News 24 – A rusty gun believed to have been used by the Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh to kill himself was sold for $182 000 at a Paris auction on Wednesday – nearly three times the estimate. A private collector bought the gun, billed as the “the most famous weapon in the history of art”, with a telephone bid, Art Auction told AFP. | go to source
Military.com – The head of U.S. Army acquisitions said Thursday that allowing artificial intelligence to control some weapons systems may be the only way to defeat enemy weapons. U.S. military has embraced AI, arguing that America cannot compete against potential adversaries such as Russia and China without the futuristic technology. Concern over placing machines in charge of deadly weapons has prompted military officials to adopt a conservative approach to AI, one that involves a human in the decision-making process for the use of deadly force. | go to source
The Pentagon doesn’t have enough money for the AIs it already has. It needs a gazillion more dollars to create a massive AI for homeland security, for the military, but, to like only predict natural disasters, not human-mob-type ones or anything. I mean, it’s not like we’re designing autonomous weapons systems this AI could control or anything.
I laugh, but inside, I pee, a little. I welcome my robot overlords.
From Military.com – Officials on Tuesday unveiled the Trump administration’s new effort to streamline the use and development of AI for homeland security, as well as military operations abroad. But the report, titled, “Department Of Defense Artificial Intelligence Strategy: Harnessing AI To Advance Our Security And Prosperity,” also pinpointed applications in which smart algorithms could address “global challenges of significant societal importance, such as operationalizing AI for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief for wildfires, hurricanes and earthquakes.” | go to source
The title for the story I am highlighting here is “People Shocked To Learn Guns Sold On Dark Web ” The writer of that headline is Tom Knighton of Bearing Arms
He highlights an excerpt from an article in Futurism which read, in part, “It may not be a shock that the dark web, the online networks that aren’t readily accessible to the public, is a hotbed of illegal gun sales. What is surprising is that almost all of the guns up for sale are available to buy legally in the U.S., according to research published last month in the journal Deviant.” | go to source
On June 22 (of last year), China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), China’s foremost military electronics company, announced that its groundbreaking quantum radar has achieved new gains, which could allow it to detect stealth planes. The CETC claims its system is now capable of tracking high altitude objects, likely by increasing the coherence time entangled photons. CETC envisions that its quantum radar will be used in the stratosphere to track objects in “the upper atmosphere and beyond” (including space). – Popular Science | go to source
The US Army released a statement by one of their brass pr guys. He wants to assure us that the AI they’re paying Microsoft to build won’t be killing anyone. I mean, it’s not like we COULDN’T use it for killings, but seriously, we’re just like defensive and stuff. Here’s what he said, in part”
Army Refutes Microsoft Employees’ Charge that New Awareness Tool is for Killing
The under secretary of the Army on Tuesday refuted criticisms that its newest, high-tech situational awareness tool — made by Microsoft — “is designed to kill people.”…..”I always like to do this,” he said, describing the glasses as the soldier’s sights. “It looks like a pair of glasses, and you can put an interface in there with thermal, day, night [capabilities] and then, if you have a system where you can pipe synthetic training in, you could wear this same piece of equipment into combat, and you could train with it at home, and you could also collect data.” – Military.com | go to source