Science & Tech

Pentagon Taps Leader to Implement New AI Ethics

It's Alka Patel, a lawyer who has been working for the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.

Ideas

Great Powers Must Talk to Each Other About AI

Even as they compete, major militaries have reason to cooperate: to avoid misunderstanding and to establish best practices and pragmatic parameters.

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Putin Seeks to Plug Gaps in Russia's State-Driven Tech Efforts

His Wednesday speech acknowledged difficulties Russian researchers, engineers, and entrepreneurs face, particularly in the realm of finance.

Science & Tech

DARPA Aims to Develop a ‘Sea Train’ of Unmanned Warships

The Pentagon’s research arm is looking for technologies for a new class of long-distance unmanned surface vessels.

Ideas

Russia’s Military Is Writing an Armed-Robot Playbook

The new tactics and operating concepts will draw on three years of Syrian operations.

Ideas

The US Navy Needs Offensive Undersea Drones

The maritime domain has yet to see the kind of explosive innovation that UAVs have brought to land warfare.

Ideas

Russia’s AI Quest is State-Driven — Even More than China’s. Can It Work?

Handicaps: weak private sector, Soviet-style bureaucracy. Helps: Great STEM education — and history.

Ideas

Misguided Immigration Policies Are Endangering America's AI Edge

Green card limits haven’t budged in decades, while new policies make it harder, costlier, and more uncertain for the world’s talent to come to the United States.

Science & Tech

US Is Moving Too Slowly to Harness Drones and AI, Former SOCOM Commander Says

Tony Thomas says he wishes he’d spent less time growing his command and more time pushing it to embrace new technology.

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SecDef: China Is Exporting Killer Robots to the Mideast

For the first time, a senior Defense official has called out Beijing for selling lethal autonomy.

Science & Tech

The Pentagon’s AI Ethics Draft Is Actually Pretty Good

By seeking reliable, governable, traceable technology, the Defense Department could help set global standards for using artificial intelligence.

Science & Tech

US Marines Try Using Drones to Bring Blood to Battle

The light unmanned aircraft made hundreds of supply drops during recent Australian live-fire wargames.

Science & Tech

The US Army Wants to Reinvent Tank Warfare with AI

A new project aims to make the battlefield more “transparent” — while relying on robots and software that “think” in unpredictable ways.

Threats

China, Russia Deepen Technological Ties

With joint dialogues, incubators, and technology parks, Beijing and Moscow are seeking to overcome deficiencies and compete with the United States.

Science & Tech

New Drones, Weapons Get Spotlight in China’s Military Parade

The massive event celebrated 70 years of Communist rule — and an arsenal for its next decade.

Science & Tech

Russia’s National AI Center Is Taking Shape

A famed technical university is helping to lead the push for public-private AI development.

Science & Tech

AI Will Tell Future Medics Who Lives and Dies on the Battlefield

Machine learning, sensors, and next-generation vision equipment will tell medics where to spend their resources — before they get off the evac chopper.

Science & Tech

Pentagon Wants AI to Interpret ‘Strategic Activity’ Around the Globe

The Defense Innovation Unit is seeking commercial tools to glean insights from global news outlets, social media platforms, and other publicly available resources.

Science & Tech

The US Government Will Spend $1B on AI Next Year — Not Counting the Pentagon

That's the latest estimate from the White House. But industry experts say it might not be enough.

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