U.S. Military Seeks A.I. “Quarterback” to Call Plays for The Internet of Battlefield Things

U.S. Military Seeks A.I. “Quarterback” to Call Plays for The Internet of Battlefield Things By Nicholas West Similar to its civilian counterpart, The Internet of Things, the military has been trying to increase the integration between physical objects, data collection, data analysis and autonomous decision making into The Internet of Battlefield Things. Several years ago, the Army issued a solicitation that summarized what they were seeking: The ability of the Army to understand, predict, adapt, and exploit the vast array of internetworked things that will be present of the future…

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ROBORDER: EU and U.S. Testing Drone Swarms to Handle “Illegal Border Activity”

ROBORDER: EU and U.S. Testing Drone Swarms to Handle “Illegal Border Activity” By Nicholas West Here comes Skynet. Earlier this year in May it was reported by The Intercept that the EU had been working with member states to help roll out a system called ROBORDER that would employ swarms of autonomous drones to patrol air, land and sea for border violations. The specifics were laid out in a mid-term review and progress report which included: Ministries of the Interior and Defence from Portugal, Hungary and Greece are testing manned…

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HARPA: Trump Seeking New Agency to Use A.I. to Screen Mental Health for Gun Ownership?

HARPA: Trump Seeking New Agency to Use A.I. to Screen Mental Health for Gun Ownership? By Nicholas West Most people have heard of DARPA — the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — that is informally known as the mad science division of the Pentagon. Among their many infamous military programs, mind control and artificial intelligence have been of increasing interest.  However, few people have yet heard of HARPA, which, according to reports, has all of the hallmarks to be an even greater threat to human liberty. HARPA — the Health…

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Big Tech, Russia and U.S. Under Fire for A.I. Weapons Programs; Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Coalition Doubles in Size

Big Tech, Russia and U.S. Under Fire for A.I. Weapons Programs; Campaign to Stop Killer Robots Coalition Doubles in Size By Nicholas West Renewed attention over artificial intelligence for use in warfare (“killer robots”) is being brought to the forefront with the recent Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) held this past week in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting coincidentally comes just one day after a Dutch NGO, Pax for Peace, released a report about Big Tech’s involvement with supplying A.I. systems to the military.  Their report, “Don’t be evil?” (PDF),…

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U.S. Army Tries to Calm Residents About Upcoming Wave of Military Drills in North Carolina

U.S. Army Tries to Calm Residents About Upcoming Wave of Military Drills in North Carolina By Nicholas West Nothing calms the public quite like gunfire in heavily populated areas. Nevertheless, the U.S. Army has plans to do just that starting August 30th and continuing to September 12th in 21 select counties in North Carolina. While exact locations are not being released, according to The Charlotte Observer residents in the following counties should not be alarmed by gunfire, flares and helicopter activity that might be witnessed, as seen in the video…

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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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