23 Jul 2018

Marine Corps wants 15 suicide drones swarming from the hands of one front-line Marine

As part of plans to increase lethality of front line troops and their independence from traditional air and artillery support, the Marine Corps is looking into equipping a single marine with a swarm of drones carrying a range of payloads. The drones would be equipped with a variety of capabilities,

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20 Jul 2018

Californian high-tech company partners with China to build a hyperloop transportation system

HyperloopTT, high-tech transportation company in California, has announced a partnership with a remote Chinese city to build a 6 mile length of hyperloop, a vacuum-sealed tunnel in which travelers are propelled inside capsules. Such partnerships and deals are unlikely to receive warm welcome from the U.S. Government at the current

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19 Jul 2018

Microsoft wants the government to regulate facial recognition technology

Microsoft’s President compared facial recognition technology to the auto, air safety, food, and pharmaceutical industries as he called for a governmental role in regulating its use in everyday life. Regulation is necessary, he argues, for industries where companies have incentives to forego safety mechanisms if it wins them a competitive

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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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18 Jul 2018

The Pentagon wants to bring mind-controlled tech to troops

The Pentagon’s Next-Generation Non-Surgical Neurotechnology (N3) program is working to “design, build, demonstrate, and validate a nonsurgical neural interface system to broaden the applicability of neural interfaces to the able-bodied warfighter, according to its research announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities website. These “neural interfaces” would connect troops to military

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18 Jul 2018

Communist-run Cuba starts rolling out internet on mobile phones

Cuba has expanded internet access to a small number of mobile users ahead of a planned nationwide rollout by the end of the year, another step forward for the country’s slow efforts to open up. Cuba’s Communist government has a monopoly over telecoms and media, but analysts predict that this

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17 Jul 2018

Could quantum computers render current bitcoin and most blockchain cryptography powerless?

Bitcoin ledgers are protected by puzzles that are currently too complex for modern computers to solve without access to the private key of each one. A revolution in quantum computing, however, could make it possible for quantum computers to solve these puzzles and steal bitcoin. In order to secure bitcoin

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17 Jul 2018

This new hand-held counter-drone weapon can take down advanced drone communicators

Most anti-drone weapons and tools work by disrupting the communications between the drone and its pilot. This has previously required significant amounts of energy and the risk of disrupting friendly communications. One recent piece of technology, however, reduces the impact of some of these difficulties through a line-of-sight solution. This

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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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