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 targets.” Source: This robot will pepper spray targets

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01 Dec 2017

The Army has a more optimistic view of AI than Elon Musk

“Despite how often artificial intelligence and machine learning are discussed within the context of the future of war, the field has its limits.” Source: The Army has a more optimistic view of AI than Elon Musk

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29 Nov 2017

A Breakthrough in Soft Robot Muscles, Funded by the Military

“Back-flipping robots made of metal and other hard materials may be a big hit on YouTube, but future military robots may need appendages that are far softer, stronger and flexible — more like natural muscle tissue.” Source: A Breakthrough in Soft Robot Muscles, Funded by the Military – Defense One

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29 Nov 2017

China racing for AI military superiority over US, says report

“China, no longer technologically inferior to America, has become a peer that may have the capability to overtake it, American think tank study warns” Source: China racing for AI military superiority over US, says report | South China Morning Post

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28 Nov 2017

How the Pentagon is preparing for the coming drone wars

“More than a decade after the improvised explosive device became the scourge of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon is battling another relatively rudimentary device that threatens to wreak havoc on American troops: the drone.” Source: How the Pentagon is preparing for the coming drone wars | U.S. Military | pilotonline.com

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27 Nov 2017

Russia to the United Nations: Don’t Try to Stop Us From Building Killer Robots

“Arms control advocates had reason for hope when scores of countries met at the United Nations in Geneva last week to discuss the future of lethal autonomous weapons systems, or LAWS. Unlike previous meetings, this one involved a Group of Governmental Experts, a big bump in diplomatic formality and consequence, and those experts had a mandate to better define lethal autonomy in weapons. But hopes for even a small first step toward restricting ‘killer robots’ were dashed as the meeting unfolded. Russia announced that it would adhere to no international ban, moratorium or regulation on such weapons. Complicating the issue, the meeting was run in a way that made any meaningful progress toward defining (and thus eventually regulating) LAWS nearly impossible. Multiple attendees pointed out that that played directly toward Russia’s interests.” Source: Russia to the United Nations: Don’t Try to Stop Us From Building Killer Robots – Defense One

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10 Nov 2017

Morocco launches its first spy satellite

“Morocco has launched its first observation satellite, which will be used for military activities, surveillance of its borders and coastline, and monitoring desertification in the region.” Source: Morocco launches its first spy satellite

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09 Nov 2017

DHS Mulling Blockchain at the Border

“The Homeland Security Department is investigating ways the decentralized ledger system used to track transactions that use bitcoin and other virtual currencies could be used at the nation’s borders.” Source: DHS Mulling Blockchain at the Border – Nextgov.com

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