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China's new powerful military drone image released

Daily Mail

In addition, the alleged drone would be able to avoid radar detection as it could fly at an extremely low altitude above the waters, according to Chinese news website Sina. It's said to be a member of the CH drone series and can fly at a low altitude above the sea The picture, thought to be of China's new military drone, was first posted by a Chinese internet user on Weibo on May 3. According to the report, the alleged drone could carry up to one tonne of aerial torpedoes, and could strike and defend at altitudes as low as one metre (3.2 feet) above the sea. The military channel of Chinese news website Sina said the aircraft is an anti-ship drone that could carry out'lethal strikes' on warships with aerial torpedoes It is also said to be the latest member of China's military drone series, known as Rainbow or CH.


Pentagon to use AI to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria

Daily Mail

It comes as military bosses say the thousands of military and civilian intelligence analysts are'overwhelmed' by the amount of video being recorded over the battlefield by drones with high resolution cameras. A US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle: Military bosses say intelligence analysts are'overwhelmed' by the amount of video being recorded over the battlefield by drones with high resolution cameras. It is working hand in hand with the Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office, a group modify existing weapons and technology to make them more versatile and lethal. The Algorithmic Warfare team is working hand in hand with the Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office, a group modify existing weapons and technology to make them more versatile and lethal.


Video Friday: Friendly Cobot, Drone Swarms, and Robotic Recycling

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. One of the greatest things about DARPA is how they encourage progress through challenges and competitions, and the Service Academies Swarm Challenge Live-Fly Competition gave three U.S. military service academies an enormous pile of quadrotor and fixed-wing drones, some airspace, and games to play: The United States Naval Academy bested West Point and the U.S. Air Force to win. WeRobotics' first Business Incubation program is organized at Nepal Flying Labs in early 2017. Starting with an "Ideation" phase in January, Nepal Flying Labs and our partners motivated young engineers throughout the country to brainstorm on how they can build their own business using drones creating new services.


Revolutionizing global health

MIT News

MIT research scientist Richard Fletcher directs the Mobile Technology Group at MIT D-Lab, which develops a variety of mobile sensors, analytic tools, and diagnostic algorithms to study problems in global health and behavior medicine. Utilizing mobile technologies -- which include smartphones, wearable sensors, and the so-called internet of things -- his group applies these technologies to real-world social problems with global implications. "Having this feedback loop that extends from the early stages of technology development all the way to clinical field studies, is the true marriage of technology and global and public health," Feltcher says. Building on his five-year research experience at the U.S. Air Force Materials Lab, Fletcher worked with Gershenfeld to create unique ID codes embedded within smart materials themselves.


The Warfare May Be Remote But The Trauma Is Real

NPR

A pilot prepares to launch an unmanned aerial vehicle from a ground control station earlier this year. The Air Force is moving to treat psychological stress faced by remote pilots and analysts a little more like the effects of traditional warfare. A pilot prepares to launch an unmanned aerial vehicle from a ground control station earlier this year. The Air Force is moving to treat psychological stress faced by remote pilots and analysts a little more like the effects of traditional warfare.


F-16 As A Drone? US Air Force Testing Autonomous Aerial Strikes Using Fighter Jets

International Business Times

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) recently tested autonomously flying F-16 fighter jets in collaboration with Lockheed Martin. The tests could mark a big leap for military drone technology as these jets could be used in the future for large scale air-to-ground strikes. The goal of the tests was to find out how the UCAV would react to dynamic threats during an air-to-ground strike mission. In the first one, the autonomous F-16 was tested as a part of a formation as Wingman, but in the second round, the self-flying plane was tested to see how it would react to changing threats.


Air Force tests air-to-ground strikes with an autonomous F-16 wingman

Engadget

In a recent test, military contractors used an unmanned system autonomously flying an F-16 combat jet as a wingman to support a human pilot in a separate aircraft. The first exhibition focused on keeping the autonomous F-16 flying in formation as a wingman, while the recent tests pushed the self-flying plane to react to changing threats during an air-to-ground strike mission and calculate new plans on the fly. Tech developed for this recent battery of tests will allow the autonomous system's operators to insert new software components that will improve its flexibility. This is a big step in Loyal Wingman, a program dedicated to building a system to pilot autonomous planes that operate as wingmen to human pilots.


US Air Force General wants to develop invisibility technology to hide military planes

The Independent

The Commander of the US Air Force's Air Mobility Command wants to develop "Star Trek" electronic cloaking technologies to protect military aircraft. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.


The Next Big War Will Turn on AI, Says US Secret-Weapons Czar

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It's to go out, collect data, do data reconnaissance, so that our learning system gets smarter than [the enemy's]," Roper said Tuesday at an Air Force Association event on Tuesday. Sooner rather than later, Roper envisions, American forces will train to go to war with highly networked (and largely disposable) drones and missiles, which would be in constant communication with one another, learning collectively, constantly, and in real time to take out targets and adapt new defensive strategies. Those connections -- between every machine on the battlefield, with humans, with deep learning programs that crunch every available piece of information about enemy defenses -- will result in a crushing Day Three for the enemy. He echoed Undersecretary Bob Work, who has made collaboration with AIs as central aspect of the Pentagon's technology strategy.


Drone operators outnumber any other type of Air Force pilot

Engadget

This isn't the first initiative intended to beef up jobs for qualified drone pilots, either. Last year, the Air Force started paying bonuses to keep pilots in the job, offering $10,000 more per year if they renewed their active duty status for five years. More jobs means more reliance on these unmanned aircraft, with the Air Force moving to an all-Reaper drone fleet in the next year or two. "I never thought I'd say that when I joined the Air Force," Lt. General Darryl Roberson said at the roundtable, referring to the high number of drone piloting jobs.