US military will have more combat robots than human soldiers by 2025


These state-of-the art military units will consist of human soldiers and robots and are aimed at maximizing performance on future battlefields. Combat robots will rapidly become an inherent part of US fighting forces within the next 10-15 years, defense experts say. So we will see in the West combat robots outnumbering human soldiers," he explained. The statement added the next-generation system should bring "advanced capabilities in all domains to maximize squad performance in increasingly complex operational environments."

Expert: There will soon be more robo-soldiers than humans

Daily Mail

The Pentagon has awarded an $11 million contract to build a'combined-arms squad' of human and robotic capabilities. It comes as experts have increasingly warned that robotic weapons will soon play a much larger role in warfare than they already do, and could even overtake human presence on the battlefield in the next decade. The Pentagon has awarded an $11 million contract to build a'combined-arms squad' of human and robotic capabilities. Experts have increasingly warned that robotic weapons will soon play a much larger role in warfare than they already do, and could even overtake human presence on the battlefield in the next decade.

Smiling during victory could hurt future chances of cooperation


In a winning scenario, smiling can decrease your odds of success against the same opponent in subsequent matches, according to new research presented by the USC Institute for Creative Technologies and sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. People who smiled during victory increased the odds of their opponent acting aggressively to steal a pot of money rather than share it in future gameplay, according to a paper presented in May at the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems by USC ICT research assistant Rens Hoegen, USC ICT research programmer Giota Stratou and Jonathan Gratch, director of virtual humans research at USC ICT and a professor of computer science at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. In a similar study Gratch co-authored with ICT senior research associate Gale Lucas and colleagues in 2016, participants were shown to often misread honesty when negotiating with each other because reassuring cues like head movement, positive language and even smiling signal honesty, but actually more frequently represent dishonest action and behaviors. The Institute for Creative Technologies also works with agencies like the U.S. Army to use virtual humans in negotiation scenarios.

US military orders design of combined human-robot squads


The news follows scientific predictions that the future warfare will see extensive use of robotic platforms powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and equipped with next-generation weapons systems. So we will see in the West combat robots outnumbering human soldiers," Basset explained. Scientific minds and progressive entrepreneurs, meanwhile, warn of an increasing danger of deploying autonomous robots whose AI will be capable of making decisions. "Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology has reached a point where the deployment of [autonomous] systems is -- practically if not legally -- feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms," Professor Stephen Hawking, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote in a letter presented at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aries.

US Army to test self-driving trucks in Michigan

Daily Mail

The US army tested a convoy of autonomous vehicles on private roads in Fort Hood, Texas, (pictured) in 2014. Alex Kade, from the US Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Centre, said last year: 'Six radio transmitters will be set up along Interstate 69 to allow for groups of five vehicles to broadcast speed, distance, and traffic issues as directed over the frequency.' The vehicles are fitted with a GPS receiver so members of the US Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) can plan, and track the convoy's route on handheld computers (pictured) Mr Kade added: 'The advancement of driverless vehicles could help cut down on accidents and dangerous combat situations for soldiers, especially in places where bombs and improvised explosive devices could be hidden.' Five years ago the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Centre unveiled a self-driving tank-like vehicle driving off-road and crossing ditches.

10 Machine Learning Algorithms Explained to an 'Army Soldier'


It include algorithms such as Linear Regression, Logistic Regression, Decision Tree, Random Forest etc. This includes Decision Trees, Random Forest. In this article, I've explained machine learning algorithms to a soldier in terms of war, battle, and strategy. Do you find watching battle, wars interesting?

What to Stream This Weekend: War Movies for Memorial Day

The New Yorker

That's why, in compiling a group of war films, I've organized them by the war that they depict. For that matter, they don't all depict war directly; some depict the prelude to war or the aftermath of war, the emotional devastation that's wrought away from the battlefield, or the political and diplomatic maneuvering that go into war or, at best, prevent it. Because the Second World War still looms so large in political culture and, for that matter, culture at large, I've pulled together a batch of films that considers it from a varied range of perspectives. Zachary Treitz, "Men Go to Battle" (Amazon, iTunes, and others) John Ford, "The Lost Patrol" (Amazon, iTunes, and others) Yasujiro Ozu, "There Was a Father" (Criterion Channel)

What's that drone flying in over the horizon? It's a scout from Islamic State

Los Angeles Times

Some Islamic State units have used drones to shoot propaganda footage. Although the Islamic State documents show the group has procured components to build drones, Spleeters said the group mostly relies on products from China-based DJI, the so-called Apple of the drone world, which dominates an estimated 70% of the drone market. Reports that Islamic State had used DJI products pushed the company in February to create a geofence, a software restriction that creates a no-fly zone, over large swaths of Iraq and Syria, specifically over Mosul. Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units, paramilitary factions that operate with support from Iran, regularly deploy DJI's Phantom 4 drone to scan an area for Islamic State positions and car bombs.

Michale Fee receives Fundamental Science Investigator Award

MIT News

Michale Fee, the Glen V. and Phyllis F. Dorflinger Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, has received the Fundamental Science Investigator Award. Fee is the inaugural recipient of the award, which is intended to support innovative research that has the potential to advance the frontiers of basic science. Fee studies how the brain learns and generates complex sequential behaviors, with a focus on the songbird as a model system. Birdsong is a complex behavior that young birds learn by imitating their parents, and provides an ideal system to study the neural basis of learned behavior.

The Military is Using Human Brain Waves to Teach Robots How to Shoot


Researchers from DCS Corp and the Army Research Lab fed datasets of human brain waves into a neural network -- a type of artificial intelligence -- which learned to recognize when a human is making a targeting decision. "You can train the system to do deep learning in a [highly structured] environment but if the Go game board changed dynamically over time, the AI would never be able to solve that problem. The researchers hope their new neural net will enable experiments in which a computer can easily understand when a soldier is evaluating targets in a virtual scenario, as opposed to having to spend lots of time teaching the system to understand how to structure different individuals' data, eye movements, their P300 responses, etc. The goal, one day, is a neural net that can learn instantaneously, continuously, and in real-time, by observing the brainwaves and eye movement of highly trained soldiers doing their jobs.