14 Aug 2018

Russia wants universities to design robots for war

Russia is working to increase capacity of robotics building and design, including for military purposes, at Russian universities. These programs have included institutes, coordinated federal education standards, training centers, student competitions, and more. These large investments will help ensure Russian positioning near the forefront of robot and artificial intelligence integration

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23 Jul 2018

Here’s How the Russian Military Is Organizing to Develop AI

The Russian Ministry of Defense released a 10-point plan for the development of A.I. in the country and has moved forward with efforts to increase public-private coordination and research on the front in order to help close the gap between itself, the U.S., and China. The titles of all 10

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19 Jul 2018

Lethal Autonomous Weapons: Over 160 A.I. companies make pledge against development of the technology

More than 160 companies in the Artificial Intelligence sector signed a pledge not to develop deadly autonomous weapons. The short document declares “the decision to take a human life should never be delegated to a machine,” and that “lethal autonomous weapons, selecting and engaging targets without human intervention, would be

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19 Jul 2018

Pentagon’s first broad A.I. strategy to be published “within weeks”

An upcoming publication allegedly set for release in a number of weeks will be the Department of Defense’s first on its long-term strategic plans for the development and expansion of Artificial Technology. While specifics of the publication have not been released, the Pentagon has already developed and invested in a

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16 Jul 2018

China, Russia, and the US Are All Building Centers for Military AI

“Russia and the United States are moving closer to opening their own centers for military-related research into artificial intelligence, as China did in the spring of last year. But the three governments have differing approaches. The U.S. Joint Artificial Intelligence Center aims to apply lessons from an Air Force pilot

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13 Jul 2018

U.S. Needs a National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, Lawmakers and Experts Say

“Policymakers and technology experts said without a broad national strategy for driving artificial intelligence forward, the U.S. risks letting global competitors direct the growth of the budding industry. The Trump administration has taken a largely hands-off approach in regards to AI, arguing it’s still too early for the government to

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02 Jul 2018

International Space Station Welcomes Robot Crew Member

The International Space Station is now equipped with a robot programmed to serve astronauts. The Crew Interactive Mbile Companion (CIMON) was developed by IBM and Airbus, and is designed as a floating computer that can take orders from crew members, display requested information, while creating “a feeling of talking to

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02 Jul 2018

IRS Wants Artificial Intelligence To Guard Taxpayer Data

The IRS published a request for information on combining machine learning with cyber security programs to build a data protection system that is “more than just a threat intelligence platform” and that “automatically and continuously learns the environment.” The agency has had ongoing cyber security problems, with a recent report

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29 Jun 2018

Technological entanglement

An interesting paper from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute looking at issues of entanglement and dual-use technologies.

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28 Jun 2018

Google’s Withdrawal from Pentagon AI Project Risks U.S. Lives, Says former Deputy Defense Secretary

“Google’s decision to withdraw from some Pentagon business following an internal revolt is creating a moral hazard for itself and its employees, former Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said.” At the Defense One Tech Summit this week, Work argued that the company should also consider the ability of A.I. to

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