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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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Army Moves Out On Lasers, Hypersonics: Lt. Gen. Thurgood

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“You want to kill a swarm of things — whatever that thing is — lasers are not really a swarm-killing tool. They can kill things fast, but they can’t kill a swarm of things fast enough.”

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

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


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

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Small Jets For Big Swarms: Kratos Buys Turbine Tech Company

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“These are engines that would fit on your tabletop,” said Kratos exec Stacey Rock. “We don’t want hundreds of ‘em, we want thousands [of drones] to overwhelm the threat.”

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US Army Pursues Israeli Robots

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TARDEC, soon to be part of the new Army Futures Command, is exploring a wide range of Israeli robots. But IAI is already looking into the next generation: “flocks” or swarms of robotic systems that communicate with each other and collaborate to accomplish their mission.

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Special Ops Command To Hold Flyoff Of Tiny Drones

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Using lessons from places like Niger, commandos are looking for drones to carry blood to injured troops, as well as small systems that can fly indoors, through tunnels, swarm, and operate when being jammed.

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USAF Wants Drone Swarms, AI To Buy Space

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The Air Force wants more AI, cloud computing, autonomous drone swarms and thousands of tiny satellites. But most of these projects are only now getting off the ground at the Pentagon, making the service’s new “Flight Path” a little cloudy.

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Best Of 2016: Rise Of The Robots

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


How does war change when your weapons can think? Do you trust a computer to decide when and whom to kill? Questions once asked only in science fiction are now becoming matters for policymakers. All four armed services are experimenting with artificial intelligence in every domain: land, sea, air, outer space, cyberspace, and the all-pervasive… Keep reading →

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Swarm 2: The Navy’s Robotic Hive Mind

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Robot boats are getting smarter fast. Two years ago, on the James River, the Office of Naval Research dropped jaws with a “swarm” of 13 unmanned craft that could detect threats and react to them without human intervention. This fall, on the Chesapeake Bay, ONR tested ro-boats with dramatically upgraded software. The Navy called this… Keep reading →

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Artificial Intelligence Drone Defeats Fighter Pilot: The Future?

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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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