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”
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
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.
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
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