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Nov 29, 2023

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt: AI guardrails “aren’t enough”

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Guardrails AI companies add to their products to prevent them from causing harm “aren’t enough” to control AI capabilities that could endanger humanity within five to ten years, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt told Axios’ Mike Allen on Tuesday.

The big picture: Interviewed at Axios’ AI+ Summit in Washington, D.C., Schmidt compared the development of AI to the introduction of nuclear weapons at the end of the Second World War.

Nov 28, 2023

Hyperwar Ascendant: The Global Race For Autonomous Military Supremacy

Posted by in categories: drones, military, robotics/AI

In my 2015 exploration with General John R. Allen on the concept of Hyperwar, we recognized the potential of artificial intelligence to unalterably change the field of battle. Chief among the examples of autonomous systems were drone swarms, which are both a significant threat and a critical military capability. Today, Hyperwar seems to be the operative paradigm accepted by militaries the world over as a de facto reality. Indeed, the observe-orient-decide-act (OODA) loop is collapsing. Greater autonomy is being imbued in all manner of weapon systems and sensors. Work is ongoing to develop systems that further decrease reaction times and increase the mass of autonomous systems employed in conflict. This trend is highlighted potently by the U.S. Replicator initiative and China’s swift advancements in automated manufacturing and missile technologies.

The U.S. Replicator Initiative: A Commitment to Autonomous Warfare?

The Pentagon’s “Replicator” initiative is a strategic move to counter adversaries like China by rapidly producing “attritable autonomous systems” across multiple domains. Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks emphasized the need for platforms that are “small, smart, cheap, and many,” planning to produce thousands of such systems within 18 to 24 months. The Department of Defense, under this initiative, is developing smaller, more intelligent, and cost-effective platforms, a move that aligns with the creation of a Hyperwar environment.

Nov 27, 2023

World’s largest AI robot to reduce aircraft inspection costs

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Norse Atlantic Airways is teaming up with Avinxt to use their giant robot fueled by green tech and artificial intelligence to perform functions like de-icing, washing, and even giving the engines a good scrub.

The bonus? Regular exterior washing doesn’t just keep the planes looking sharp but cuts down on air resistance, saving up to two percent on fuel burn.

Avinxt will start building the robot in 2024, and will be able to handle big passenger planes, smaller private planes, and even military aircraft, announced Norse in a press release.

Nov 27, 2023

Survey Finds Half of Tech Workers Think AI Is a Bunch of Hype

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, business, military, robotics/AI

As boosters say AI is primed to conquer entire sectors, from military to medicine, a significant portion of the tech world is surprisingly unconvinced by its utility, according to a new survey from software development business Retool.

In the survey of 1,500 people working in tech, Retool found that a startling 51.6 percent of people think AI is overrated, while 25.1 percent think it’s underrated, and another 23.4 percent think it’s fairly rated. The people surveyed include executives, software engineers, designers, and other positions in different industries.

Particularly striking was that workers in executive roles had a more favorable view of AI while people in the technical side “skewed a little more toward overrated” — perhaps not a surprise, since many business leaders have been crowing about the potential cost savings of AI and how it could generate more revenue.

Nov 26, 2023

Weaponizing Brain Science: Neuroweapons — Part 2 of 2

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, military, neuroscience, science

The second installment of this two-part podcast continues the conversation with Dr. Giordano on the implications of weaponizing brain science. In an article he wrote for HDIAC in 2016 titled ‘Battlescape Brain’, Dr. Giordano hinted at the possibility of a neuroweapons arms race that could follow from international surveillance. Dr. Giordano provides an updated look at these concerns in the context of today’s environment. He concludes by describing ethical frameworks that could regulate future policies for biotechnology as the world moves forward in this dynamic area.

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Nov 25, 2023

Pentagon steps on AI accelerator as age of lethal autonomy looms

Posted by in categories: drones, military, robotics/AI, space, surveillance

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (AP) — Artificial intelligence employed by the U.S. military has piloted pint-sized surveillance drones in special operations forces’ missions and helped Ukraine in its war against Russia. It tracks soldiers’ fitness, predicts when Air Force planes need maintenance and helps keep tabs on rivals in space.

Now, the Pentagon is intent on fielding multiple thousands of relatively inexpensive, expendable AI-enabled autonomous vehicles by 2026 to keep pace with China. The ambitious initiative — dubbed Replicator — seeks to “galvanize progress in the too-slow shift of U.S. military innovation to leverage platforms that are small, smart, cheap, and many,” Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks said in August.

While its funding is uncertain and details vague, Replicator is expected to accelerate hard decisions on what AI tech is mature and trustworthy enough to deploy — including on weaponized systems.

Nov 25, 2023

The Hydraulic Telegraph Of Aeneas: A Telecommunication Used In Ancient Greece

Posted by in categories: military, mobile phones

Telecommunication goes back a lot further than you might expect. While the word has become synonymous with television broadcasting and phone communication, it really describes any communication system over a distance, and could include smoke signals. These simple signals were used to convey messages from “the enemy is approaching” to the fact that a whale has beached itself and can be butchered for meat.

While some ancient cultures varied smoke colors to convey further information, there’s only so much you can get across with a big fire. One particularly cool ancient version of telecommunication, which aimed to convey more precise meanings, was the hydraulic telegraph, used in Ancient Greece in around 350 BCE.

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Nov 25, 2023

A growing number of tech execs think AI is giving Big Tech ‘inordinate’ power

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Tech execs have voiced concern that the development of artificial intelligence is concentrated in the hands of too few companies, potentially giving them too much power. OpenAI’s ChatGPT marked the start of what many in the industry have called an AI arms race, as tech giants including Microsoft and…

ChatGPT marked the start of what many in the industry have called an AI arms race, as tech giants have sought to launch AI models.

Nov 24, 2023

When will AI be flying a plane full of passengers?

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Get ready for an age when there is only one pilot in the cockpit. Because soon, there will be none.


The year began with the news of an AI system flying a F-16 fighter jet for over 17 hours. That a computer system can fly a tactical aircraft without any human intervention speaks volumes about how far the technology has come today.

Nov 24, 2023

Gravity Industries unveils Predator-style shoulder guns for jetpack

Posted by in categories: innovation, military

Gravity Industries founder Richard Browning has released an interesting video on TikTok showing off a new gun harness for the company’s innovative Daedalus jetpack.

In the video, the pilot, presumably Browning, can be seen aiming a pair of pistols using head-tracking technology and firing them remotely using a trigger. Possibly inspired by the shoulder cannon from the Predator franchise, the shoulder-mounted guns are designed to help protect the pilot during kinetic engagements.

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