Hawaii and the Horror of Human Error

Hawaii and the Horror of Human Error

An electronic sign reads "There is no threat" in Oahu, Hawaii, U.S., after a false emergency alert that said a ballistic missile was headed for Hawaii, in this January 13, 2018 photo obtained from social media. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the end of the Cold War was that it came to an end without the firing of any of the world’s tens of thousands of nuclear warheads, despite decades-worth of close calls, high alerts, and simple mistakes that inched world leaders shockingly close to engaging in a nuclear exchange.

The terrifying 38 minutes endured by residents of Hawaii as they waited for the bombs to fall after receiving text messages that a ballistic missile was on its way […]

Amazon drives a fifth city-shaping retail revolution

Amazon drives a fifth city-shaping retail revolution

As possibly the world’s oldest economic activity, retailing didn’t venture away from the traditional street, with its congestion, grime and weather exposure, until about 1800. This resulted in new types of retail space, including enclosed shopping arcades and freestanding or anchor department stores. These are still evident in cities today.

It helps to visualise the evolution of modern retail activity and structures in terms of five broad revolutionary cycles. Each has lasted about 50 years, as shown in the diagram below. Revolutionary cycles and disruptive innovations. After the first industrial revolution of the late 18th and early 19th century, two industrial revolutions followed, from about 1850 to 1900, and then from 1900 to 1950. A consumer revolution began about 1950. […]

Terrorism and UAVs: an increasing risk

Terrorism and UAVs: an increasing risk

Violent non-state actors have increasingly been making use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Initially, this was limited to intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions. More recently, some terrorist organizations – among them, the Islamic State and Hezbollah – have extended their use of UAVs to include the deployment of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) in warzones. Now, the threat of UAVs being used in attacks in Europe or North America is rising.

Since 2001, the war on terror has witnessed the gradual emergence of a new weapons system: the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Efficacy, affordability, and low political costs have increasingly made UAVs the weapon of choice against violent non-state actors. Simultaneously, commercial UAVs – considerably smaller and […]

Analysis: China’s AI revolution threatens US

Analysis: China’s AI revolution threatens US

A new report from the Washington-based Center for a New American Security raised the alert level of the US defence community over China’s rise as an artificial intelligence (AI) superpower, one that could effectively destroy the American military by 2030.

The meticulous report no doubt will send a chill through the halls of the Pentagon.

The report, ‘Battlefield Singularity: Artificial Revolution, and China’s Future Military Power’, by Elsa Kania, paints a disturbing picture of China’s AI military modernisation programmes. Kania, as co-founder of the China Cyber and Intelligence Studies Institute, is well suited to write the investigative report using available Chinese-language open-source materials that reveal China’s military thinking and progress on AI.

Kania reported that China’s military is pursuing advances in ‘impact […]

Littoral Combat Ship War Network to Use Artificial Intelligence

Littoral Combat Ship War Network to Use Artificial Intelligence

(Photo: Navy photo) The Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship may soon be armed with an artificial intelligence-enabled maritime warfare network able to seamlessly connect ships, submarines, shore locations and other tactical nodes.

The Navy is taking technical steps to expand and cyber harden its growing ship-bast ocean combat network, called Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES).

CANES is being installed on carriers, amphibious assault ships, destroyers and submarines, and the service has completed at least 50 CANES systems and has more in production, Navy developers said.

Upgraded CANES, which relies upon hardened cyber and IT connectivity along with radio and other communications technologies, is being specifically configured to increase automation – and perform more and more analytical functions without needing human intervention. […]

Here's Why Elon Musk Thinks A.I. And Killer Robots Will Destroy Us All

Here’s Why Elon Musk Thinks A.I. And Killer Robots Will Destroy Us All

(Paramount Pictures/Getty) Artificial Intelligence and machine learning are developing at an alarming (terrifying) rate, and robots are now being given citizenships, they’re becoming socially intelligent, and they’re doing goddamn backflips. Literal backflips, like some kind of unsettlingly agile computerized ninja. And, thanks to common sense, we all know that since robots can now autonomously walk around, talk, and do backflips, the end is most certainly nigh, and we’re all going to die in a robot apocalypse soon.

Not to be morbid or anything, but it’s highly unlikely that AI is going to be nice to us once it develops past a certain point and acquires full autonomy, and honestly, our mortal human bodies simply don’t stand a chance.

Even billionaire Tesla […]