Royal Navy tests unmanned boats which can search for mines or spy on enemy ships

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The Royal Navy is testing ground-breaking technology which allows them to control unmanned boats remotely. The fleet of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), described as'absolutely the future of naval warfare', can be operated from a warship's operations room. Able to detect underwater mines and spy on enemy ships without putting sailors in danger, the MAST-13 has already been hailed by one admiral for the'increased reach and lethality this will bring to our ships'. The MAST-13 technology will allow the 13-metre boats to scout miles ahead of warships and warn them of potential danger. Capable of travelling 45 knots (52mph; 84kmh), the waterborne drones can operate for up to 10 days at a time and travel hundreds of miles.

Iran denies claim that US warship destroyed Iranian drone

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Iran's Revolutionary Guard claims the vessel was caught trying to smuggle Iranian oil to foreign ships; Trey Yingst reports. Iran on Friday denied President Trump's claim that a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf after it threatened the ship -- an incident that further escalated tensions between the countries. Trump said Thursday that the USS Boxer – which is among several U.S. Navy ships in the area – took defensive action after an Iranian drone came within 1,000 yards of the warship and ignored multiple calls to stand down. Trump blamed Iran for a "provocative and hostile" action and said the U.S. responded in self-defense. But Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, told reporters as he arrived for a meeting at the United Nations that "we have no information about losing a drone today."

US sends warships to Taiwan Strait as Taipei unveils new drone

Al Jazeera

For the first time this year, the United States has sent two warships through the strategic Taiwan Strait, according to the Taiwanese government. The move risks further heightening tensions with China, which considers Taiwan a breakaway province and has not ruled out the use of force to bring the self-ruled island under its control. It is also likely to be viewed in Taiwan as a sign of support from US President Donald Trump's administration amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing. Taiwan's defence ministry said in a statement late on Thursday the US ships were moving in a northerly direction and that their voyage was in accordance with regulations. It added that Taiwan closely monitored the operation to "ensure the security of the seas and regional stability".

Future Warships Could Be Sailed Remotely with Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality


Navies of the future could use technology to allow sailors to work remotely. Technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality would allow some crew members to work from shore, operating key sections of ships from thousands of miles away. The result could be semiautonomous warships that sail with smaller crews, putting fewer in harm's way. The Telegraph reports that the Royal Navy could use A.I. and VR tech in the future to reduce the size of ship's crews. The principle is similar to that used by unmanned aerial vehicle operators who control drones flying thousands of miles away.

Nikki Haley blasts China, calls government 'straight out of George Orwell'

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U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said China has persecuted minorities on a massive scale. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused China of persecuting religious and ethnic minorities on a massive scale Monday in her first public remarks since announcing she would leave office last week. "It is the largest internment of civilians in the world today," Haley said in keynote remarks at the Chiefs of Defense Conference Dinner in Washington. "It may be the largest since World War II." The former South Carolina governor was particularly critical of Beijing's crackdown on Uighur and other Muslim minorities in China's northwest, which she described as being "straight out of George Orwell."

Towards WARSHIP: Combining Components of Brain-Inspired Computing of RSH for Image Super Resolution

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

T. Poggio observes, analyzes and predicts the evolution of deep learning from both mathematical and biological sides(which is the focus in our article) in [1]"Deep learning: mathematics and neuroscience". He mentions that, "it is telling that several of the algorithmic tricks that were touted as breakthroughs just a couple of years ago are now regarded as unnecessary ", while " some of the other ideas " such as residual learning " are more fundamental" "and likely to be more durable, though their exact form is bound to change somewhat " . In a word, he predicts that residual learning is a more durable component within the evolution of deep learning.

With the D3000, China enters the robotic warship arms race

Popular Science

The D3000's closest international counterpart is the Sea Hunter, built for DARPA's ACTUV anti-submarine program. The 131-foot, 145 ton Sea Hunter has a speed of only 27 knots, but that's fine because it's conceived as a test ship for future unmanned operations. Conceptually, the Sea Hunter and its follow-ons would also take on roles like tracking enemy submarines and mine detection, as opposed to antiship role reflected the D3000 concept. Of course, there's nothing from stopping China from building its own sub-hunting robotic warships to make up for its historical anti-submarine warfare weakness. That China is already pitching a large robotic warship for export--and from a vendor not typically known for such offerings--suggests a high degree of confidence in the global competitiveness of the country's unmanned naval technologies.

Will AI become a basic human right? Marc Benioff thinks it should


Should we think of AI as a basic human right? That was the question raised by Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff in a session at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. The backdrop for Benioff's comments was debate around the impact of technology and innovation on the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These were agreed back in 2015 as set of specific targets based on a sustainable development agenda with the overall goal of ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity. When the SDGs were laid down, there was a window of 15 years to hit the targets.

Paul Allen reconstructs how doomed battleship sank

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Deep sea explorers sent a drone to the ocean floor to beam back stunning images of the USS Indianapolis, a naval gunship that lies three miles beneath the surface of the Philippine Sea 72 years ago, in a dramatic live broadcast on Wednesday. Findings from the footage enabled experts to piece together the final moments of the WWII ship, which was discovered by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen last month. The ship was sunk by a Japanese torpedo in the final days of World War Two, more than 18,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, the Navy said. From the new drone footage, researchers have concluded that two Japanese torpedoes hit the ship, one of them striking an area near a chamber with crew members that likely would have died immediately upon impact. Researchers also discovered guns, torpedo remnants and parts of aircraft that were preserved thanks to the extremely cold temperatures at the bottom of the sea.