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Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Campaign To Stop Killer Robots ‘Unethical’ & ‘Immoral’: Bob Work

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“They’re willing to say, ‘I’m willing to sacrifice the lives of American servicemen and women, I’m willing to take more civilian casualties … on the off chance that sometime in the future this weapon will exist.”

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Chinese Missiles Can Wipe Out US Bases In Japan: Aegis, THAAD Can Stop Em

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WASHINGTON: A Chinese surprise attack tomorrow could annihilate US forces and bases in Japan, two Navy officers found. But deploying more missile defenses — Army THAAD and Navy Aegis — would protect most targets north of Okinawa, Commanders Thomas Shugart and Javier Gonzalez found in simulations. Such a stronger defense, in turn, would reduce the… Keep reading →

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Artificial Stupidity: When Artificial Intelligence + Human = Disaster

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APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY: Futurists worry about artificial intelligence becoming too intelligent for humanity’s good. Here and now, however, artificial intelligence can be dangerously dumb. When complacent humans become over-reliant on dumb AI, people can die. The lethal track record goes from the Tesla Autopilot crash last year, to the Air France 447 disaster that killed 228… Keep reading →

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War Without Fear: DepSecDef Work On How AI Changes Conflict

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APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY: “Brothers and sisters, my name is Bob Work, and I have sinned,” the Deputy Secretary of Defense said to laughter. There’s widespread agreement in the military that artificial intelligence, robotics, and human-machine teaming will change the way that war is waged, Work told an AI conference here Thursday, “but I am starting… Keep reading →

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