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Feb 6, 2016

New Microchip Could Increase Military Intelligence Powers

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

More news on DARPA’s new deep learning microchip for the military.


A military-funded breakthrough in microchips opens the door to portable deep learning.

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Feb 6, 2016

New Israeli Technology 2015

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Israel latest technology 2016 unmanned military technology subscribe and thumbs up.

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Feb 5, 2016

Who’s to Blame (Part 1): The Legal Vacuum Surrounding Autonomous Weapons

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, law, military, robotics/AI

Future of Life Institute illustrate their objection to automated lethal robots:

“Outrage swells within the international community, which demands that whoever is responsible for the atrocity be held accountable. Unfortunately, no one can agree on who that is”


The year is 2020 and intense fighting has once again broken out between Israel and Hamas militants based in Gaza. In response to a series of rocket attacks, Israel rolls out a new version of its Iron Dome air defense system. Designed in a huge collaboration involving defense companies headquartered in the United States, Israel, and India, this third generation of the Iron Dome has the capability to act with unprecedented autonomy and has cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology that allows it to analyze a tactical situation by drawing from information gathered by an array of onboard sensors and a variety of external data sources. Unlike prior generations of the system, the Iron Dome 3.0 is designed not only to intercept and destroy incoming missiles, but also to identify and automatically launch a precise, guided-missile counterattack against the site from where the incoming missile was launched. The day after the new system is deployed, a missile launched by the system strikes a Gaza hospital far removed from any militant activity, killing scores of Palestinian civilians. Outrage swells within the international community, which demands that whoever is responsible for the atrocity be held accountable. Unfortunately, no one can agree on who that is…

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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

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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.

brain technology implant future timeline 2016

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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