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

Patrick Tucker
DefenseOne

Modern sensors can see farther than humans. Electronic circuits can shoot faster than nerves and muscles can pull a trigger. Humans still outperform armed robots in knowing what to shoot at — but new research funded in part by the Army may soon narrow that gap.

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. They presented their paper on it at the annual Intelligent User Interface conference in Cyprus in March.

Why is this a big deal? Machine learning relies on highly structured data, numbers in rows that software can read. But identifying a target in the chaotic real world is incredibly difficult for computers. The human brain does it easily, structuring data in the form of memories, but not in a language machines can understand. It’s a problem that the military has been grappling with for years. Continue reading “The Military is Using Human Brain Waves to Teach Robots How to Shoot”

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Russian Humanoid Robot ‘Fedor’ Learns to Shoot Using Both Arms

S putnik Humanoid robot F.E.D.O.R., set to fly into space in 2021, is now capable of shooting using both of his arms, according to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. “The robot of the F.E.D.O.R. platform showed skills of firing using both arms. Currently the work on fine motor skills and decision algorithms is underway,” Rogozin wrote on his Twitter. Робот платформы F.E.D.O.R. показал навыки стрельбы с двух рук. Идёт … Continue reading Russian Humanoid Robot ‘Fedor’ Learns to Shoot Using Both Arms

Light war: space-based lasers among Beijing’s high-tech arms

Bill Gertz
Asia Times

China’s military is developing powerful lasers, electromagnetic railguns and high-power microwave weapons for use in a future “light war” involving space-based attacks on satellites.

Beijing’s push to produce so-called directed-energy weapons aims to neutralize America’s key strategic advantage: the web of intelligence, communication and navigation satellites enabling military strikes of unparalleled precision expeditionary warfare far from US shores. Continue reading “Light war: space-based lasers among Beijing’s high-tech arms”

US military successfully tests electrical brain stimulation to enhance staff skills

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Performance of military personnel can slump if the demands of the job become too intense. The study found that electrical brain stimulation can stave off the drop in performance. Photograph: Christian Science Monitor/Getty

Ian Sample
The Guardian

Study paves way for personnel such as drone operators to have electrical pulses sent into their brains to improve effectiveness in high pressure situations

US military scientists have used electrical brain stimulators to enhance mental skills of staff, in research that aims to boost the performance of air crews, drone operators and others in the armed forces’ most demanding roles.

The successful tests of the devices pave the way for servicemen and women to be wired up at critical times of duty, so that electrical pulses can be beamed into their brains to improve their effectiveness in high pressure situations.

The brain stimulation kits use five electrodes to send weak electric currents through the skull and into specific parts of the cortex. Previous studies have found evidence that by helping neurons to fire, these minor brain zaps can boost cognitive ability. Continue reading “US military successfully tests electrical brain stimulation to enhance staff skills”

Turkey Shuts News Outlets, Tightens Anti-Terrorism Law

Bloomberg Turkey shut more than a dozen news outlets and tightened its anti-terrorism laws in an expansion of its crackdown following the botched July 15 coup. The government also fired more than 10,000 additional people from jobs in the education, health and justice ministries as part of its effort to purge the civil service of employees with alleged links to the U.S.-based preacher it accuses … Continue reading Turkey Shuts News Outlets, Tightens Anti-Terrorism Law

Europe on war-footing: Britain sends tanks, drones and 800 troops to Estonia as part of the biggest military build-up on Russia’s borders since the Cold War a day after Putin reveals ‘super-nuke’ which could wipe out

Julian Robinson The Daily Mail Britain is sending tanks, drones and 800 troops to Estonia as part of the biggest military build-up on Russia‘s borders since the Cold War. The soldiers will be sent to the Eastern European country and will be joined by forces from Denmark and France, according to Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. It comes a day after Russia unveiled chilling pictures of … Continue reading Europe on war-footing: Britain sends tanks, drones and 800 troops to Estonia as part of the biggest military build-up on Russia’s borders since the Cold War a day after Putin reveals ‘super-nuke’ which could wipe out

Defense secretary suspends California National Guard bonus repayments

David S. Cloud The Washington Post Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Wednesday ordered the Pentagon to suspend all efforts to collect reimbursement from thousands of California National Guard members who were improperly given enlistment bonuses. “I want to be clear: This process has dragged on too long, for too many service members,” Carter said. “Too many cases have languished without action. That’s unfair to service … Continue reading Defense secretary suspends California National Guard bonus repayments

NATO starts training Azerbaijani army for psychological and information operations during crisis

Triangulum Intel Source: ABC.AZ NATO starts training the Azerbaijani army for psychological and information operations during crisis. The Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan reports that the Mobile Training Group of NATO Allied Joint Forces Command conducts a Training Course on “Psychological & information operations during crisis” in Baku since 24 October. “The aim of Course to be held until 28 October is the planning and implementation … Continue reading NATO starts training Azerbaijani army for psychological and information operations during crisis

United Nations Soldier Says They Will Soon Occupy America: “Going Door-to-Door Taking Guns Or Shooting To Kill”

Mac Slavo SHTF Plan We have previously noted that recent allegations of Russian hacking could mean the Department of Homeland Security will be charged with protecting the Presidential election in November. In fact, as Joe Joseph noted in his latest daily news update, the Department of Defense and U.S. military may be joining DHS to ensure a fair electoral process. Coupled with previous reports that … Continue reading United Nations Soldier Says They Will Soon Occupy America: “Going Door-to-Door Taking Guns Or Shooting To Kill”