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Jun 24, 2020

AI researchers condemn predictive crime software, citing racial bias and flawed methods

Posted by in categories: law enforcement, military, robotics/AI

A collective of more than 1,000 researchers, academics and experts in artificial intelligence are speaking out against soon-to-be-published research that claims to use neural networks to “predict criminality.” At the time of writing, more than 50 employees working on AI at companies like Facebook, Google and Microsoft had signed on to an open letter opposing the research and imploring its publisher to reconsider.

The controversial research is set to be highlighted in an upcoming book series by Springer, the publisher of Nature. Its authors make the alarming claim that their automated facial recognition software can predict if a person will become a criminal, citing the utility of such work in law enforcement applications for predictive policing.

“By automating the identification of potential threats without bias, our aim is to produce tools for crime prevention, law enforcement, and military applications that are less impacted by implicit biases and emotional responses,” Harrisburg University professor and co-author Nathaniel J.S. Ashby said.

Jun 23, 2020

North Korea reportedly threatens ‘new round of the Korean War’ to end US

Posted by in categories: existential risks, military

North Korea’s embassy in Moscow has threatened to use its nation’s nuclear weapons against the United States in what they claim would be “a particularly sensational event,” a Russian state-owned news agency reports.

The reporting comes from the TASS news agency, a state-owned wire service known largely as a propaganda outlet for the Kremlin, which claims the embassy sent them the threat in the form of a statement over the weekend.

The agency quotes the embassy as stating, “This year, the U.S. military has been carrying out various kinds of military maneuvers in South Korea and its vicinity with the purpose of striking North Korea quickly.”

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Jun 20, 2020

China’s Top-Secret Laser Project

Posted by in categories: military, surveillance

In 2018, China launched a secret project with the goal of eradicating U.S. submarines.

It’s called Project Guanlan, which means “Watching the Big Waves,” and it’s a space-based laser weapon.

If you’re a regular reader, then this won’t come as a surprise to you.

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Jun 19, 2020

Why the U.S. Army’s New Precision-Strike Missile Such a Big Deal

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It will replacing one of the military’s aging missiles.

Jun 18, 2020

Pentagon issues new strategy to defend U.S. dominance in space

Posted by in categories: military, policy, space

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has released an updated space strategy that replaces the 2011 document issued by the Obama administration.

The Defense Space Strategy unveiled June 17 provides broad guidance to DoD for “achieving desired conditions in space over the next 10 years,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy Steve Kitay said at a Pentagon news conference.

DoD released the 2020 Defense Space Strategy aimed at countering China and Russia.

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Jun 18, 2020

Navy Super Hornets Can Now Carry the Stormbreaker Bomb

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O,.o I thought this was impossible o.o woah.

A U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet successfully launched a Stormbreaker glide bomb, a major step towards initial operational capability later this year. Stormbreaker is the Pentagon’s most advanced smart bomb to date, capable of seeking out and destroying moving targets and flying in night and adverse weather conditions.

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Jun 18, 2020

For First Time in Decades, Female Soldier Completes Final Phase of Special Forces Training

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A female National Guard soldier has successfully completed the final stage of the Army’s Special Forces Qualification Course (Q Course), but she’s not a Green Beret yet.

The soldier finished the grueling three-week evaluation known as Robin Sage this week, but she is still in the final counseling phase, in which she and other students receive evaluations from course staff, Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, spokesman for U.S. Army Special Operations Command, told on Thursday.

Read Next: Marine Raider Dies During Airborne Training at Fort Benning.

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Jun 15, 2020

Pilot of US Air Force Jet That Crashed in North Sea Is Dead

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London (AP) — The pilot of a fighter jet that crashed into the North Sea, off the coast of northern England, has been found dead, the U.S. Air Force said Monday.

In a statement hours after the crash, it said “the pilot of the downed F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing has been located, and confirmed deceased.”

It said this is a “tragic loss” for the 48th Fighter wing community and sent condolences to the pilot’s family.

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Jun 15, 2020

BREAKING: US F-15 fighter jet crashes into North Sea off Yorkshire Coast

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

A US military jet has crashed into the North Sea off the coast of Yorkshire.

A major operation is underway after the F-15 fighter jet came down near Flamborough Head in East Yorkshire, south of Scarborough. The pilot is yet to be found.

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Jun 14, 2020

Army Futures Command general describes how future wars will look

Posted by in categories: economics, military

Warrior: The Army must have some major efforts looking at what war may look like in 20 to 30 years?

Murray: “We have something called ‘Team Ignite.’ It is not a standing organization but a cross-functional team between my technologists and my scientists. One part is responsible for the technology at Combat Capabilities Development Command, another is a ‘future concepts’ unit at Fort Eustis, Va. and my concept writers at our Futures and Concepts Center. This forces the people who are thinking about future concepts to take technology into account because they technologists are right there with them. This forces them to think about how technology will change the concept… also it directly feeds what we should be investing in our science and technology areas.”

Gen. John Murray, commander of Army Futures Command, explains what future wars will look like.

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