Big Data AI to Advance Modeling and Simulation


Military officials and industry experts have long discussed how artificial intelligence can benefit the warfighter. The technology promises to crunch mountains of data into easily digestible bites of actionable information and to predict when parts on a vehicle are about to wear out. However, there has been less emphasis on how it can improve modeling and simulations for training purposes -- a market area that is becoming increasingly important as service leaders across the board call for more investment to improve readiness. During the recent National Training and Simulation Association's Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference in Orlando, Florida, military officials and industry experts discussed the benefits of applying the emerging technology to such scenarios. Retired Rear Adm. James Robb, president of NTSA, the host of I/ITSEC and an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association, said there was a strong emphasis during the show on big data and artificial intelligence.

This year we took small, important steps toward the Singularity


In the last year, we've seen Google form the DeepMind Ethics & Society to investigate the implications of its AI in society, and we've witnessed the rise of intelligent sex dolls. We've had to take a deep look at whether the warbots we're developing will actually comply with our commands and whether tomorrow's robo-surgeons will honor the Hippocratic Oath. So it's not to say that such restrictions can't be hard-coded into an AI operating system, just that additional nuance is needed, especially as 2018 will see AI reach deeper into our everyday lives. Asimov's famous three laws of robotics is "a wonderful literary vehicle but not a pragmatic way to design robotic systems," said Dr. Ron Arkin, Regents' professor and director of Mobile Robot Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Envisioned in 1942, when the state of robotics was rudimentary at best, the laws were too rigid for use in 2017.

Turbine Engine Diagnostics (TED)

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TED program represents the Army's first successful The Gulf War confirmed that the Abrams tank epitomizes lethality and survivability on today's battlefield. Logistically, however, the negative corollary is that the Abrams is expensive to operate, support, and maintain. Central to these costs is the maintenance of its turbine engine. Maintenance on the Abrams engine is accomplished at three levels: (1) organizational, (2) direct support, and (3) depot. Depot is usually in the United States.

Applied AI News

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The system will help eliminate avoidable pollution and save pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturers millions of dollars. The Batch Design Kit will be commercially available in the summer of 1995. Photosound (Saffron-Walden, England) is using virtual reality to simulate and visualize the effects of different pharmaceutical drugs on the human body. The results are being used as the focal point of exhibition stands designed by Photosound for such pharmaceutical firms as Smith-Kline Beecham. Westinghouse Electric (Pittsburgh, Penn.) and Carnegie Group (Pittsburgh, Penn.) are working with the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute on a knowledge-based intelligent system for the management of national clinical trials.

Robots help China fire missiles three times faster

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The Chinese armies are now able to use robots to fire ballistic missiles after successfully developing an automated launching system, Chinese military media claimed. The advanced system would help China fire warheads three times faster and halve the number of soldiers involved. The news emerged as tensions between Beijing and Washington have escalated over the claims that China had allowed oil into North Korea, which violated a United Nations embargo. Beijing has denied the allegations. Beijing's next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile, Dongfeng-41 (pictured) could allegedly strike anywhere in the world.

For the U.S. Army, the Future Is Robots


Not only have robots been able to use GPS waypoint technology to travel from one location to another, but the systems have slowly learned how to maneuver independently around other objects or obstacles in real time. Systems like the well-known Packbot progressively leveraged technology to use different software packages for different sensing or detection missions with greater levels of autonomy. The Army is transforming its fleet of transportable robots to a common set of standards to expedite modernization, interoperability, autonomy and mission flexibility. During the last decade and a half of ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army acquired and fast-tracked as many as 7,000 unique robotic systems in an effort to keep pace with the emerging threat of enemy IEDs. Building upon these developments, which included the deployment of multiple transportable cave- and road-clearing robots, the service now seeks to architect design a common fleet with a single robotic chassis configurable to a wide range of varying missions, Bryan McVeigh, the Army's project manager for Force Projection, said in a service statement.

The most exciting military vehicles of 2017

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The aim is for a SMET robot to be able to carry 1,000 pounds across more than 60 miles in 72 hours. Whether you're interested in trucks, tanks, motorcycles, armored vehicles or ATVs, 2017 was a great year, with lots of incredible machines. And it was a year in which lots of out-of-the-box advances – some might even say shocking – were revealed. Where do we find these insider machines? I also meet with military and private sector innovators to closely evaluate the vehicles and put them through their paces.

Maine Robotics Company Competing for Major Army Contract

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The Army wants unmanned vehicles to reduce the burden on soldiers by carrying heavy ammunition and supplies into combat. The Portland Press Herald reports that the Army is expected to order thousands of the units by 2020.

UBTECH's robotic First Order Stormtrooper patrols AR battlefields


UBTECH's Stormtrooper missed Force Friday and The Last Jedi's release -- no surprise, really. The robotic toy moves pretty slowly, all things told. Perhaps it was a matter of getting things just right, or maybe it was the pains of dealing with such a high-profile license for the first time. Whatever the case, the Chinese robotics startup has just taken the wraps off one last piece of Star Wars tech for the year -- and it's a doozy.

This year we took small, important steps toward the Singularity


We won't have to wait until 2019 for our Blade Runner future, mostly because artificially intelligent robots already walk, roll and occasionally backflip among us. They're on our streets and in our stores. Some have wagged their way into our hearts while others have taken a more literal route. Both in civilian life and the military battlespace, AI is adopting physical form to multiply the capabilities of the humans it serves. As robots gain ubiquity, friction between these bolt buckets and we meat sacks is sure to cause issues.