DARPA wants to genetically engineer smart plants to act as surveillance devices

DARPA wants to genetically engineer smart plants to act as surveillance devices

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Noone would suspect a plant of watching or surveilling them, but thanks to DARPA that’s all about to change.   This week Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, the bleeding US research arm of the US Department of Defense, announced it’s working on a new...

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DARPA invests hard cash to bring telepathy to the masses

DARPA invests hard cash to bring telepathy to the masses

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we discover more about how the brain works, organisations around the world are starting to push the boundaries of communication and create new technologies that let humans communicate with each other, and machines, telepathically.   Following on from their recent announcement to spend $50...

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Lockheed will build America’s next generation of autonomous submarines

Lockheed will build America’s next generation of autonomous submarines

WHY THIS MATTERS It is inevitable that more of the world’s military platforms will become autonomous, and America’s submarines are about to get a huge upgrade.   As part of its plan to turn undersea drones from remote controlled tools and toys into fully enrolled members of the fleet, last...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Self-evolving killer robots are almost here, and experts want a debate

Self-evolving killer robots are almost here, and experts want a debate

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Few realise just how fast we’re approaching the tipping point for autonomous warfare, but in a time when we can’t control, or even predict the evolution of AI and “Smart” systems the time for debate, arguably, was ten years ago.   As it increasingly looks...

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Machine gun equipped drones get ready for battle, autonomy next?

Machine gun equipped drones get ready for battle, autonomy next?

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race to automate war, and arm drone platforms, is accelerating almost unchecked and whether or not it’s a good thing depends on your point of view   America has some 300 million guns in circulation, and, we all know how much some most people...

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Skynet booted as Pentagon straps “Mayhem” autonomous AI into critical systems

Skynet booted as Pentagon straps “Mayhem” autonomous AI into critical systems

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It is inevitable that the AI will play an increasingly important, automatic and autonomous, role in defending a country’s critical infrastructure and systems and this is the Pentagon’s first step, but as some will say, “First step to what…!?”   After seeing the raw power,...

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Mine hunting drones can now detect mines from the air

Mine hunting drones can now detect mines from the air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to detect explosives and mines from the air is a game changer that will help save lives and this is just the first in a long line of new developments   A little while ago I wrote an article about an MQ-9 Reaper...

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Boeing teams up with America’s biggest ship builder to build autonomous subs

Boeing teams up with America’s biggest ship builder to build autonomous subs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of warfare is autonomous, but undersea, autonomous drones and submarines have a lot of civilian capabilities too   A year after DARPA launched its own fully autonomous mine hunter and a few months after they announced they plan on building  American undersea drone...

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DARPA splurges $50million to help spies upload information to their brains ‘Matrix’ style

DARPA splurges $50million to help spies upload information to their brains ‘Matrix’ style

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF You think that it’s inevitable that the machines will come for your job, but as we get closer to being able to upload knowledge to our brains “Matrix” style, the tables could be about to turn.   Being a spy, or a solider for that...

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US General: ‘Swarms of autonomous Hunter-Killer drones will lead Marines into battle’

US General: ‘Swarms of autonomous Hunter-Killer drones will lead Marines into battle’

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The automation of war, and warfare, is accelerating as countries race to embrace new AI powered autonomous platforms   The US Marines, who recently announced they want their own fully autonomous F-35’s are getting their “Low Cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Swarming Technology” platform, also known...

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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...

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The US Army just 3D printed a grenade launcher and grenades

The US Army just 3D printed a grenade launcher and grenades

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF 3D printing will let armies print bespoke weapons and equipment out in the field on demand and change military supply chains, and warfare forever   3D printing has come a long way, companies are using it to print new buildings and sneakers, doctors are using...

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US Army to develop artificial human skin and powdered blood

US Army to develop artificial human skin and powdered blood

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Blood has to be stored carefully, and skin is in short supply but new developments would mean they’re available anywhere, anytime   Researchers, doctors and bio-technicians at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research are working on new, more efficient ways to administer blood to...

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DARPA’s TERN drone gives US Marines a new wingman

DARPA’s TERN drone gives US Marines a new wingman

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Most of today’s drones are limited by the distances they can fly and the payloads they can carry, now the US wants an eye in the sky that can help protect, and resupply troops wherever they are   Terns are a family of shorebirds that...

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New US military intercept tech lets operators take control of enemy drones

New US military intercept tech lets operators take control of enemy drones

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new technology breakthrough from Department 13 will help the US military take control of enemy drones and turn them against their operators   So, the friend of my enemy is my friend? In the past it was enough for governments to want to just...

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DARPA’s new P3 program aims to stop all pandemics dead within 60 days

DARPA’s new P3 program aims to stop all pandemics dead within 60 days

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The increasing threat from bio-terrorism, and the resurgence of new global pandemics such as Ebola, have shown how out dated today’s state of the art vaccine procedures are, DARPA’s new P3 program aims to re-dress the balance   Over the past several years DARPA funded...

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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...

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