Israel's Self-Flying 'Cormorant' Whisks Soldiers to Safety


Five men in white overalls lifted the stretcher off the ground, one of them taking care to lay a clear plastic IV bag that's connected to the patient onto his stomach. They marched him toward what looks like a black inflatable dinghy on small wheels, crossed with a fly. The stretcher was loaded in through a hatch on the side, and then the men stood back. The patient was actually a medical training mannequin, but that didn't stop him (it, rather) from taking part in the first "mission representative" demonstration of a new aircraft. That bean-shaped thing is called the Cormorant, and it was built by Israel-based Tactical Robotics to make battlefield evacuations--which today rely on helicopters--quicker and safer, thanks to a new design and the fact that there's no human pilot involved.

Marines' new Switchblade drones will unleash lethal mini missiles

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Marines will soon be even more deadly - and safer - with their new extremely lethal Switchblades. When you think of a switchblade, you think of a smallish knife that fits in a pocket, right? Marines will soon have in their hands entirely different breed of Switchblades – these are smart, flying little drones loaded with devastating miniature missiles. Tiny, fast and very quiet, they are extremely difficult for adversaries to detect or track. Even if an adversary does spot the drone, it doesn't matter.

Army builds robot attack tanks and ground war drones

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File photo - Troopers with the U.S. Army 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division fire the main gun round at a target during unit gunnery practice with newly acquired M1A1-SA Abrams tanks at Fort Stewart, Georgia, U.S. March 29, 2018. Picture taken March 29, 2018. The Army is engineering high-tech autonomy kits designed to give "robot" tanks and other armored combat vehicles an ability to operate with little or no human intervention, bringing new tactical and operational dimensions to the future of ground combat. Unmanned systems, utilized in a fast-evolving, high-threat ground combat operation, could enable robot vehicles to carry supplies, test enemy defenses and even fire weapons – all while manned vehicles operate at a safer distance. "A kit of hardware and software can be installed into different ground platforms to increase the level of autonomy," Osie David, Chief Engineer for Mission Command, Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, told Warrior Maven in an interview.

Chelsea Manning says mass surveillance 'getting worse'

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Mass surveillance by government agencies is increasing, especially in the United States, whistleblower Chelsea Manning told a Montreal audience on Thursday as she called for limits on the development of artificial intelligence. 'Ten years ago, I was working in military intelligence and I could feel the power, and could see how technology is implemented,' Manning, once jailed for leaking classified information, said at the C2 Montreal business conference. Manning said she is stunned now by the'dramatic change in policing style, and aggressive (government) surveillance.' Manning said she is stunned now by the'dramatic change in policing style, and aggressive (government) surveillance It is'getting worse, especially in the United States,' she added. She urged programmers and computer scientists working on artificial intelligence and machine learning'to consider the ethical implications of the technology that they are building and developing.'

India aiming at equipping defence forces with Artificial Intelligence - ET Telecom


NEW DELHI: After Russia, China and US, India has decided to include Artificial Intelligence in its defence forces with an aim to enhance the operational preparedness of the armed forces. Speaking to ANI, Ajay Kumar, Defence Secretary (Production), Ministry of Defence said that a task force has been set up under the chairmanship of Tata Sons chairman N. Chandrasekaran to finalise the specifics and framework of the project. "Artificial Intelligence is going to influence everything in the future, our common lives also including it also going to affect the future warfare. Most of the major countries in the world are taking steps to ensure that their defence systems are fully empowered by the use of Artificial Intelligence. In India, we have also taken steps in this direction," Kumar said.

The self-flying M*A*S*H air ambulance takes off

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The medevac choppers made famous by M*A*S*H are set for a radical upgrade. An Israeli firm has carried out the first simulated mission using a self flying helicopter designed to fly casualties off the battlefield. The mission, for the Israel Defence Forces, saw an'injured' mannequin loaded onto the $14 million Cormorant UAV, and monitored remotely using sensors and a video link during the flight. The Cormorant has enough strength to carry 1,000 pounds per 30 miles, which means it can haul about 13,000 pounds in a full day. The craft flies itself using an array of laser altimeters, radars and sensors, and it is capable of reaching speeds of 100 knots (115 mph) and operate at altitudes of up to 18,000 feet.

UK launches new artificial intelligence lab at Dstl - Army Technology


UK Defence Minister Gavin Williamson meets members of the US-UK Defence Innovation Board. UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has launched the new artificial intelligence (AI) hub at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in Porton Down, Salisbury. Williamson said: "The relationship we have with our US partners is indispensable to both our nations. In the face of evolving global threats, we must harness new technologies and approaches to stay ahead of our adversaries and keep us safe. "Today's meeting of military and scientific minds from both sides of the Atlantic encourages our best and brightest to develop new capabilities in everything from AI and autonomous vehicles to advanced cyber and robotics."

AI will change stock-market trading, but it can't wipe out the human touch


If someone were to provide you with an oracle to tell you the future, where would you use it first? A common answer is to predict moves in the stock market. The new revolution in artificial intelligence promises to hand everyone an oracle, whether for investing or another decision. No wonder that Wall Street is moving quickly to embrace AI and competing heavily for machine-learning talent that can produce the new oracles: There recently were 831 listings on LinkedIn for jobs at Goldman Sachs alone that required sophisticated computer-programming or data science skills. But just as Tesla's TSLA, 1.48% Elon Musk recently claimed that the use of robots in auto assembly had gone too far and that humans needed to be brought back, the same is likely true for AI on Wall Street and its disappearing trading jobs.

Military brainboxes ponder 'UK needs you' list of AI boffins


Rise of the Machines The Ministry of Defence wants to compile a list of AI boffins with UK security clearance that can be hired to help build Britain's inevitable robotic military future. The ministry's latest publication on artificial intelligence and the armed forces, titled Human-Machine Teaming sets out its vision for what the Rise of the Machines could look like in practice. While it ruled out weaponised AI, if only because of perceived problems with agreeing "a common definition" for lethal autonomous weapon systems*, the "concept note" did set out the MoD's view of how Britain is falling behind in the race to militarise self-thinking robots. "The impact is a shift in the relative rates of innovation from defence to commercial firms with the best systems already, and remaining, in the civilian sector. Military access to the best technologies will become a challenge, except in national crisis situations," wailed the note's authors, who hail from the MoD's Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre at Shrivenham, the Wiltshire location where the armed forces' future strategic thinkers are hothoused.

DARPA Challenge will send robots to new frontier: Underground


The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), which wrapped up in 2015, pitted teams of engineers in a competition to send humanoid robots through an obstacle course emulating a disaster scenario. Now, in Jules Verne fashion, the Department of Defense's most outlandish R&D grant-funding agency is soliciting competitors for a new test. Announced late last year, DARPA's Subterranean Challenge, new details of which are beginning to emerge, will send robots underground to navigate and map subterranean tunnels and caves. "We've reached a crucial point where advances in robotics, autonomy, and even biological systems could permit us to explore and exploit underground environments that are too dangerous for humans," said Fred Kennedy, Director of DARPA's Tactical Technology Office (TTO). Given recent U.S. entanglements, it's easy to see why the program is a priority for the Department of Defense.