The US Navy's Fleet is Offering New Work to a Robot Designed...


A robot from Gecko Robotics is being used to clean the exterior of a Navy vessel. Pennsylvania company Gecko Robotics has revealed that its hull-scaling robot, which can identify structural issues, has been adopted by the US Navy. The military force will now utilize the technology on the first amphibious assault vessel and one more destroyer from the Arleigh Burke-class. The CEO of the company stated in a press release that they are happy to use their advanced technology which has been evaluated and authenticated by Navy technical leaders and sustainment officials. The Navy has a crucial responsibility and Gecko will support them by ensuring they have the necessary tools to execute their tasks securely and efficiently in today's constantly evolving geopolitical scenario.

Biden Officials Hold Off on More Airstrikes in Syria, for Now

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On Monday, after a weekend free of fresh militia attacks and full of bad weather in eastern Syria that would have made targeting the insurgents more difficult, Biden administration officials said the military stood ready to respond to any new threats to U.S. personnel. But they also seemed eager to move on, avoid escalating the back-and-forth strikes into a wider war with Iran and its proxies, and remain focused on the broader mission of helping root out the pockets of Islamic State fighters still carrying out guerrilla attacks in the region. "We're going to do what we need to do swiftly and boldly to protect our people and our facilities in Syria," John F. Kirby, a National Security Council spokesman, told reporters on Monday. "We're not going to be deterred from continuing to go after this network in Syria." America still has more than 900 troops, and hundreds more contractors, in Syria, working with Kurdish fighters to make sure there is no resurgence of the Islamic State, which was ostensibly defeated in 2019 after five years of wreaking havoc across Iraq and Syria. In the past year alone, Iranian-backed militias have launched dozens of attacks at or near bases where U.S. troops were present.

Cotton accuses Pentagon of 'conscious decision' to withhold info from Congress to influence vote

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Sen. Tom Cotton, R.-Ark., reviews President Biden's call for an assault weapons ban following the Nashville school shooting on'Special Report.' Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., on Tuesday accused Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin of withholding information from Congress about a military incident in Syria in order to avoid influencing a vote to end two congressional authorization for use of military force overseas. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Cotton confronted Austin about claims that the Biden administration failed to inform lawmakers of last week's Iranian-linked drone attack that killed one American and wounded five members of the U.S. military in Syria until more than 12 hours after it occurred. Cotton claimed the delay was a "conscious decision" to influence the Senate as it was voting on repealing the 1991 and 2002 authorizations for use of military force (AUMFs) in Iraq. Cotton implied that because the Biden administration wants to revoke the AUMFs, it wanted to delay news that might give lawmakers a reason to maintain them.

Challenges With AI: Artistry, Copyrights and Fake News


The recent surge in interest in new AI applications in 2023 has been nothing short of extraordinary. From ChatGPT to a growing list of other new apps, our technology and business worlds are rapidly evolving before our eyes in many exciting ways. As a curious technologist, I am fascinated by these new trends, and I wrote this primer on the topic back in January: "ChatGPT: Hopes, Dreams, Cheating and Cybersecurity." I have received many questions about the use of ChatGPT to generate content, and this YouTube video addressed the question: "Is It Plagiarism to Use ChatGPT in Your Published Works?" But as an author, blogger and creator of original content, I have other concerns that are growing just as fast as the new technology is being deployed.

The professor trying to protect our private thoughts from technology


Private thoughts may not be private for much longer, heralding a nightmarish world where political views, thoughts, stray obsessions and feelings could be interrogated and punished all thanks to advances in neurotechnology. Or at least that is what one of the world's leading brain scientists believes. In a new book, The Battle for Your Brain, Duke University bioscience professor Nita Farahany argues that such intrusions into the human mind by technology are so close that a public discussion is long overdue and lawmakers should immediately establish brain protections as it would for any other area of personal liberty. Advances in hacking and tracking thoughts, with Orwellian fears of mind control running just below the surface, is the subject of Farahany's scholarship alongside urgent calls for legislative guarantees to thought privacy, including freedoms from "cognitive fingerprinting", that lie within an area of ethics broadly termed "cognitive liberty". Certainly the field is advancing rapidly.

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US air defenses down during suspected Iranian drone strike in Syria that killed one American

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Fox News chief national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin has the latest on the attack and retaliatory measures on'The Story.' The main air defense system at a coalition military base in Northeast Syria was not working Thursday when one American contractor was killed after a suspected Iranian drone hit the base and injured six other servicemen, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News Friday. U.S. intelligence has assessed that the drone that struck the base was Iranian. The injured U.S. service members are in "stable" condition and have been transported to a hospital in Landstuhl, Germany the senior official added. In testimony on the Hill Thursday, Gen. Erik Kurilla said in that Iranian-backed forces have been behind 78 attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq and Syria since January 2021.

Biden on back foot as Iran proxies hit US troops in Syria, can 'expect more, not less attacks'

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Nikki Haley, presidential candidate and former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., weighs in after President Biden authorized an air strike in response to an Iranian drone that killed an American. The U.S. can no longer take a reactive stance toward Iran after a new Pentagon report revised the total number of troops killed by Iran-backed groups continues to rise, experts told Fox News Digital. "Iran's regional strategy of working through proxies and carve outs is continuing unabated," Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior fellow and Iran expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said. "The open question is, when will the Biden administration ditch tit-for-tat strikes and work to rollback Iran's Shiite militia network in the heartland of the Middle East?" President Biden ordered a series of retaliatory precision airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, reportedly killing eight Iranians, after Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps crashed a UAV into a building, killing a U.S. contractor and wounding six other Americans. U.S. intelligence assessed the UAV that crashed into a coalition base, which killed the contractor, was of Iranian origin -- so President Biden authorized the military to retaliate, the Pentagon said.

Wesley Hunt rips Biden admin after Iranian drone strike kills American: 'The world does not respect us'

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Rep. Wesley Hunt, R-Texas, responds to the U.S. conducting airstrikes after an American was killed in Syria and pushes back on'woke' agendas infiltrating the armed forces. Rep. Wesley Hunt, R-Texas, slammed the Biden administration on "Fox & Friends" Friday for abandoning the "peace through strength" mantra after an American was killed in an Iranian drone strike in Syria. WESLEY HUNT: I think what we're seeing right now is we are not serious people and our military is not being respected. This is also the same regime that wants to give Iran a nuclear weapon. So you look at what's happening in Iran and you look at what's happening in Syria, you're looking at what's happening in the Ukraine.

US base in Syria attacked by Iranian proxy forces after retaliatory airstrikes

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AFPI Center for American Security's Fred Fleitz on the U.S. response to an Iranian drone attack that killed one American, TikTok CEO claims app is not influenced by China, and Antony Blinken says Taliban still detaining Americans in Afghanistan Iran proxy forces launched about seven rockets targeting a U.S. base in Northeast Syria today in retaliation to the U.S., a defense official confirms to Fox News. In first assessments, there are no U.S. casualties and no damage to the base near the Al-Omar oil field. The rocket attacks came after President Biden ordered a series of retaliatory strikes after a suspected Iranian-made drone killed a U.S. contractor and wounded six other Americans on Thursday. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement that the American intelligence community had determined the drone was of Iranian origin, but offered no other immediate evidence to support the claim. The drone hit a coalition base in the northeast Syrian city of Hasaka.