 25 years. Others, like myself, see humans merging with machines and replacing our every organ with bionic ones.

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Dec 28, 2015

150 Kilowatt lasers will be tested on predator drones and AC130 gunships in 2016

Posted by in categories: drones, energy, military

A laser set to begin live-fire tests at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, in January uses rare earth minerals. It was developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. of Poway, Calif., the company that produced the revolutionary MQ-1 Predator drone. Its precise power levels are classified, but Michael Perry, the company’s vice president for laser programs, said the experimental weapon’s beam is in the 150-kilowatt class. That’s more than 100 times the power needed to heat an electric oven to 350 degrees.

The General Atomics laser is five times more powerful than the only laser the military has fielded, the 30-kilowatt-class Laser Weapon System, a fiber laser the Navy developed that has knocked down small drones and crippled small boat swarms in tests at short range. That laser was installed on the USS Ponce, an Afloat Forward Staging Base deployed to the Middle East, in 2014. This past October, the Navy awarded Northrop Grumman a $53 million contract to develop a more powerful shipboard laser.

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