US Air Force announces plans to update fighter jet software in mid flight

US Air Force announces plans to update fighter jet software in mid flight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Updating any software over the air is difficult, but when it’s a $175 million lethal weapons system, and in the age of autonomous AI’s, the stakes and rewards are much much higher.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof...

Read more
Air Force One to go hypersonic after USAF signs contract with US engine maker

Air Force One to go hypersonic after USAF signs contract with US engine maker

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you were the President of the United States you wouldn’t want to have to waste time commuting, which is why a hypersonic Air Force One is now in the making.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our FREE XPotential Community, enjoy exclusive content, future proof yourself...

Read more
AI fighter pilot obliterates human USAF pilot in simulated dogfights

AI fighter pilot obliterates human USAF pilot in simulated dogfights

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI’s learn in fundamentally different ways to humans, and increasingly that seems to be their advantage in human-machine competitions.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from our XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Who’s better in a dog fight...

Read more
USAF ramps up AI drone wingman concept, preps for 2023 launch

USAF ramps up AI drone wingman concept, preps for 2023 launch

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of warfare will increasingly be autonomous and AI driven, and SkyBorg is another step on the road to realising that future.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. When it comes to developing future weapons the US...

Read more
USAF topguns will fight against AI drones in 2021 as era of autonomous warfare nears

USAF topguns will fight against AI drones in 2021 as era of autonomous warfare nears

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of air combat will increasingly fought by autonomous systems, not human pilots, and the race to create those systems has already begun.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. I’ve been talking about the rise of fully...

Read more
The USAF deploys it’s first microwave drone killing weapon

The USAF deploys it’s first microwave drone killing weapon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Drones have been around for decades, but new technologies have accelerated their development and adoption, and as they’re weaponsised we need new ways to take them down.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Recently a black hat hacker...

Read more
USAF announces development of a new Mach 5 hypersonic missile

USAF announces development of a new Mach 5 hypersonic missile

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The new global arms race involves weaponising AI and robots, lasers, telepathy, and hypersonic weapons.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The future of warfare could, or will, be filled with autonomous hunter killer drones, flying aircraft carriers,...

Read more
US military report recommends giving AI autonomous authority to launch nuclear weapons

US military report recommends giving AI autonomous authority to launch nuclear weapons

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more countries start fielding hypersonic weapons, the gap between launch and strike narrows significantly, and so striking back automatically gets more appealing.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Science fiction films are riddled with “AI’s and robots...

Read more
Pentagon demands satellites that can dodge incoming fire like an NBA all star

Pentagon demands satellites that can dodge incoming fire like an NBA all star

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Once satellites are in orbit they stay there, in the same position until they run out of fuel, then they fall back to Earth, but as the militarisation of space hots up satellites need to be able to move.   In the event of a...

Read more
US Pentagon surrenders and admits it can no longer keep pace with cyber attacks

US Pentagon surrenders and admits it can no longer keep pace with cyber attacks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the volume and variety of global cyber attacks increase exponentially this is a wake up call that we need a new way to defend ourselves.   The US military’s cybersecurity capabilities aren’t advancing fast enough to stay ahead of the “onslaught of multipronged” attacks...

Read more
After four year wait Cape Canaveral gets its license to launch commercial space planes

After four year wait Cape Canaveral gets its license to launch commercial space planes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In the past you would need a rocket to get into space, but today there are more planes taking on that role, and Cape Canaveral wants to dominate the future of commercial space flight.   As the race for space heats up, Cape Canaveral is...

Read more
Pentagon seriously considers using rockets to move soldiers and equipment around the globe

Pentagon seriously considers using rockets to move soldiers and equipment around the globe

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the cost of access to space continues to fall it opens up new possibilities for a wide range of industries, the us military included.   Today the US already uses its unmatched fleet of cargo planes to project its influence and move its forces...

Read more
Scientists jumped out of a plane to create a new wonder material

Scientists jumped out of a plane to create a new wonder material

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everything is made from some form of material, whether it be organic or inorganic, which means the right breakthroughs can change industries forever.   Most people don’t care about materials – even self-healing materials, or state of the art programmable materials, or materials that will...

Read more
Neural implants let military pilots control three jets at once with their minds

Neural implants let military pilots control three jets at once with their minds

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of warfare is digital and telepathic, and both types of warfare are now starting to enter the mainstream.   Asides from the fact we are increasingly entering the world where brains meets brawn, literally, and where, future cyber warriors will telepathically roam the...

Read more
Mysterious hypersonic SR-72 demonstrator spotted in California

Mysterious hypersonic SR-72 demonstrator spotted in California

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Hypersonic platforms, from autonomous aircraft to “carrier killers” and missiles, so it’s inevitable that over the next five or so years sightings are going to increase   Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Program (ADP), better known as “Skunk Works,” might be further along in the development...

Read more
The F-35 could be the first US aircraft to be outfitted with laser weapons

The F-35 could be the first US aircraft to be outfitted with laser weapons

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Laser weapons were once relegated to science fiction movies but soon they’ll come of age.   A press briefing in the Netherlands earlier this week for the F-35 has restarted the rumour mill that the F-35 will be one of the first US military platforms...

Read more
NASA’s new ion thruster smashes all the records

NASA’s new ion thruster smashes all the records

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Chemical rockets are big, bulky and expensive, and once they run out of fuel they’re useless, Ion thrusters operate without fuel and could help propel humanity beyond our solar system.   A thruster that’s being developed for a future NASA mission to Mars broke several records during...

Read more
Lockheed shoots drones out of the sky with it’s newest laser weapon

Lockheed shoots drones out of the sky with it’s newest laser weapon

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Laser weapons are coming of age and it won’t be long before they’re deployed on the battlefield, and that’s bad news for drones and drone fans   Remember when you were growing up and every sci fi film you watched, from James Bond to Star...

Read more
The USAF turned an F-16 fighter jet into the world’s most advanced drone

The USAF turned an F-16 fighter jet into the world’s most advanced drone

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Militaries around the world are weaponising AI and drones to create semi, or fully, autonomous weapons platforms and the pace of development is accelerating.   Earlier this week the US Air Force (USAF) announced that it has managed to turn  an F-16 fighter jet into...

Read more
F-35 pilots will team with AI to control swarms of drones in mid flight

F-35 pilots will team with AI to control swarms of drones in mid flight

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Teams of humans, AI’s and drones take center stage in the future of warfare, until that is AI’s replace humans.   In the wake of a recent announcement that the US will stand up it’s first fully autonomous drone squadron later this year earlier this...

Read more