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Info Ops Officer Offers Artificial Intelligence Roadmap

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Artificial intelligence, machine learning and autonomy are central to the future of American war. In particular, the Pentagon wants to develop software that can absorb more information from more sources than a human can, analyze it and either advise the human how to respond or — in high-speed situations like cyber warfare and missile defense — act on… Keep reading →

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How Robot Trucks Will Work: Army Roboticist

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AUSA: Google does it. Tesla does it. So why isn’t the Army deploying self-driving cars and trucks throughout the world to save lives and move gear without weighing down soldiers? The Army’s chief roboticist, Bob Sadowski, talked with me about what makes it so challenging for the military to design autonomous trucks that can crawl their… Keep reading →

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Pentagon Study Urges ‘Immediate Action’ On Thinking Weapons; VCJCS Selva Cautious

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WASHINGTON: Should the United States build physical and cyber Terminators, weapons that do not have a human in the loop? The unequivocal answer from the prestigious Defense Science Board is yes. “This study concluded that DoD must accelerate its exploitation of autonomy—both to realize the potential military value and to remain ahead of adversaries who also… Keep reading →

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Artificial Intelligence Drone Defeats Fighter Pilot: The Future?

Posted by Colin Clark on


In an intriguing paper certain to catch the eye of senior Pentagon officials, a company claims that an artificial intelligence program it designed allowed drones to repeatedly and convincingly “defeat” a human pilot in simulations in a test done with the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL). A highly experienced former Air Force battle manager, Gene Lee, tried repeatedly… Keep reading →

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Will US Pursue ‘Enhanced Human Ops?’ DepSecDef Wonders

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The Defense Department’s Third Offset Strategy is designed to create new advantages over adversaries now that Russia and China are developing stealth fighters, cyber weapons, and precision missile arsenals of their own. With studies well underway and up to $15 billion budgeted for experimentation in 2017, the emerging answer is a cluster of technologies related to… Keep reading →

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Too Many Screens: Why Drones Are So Hard To Fly, So Easy To Crash

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


LAS VEGAS: The US military depends on drones. But amidst the justifiable excitement over the rise of the robots, it’s easy to overlook that today’s unmanned systems are not truly autonomous but rather require a lot of human guidance by remote control — and bad design often makes the human’s job needlessly awkward, to the… Keep reading →

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