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EW, Cyber Require Next-Gen Hardware: Conley

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It’s not all about AI and software. You need hardware compact enough — and secure enough — to deploy into a war zone.

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Should We Ban ‘Killer Robots’? Can We?

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The Pentagon insists it doesn’t want them. But could a global ban really rein in Russia or China?

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Genocide Swarms & Assassin Drones: The Case For Banning Lethal AI

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Don’t fear robots who rebel against their human masters. Fear robots that obey the wrong human.

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Fear & Loathing In AI: How The Army Triggered Fears Of Killer Robots

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Why did an obscure Army program inspire headlines about “killer robots”?

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ATLAS: Killer Robot? No. Virtual Crewman? Yes.

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Alarming headlines to the contrary, the US Army isn’t building robotic “killing machines.” What they really want artificial intelligence to do in combat is much more interesting.

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Forget The Terminator: Robotics For Logistics 1st, Combat 2nd

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Don’t think about the Terminator or Iron Man: Think about Sigourney Weaver’s power loader lifting crates in Aliens.

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Skeptics Ask: Can Army Field Armed Robots By 2024?

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What mission does the Army really need armed robots for — expendable scouts, perhaps, or supplementary fire support? And does buying robots for that role really offer more tactical value than spending the same money on mundane upgrades to, say, self-propelled artillery?

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Congress Must Protect Tech From DoD Bureaucracy, And Itself: Experts

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130517-N-YZ751-017 ATLANTIC OCEAN (May 17, 2013) An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator conducts a touch and go landing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), marking the first time any unmanned aircraft has completed a touch and go landing at sea. George H.W. Bush is conducting training operations in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tony D. Curtis/Released)

UPDATED w/ Mahnken interview CAPITOL HILL: The US military is not ready for war against Russia or China, leading experts told the House Armed Services Committee this morning. How can Congress help? Champion new technologies that would otherwise drown in the Pentagon bureaucracy, they said, the way it did with the Predator drone and Tomahawk missile in… Keep reading →

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Tighten Monitoring Of Chinese Investments, Experts Tell HASC

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WASHINGTON:  As China forges ahead trying to grab the head of the technology table by throwing money, policy and people at quantum computing and artificial intelligence, the US should carefully watch what companies China invests in or tries to buy. Those were the conclusions of three of the top China and technology experts in Washington… Keep reading →

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Armed Robots: US Lags Rhetoric, Russia

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AUSA: American military leaders talk how artificial intelligence will change the face of war, but the unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) actually in development are much more modest and less lethal. They’re mostly small, mostly unarmed, and fall short not only of Pentagon visions of future warfare, but of the tank-like machines the Russians are experimenting with today.… Keep reading →

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