‘Sci-fi to real life’: US invests $17 million in laser tech

AP via ABC News The U.S. Defense Department is making another multimillion-dollar investment in high-energy lasers that have the potential to destroy enemy drones and mortars, disrupt communication systems and provide military forces with other portable, less costly options on the battlefield. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and longtime supporter of directed energy research, announced the $17 million investment … Continue reading ‘Sci-fi to real life’: US invests $17 million in laser tech

Cyborg Patrol! Dubai Police’s World’s First Autonomous Robocop Goes Live At GISEC & IOTX 2017

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Dubai Police has welcomed a new member on to its force. He doesn’t need a visa, medical insurance or hours of training, and he is ready to engage with Dubai’s residents and millions of tourists across the city’s streets.

The world’s first operational robot policeman, officially joined the line of duty today, greeting guests at the opening of the 4th Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC), including Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Head of Security for the Emirate of Dubai, who opened the show and the co-located Internet of Things Expo (IoTx), which run until Tuesday 23 May at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

The autonomous Robocop, standing 170 centimetres tall and weighing 100 kilograms, is equipped with an emotion detector which can recognise gestures and hand signals from up to 1.5 metres away. The Robocop can also detect a person’s emotions and facial expressions – whether the individual is happy, sad, or smiling – and has the ability to change his expression and greetings accordingly to put people at ease. Continue reading “Cyborg Patrol! Dubai Police’s World’s First Autonomous Robocop Goes Live At GISEC & IOTX 2017”

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”

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”