13 Dec 2017

Japan moves ahead with plans to join U.S.-led project to build space station orbiting moon

“The government on Tuesday approved a plan to join a U.S.-proposed project to build a new space station orbiting the moon, hoping for a chance to send Japanese astronauts to the lunar surface for the first time.” Source: Japan moves ahead with plans to join U.S.-led project to build space

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13 Dec 2017

Poland will piece together its own solution for short-range air defense

“Poland plans to piece together its own solution for short-range air defense using indigenous radars, potentially even developing its own command-and-control capability and incorporating it into a system that will fill its urgent need, according to the secretary of state in Poland’s Ministry of National Defense.” Source: Poland will piece

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12 Dec 2017

How the 2017 Tech Predictions Stacked Up

“Like almost every other columnist and pundit in the world, I like to end the year with a set of predictions about what we can expect in the coming year. And since my area of expertise is technology and government, that’s what I concentrate my predictions on. I base them

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08 Dec 2017

US Strategic Command wants weapons to jam adversary drones

“ELTA North America has been awarded a contract through the Air Force for adaptive anti-drone equipment. Under the undefinitized contract action, not to exceed $39.2 million, ELTA will provide ‘counter-unmanned aerial systems in support of U.S. Strategic Command joint emergent operational needs,’ according to the Department of Defense contract announcement.

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07 Dec 2017

DeepMind AI needs mere 4 hours of self-training to become a chess overlord

“So for those keeping track, DeepMind’s latest AI became a world-class competitor at three separate complex games in less than a day. The team set out to build a ‘more generic version’ of its previous software this time, and it would appear they succeeded.” Source: DeepMind AI needs mere 4

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07 Dec 2017

DoD spent $7.4 billion on big data, AI and the cloud last year. Is that enough?

“Spurred by a desire to overmatch future foes with modern technology, the Defense Department is boosting investment in core tech areas such as artificial intelligence, big data and cloud computing. While spending in those three areas reached more than $7 billion in 2017 – a 32 percent increase over five

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07 Dec 2017

SPAWAR: Artificial intelligence should be the next space race

“The push for artificial intelligence is slowing becoming the new buzz in both the commercial-civilian sector as well as the defense industrial complex.” Source: SPAWAR: Artificial intelligence should be the next space race

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06 Dec 2017

Global biometrics market to reach $7.9 billion

“The global biometrics market will grow to $7.9 billion by 2027, according to a forecast by market consultancy ASDReports. This reflects a compound annual growth rate of 6.37 percent from 2017.” Source: Global biometrics market to reach $7.9 billion

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04 Dec 2017

The next Sputnik: Here’s why US stands to lose technological edge to China

“As defense companies struggle to balance the interests of the military customers with those of shareholders, the Pentagon needs to rethink how it buys or else risk sacrificing its technological edge.” Source: The next Sputnik: Here’s why US stands to lose technological edge to China

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01 Dec 2017

This robot will pepper spray targets

“Israeli firm General Robotics has unveiled its Less-Lethal Weapon module for its DOGO robot. The LLW has a variety of non-lethal capabilities to assist special forces and police using the 22-pound DOGO. These include a remote-controlled pepper spray with a range of 18 feet, and a bright light to daze

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