U.S. Military Designing A.I. Missiles to Seek and Destroy Targets from 40 Miles Away

U.S. Military Designing A.I. Missiles to Seek and Destroy Targets from 40 Miles Away By Nicholas West Unlike my previous post that took a lighthearted look at the newest Robo-Dog on the market, which has a Doberman head filled with artificial intelligence, the U.S. Army’s newest plans for artificial intelligence aren’t even close to a laughing matter. The U.S. military has long been obsessed with integrating artificial intelligence into weapons of war, and it appears that they are getting closer to the full-scale rollout of these systems. A couple of…

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Man’s Best Friend? A.I. Robo-Dog Gets a Doberman Head

Man’s Best Friend? A.I. Robo-Dog Gets a Doberman Head By Nicholas West While I don’t subscribe to the idea that there are inherently bad breeds of dogs, Hollywood has done its best to create the Doberman as an iconically terrifying animal. Which makes it even stranger that the A.I. Robo-Dog, which already crosses the creepy line for most people, would be topped off by a 3D-printed Doberman head. Apparently, the head of Astro’s version of the Robo-Dog also offers a new type of artificial intelligence neural network designed to learn…

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U.S. Customs Continues to “Modernize” Its System to Include Biometrics For All Passengers

U.S. Customs Continues to “Modernize” Its System to Include Biometrics For All Passengers By Nicholas West One aspect often lost in the immigration debate is the rollout of government solutions that are set to restrict the freedom of the perfectly innocent.  A key component of this is the increased collection of passenger biometrics. As I’ve discussed before, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has a mandate that’s been 15 years in the making to integrate government databases for ID verification. Private companies have been enlisted to ensure that there is a…

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A.I. “RoboCops” Continue Rolling Out Across U.S. Collecting Biometrics and Creating Blacklists

A.I. “RoboCops” Continue Rolling Out Across U.S. Collecting Biometrics and Creating Blacklists By Nicholas West The move toward using robots in law enforcement, private security, and even to scare away the homeless, has been a decade-long trend that is now becoming much more prevalent in everyday life. “RoboCops” have now been launched coast to coast in 16 states. Last year, it was security robots deployed in New York City.  As Aaron Kesel reported: The robots are able to scan anyone walking on the sidewalks, record license plates, use infrared vision,…

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New FBI Document Adds “Fringe” Conspiracy Theories As Next Big Domestic Terror Threat

New FBI Document Adds “Fringe” Conspiracy Theories As Next Big Domestic Terror Threat By Nicholas West It already has been well documented how many government agencies have compiled lists containing Americans who are potential terrorists. Back in 2013 Michael Snyder highlighted 72 types of Americans who made some sort of “potential threat” list and he provided links to all of the documents. As comprehensive as that was, there is a brand new document that has been obtained by Yahoo! News which purports to illustrate a new category that the FBI…

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Top University Artificial Intelligence Experts Warn of “Technical Flaws” In Pre-Crime Police Systems

Top University Artificial Intelligence Experts Warn of “Technical Flaws” In Pre-Crime Police Systems By Nicholas West It is unfortunate that citizens and experts alike are finally waking up to the threat of artificial intelligence being used by law enforcement when the genie is already out of the bottle.  It is especially troubling to see the high-level institutions that have been behind the creation of these systems beginning to warn of potential miscalculations due to rolling out artificial intelligence before it is properly understood. But, as they say, better late than…

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Military Will Use Facial Recognition Goggles to Help Soldiers Identify People Through Weapons Systems

Military Will Use Facial Recognition Goggles to Help Soldiers Identify People Through Weapons Systems By Nicholas West Public resistance in the United States has finally begun to mount against the use of facial recognition systems due to privacy issues as well as documented inaccuracies. Even police departments have begun to dump the use of biometrics, particularly in the area of pre-crime algorithms that also have demonstrated the failures of artificial intelligence to be accurate enough for use in law enforcement. Also Read: Amazon Facial Rekognition Software Trial In Orlando Canceled…

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Next-Generation Global Satellites Could Completely Erase Privacy: MIT

Next-Generation Global Satellites Could Completely Erase Privacy: MIT By Nicholas West The emergence of low-cost micro satellites is a trend that I’ve been covering for several years. It has spawned a global surveillance arms race that has drawn interest from the usual military sources like GEOINT, DARPA and Lockheed Martin, as well as commercial interests such as DigitalGlobe and EarthNow, the latter of which received backing from Bill Gates. The holy grail is, of course, to create a web of surveillance with the capability to access streaming HD video in…

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RoboBee Insect Drone Does Not Need a Power Source to Take Flight for Surveillance

RoboBee Insect Drone Does Not Need a Power Source to Take Flight for Surveillance By Nicholas West For many years we have been discussing the arrival of drones that are designed to mimic nature.  The concept of insect drones, however, dates back much further into the 1970s when a dragonfly drone was created by the CIA. Curiously enough, the dragonfly structure was, at the time, thought to be more efficient than the bumblebee drone they had been working on.  As stated by IEEE Spectrum, In the 1970s the CIA had…

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Scientists Getting Closer to “Smart Dust” Brain Implants That Communicate Via Wireless Network

Scientists Getting Closer to “Smart Dust” Brain Implants That Communicate Via Wireless Network By Nicholas West Neural Dust – “Smart Dust” – previously entered mainstream discussion via the 2016 Independent article: “Tiny implant could connect humans and machines like never before.” It was implied to be a new technology that can wirelessly link a human brain to a computer via the implantation of a device the size of a grain of sand. This invention, however, is much older and was officially supported by the National Nanotechnology Initiative 2011 Strategic Plan.…

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