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https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/30/doomsday-prep-for-the-super-rich
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The New Yorker
Some of the wealthiest people in America—in Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond—are getting ready for the crackup of civilization.
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https://www.technologyreview.com/2018/05/23/142770/the-us-military-is-funding-an-effort-to-catch-deepfakes-and-other-ai-trickery/
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MIT Technology Review
Think that AI will help put a stop to fake news? The US military isn’t so sure. The Department of Defense is funding a project that will try to determine whether the increasingly real-looking fake video and audio generated by artificial intelligence might soon be impossible to distinguish from the real thing—even for another AI…
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https://theconversation.com/weaponized-information-seeks-a-new-target-in-cyberspace-users-minds-100069
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The Conversation
Russian hackers are coupling old propaganda strategies with new technologies to attack and exploit not just computers and stored data, but how people think.
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https://warontherocks.com/2014/10/do-drones-have-a-future/
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War On The Rocks
Thirteen years ago today the Predator drone saw its first armed reconnaissance mission in Afghanistan. Since then, the U.S. military drone fleet has grown
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https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/a5383/4347306/
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Popular Mechanics
When the Air Force recently mapped out a game plan to 2047, its report contained a big surprise: Fewer pilots and more robotic planes acting on their own. Are we ready for UAVs that can fire their ...
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https://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/01/04/drones-are-the-future-of-war-so-why-is-the-pentago.aspx
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Motley Fool
The Pentagon's flagship jet fighter has been plagued by cost and time overruns, and it may not even be up to the task of waging a modern war.
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https://www.vox.com/2014/5/16/5723366/UN-debate-killer-robots-autonomous
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Vox
The UN just held a long session about manning robotics that can kill people in wars. That's because military robotics could stop war crimes — or enable them.
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https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-case-against-autonomous-killing-machines-5920084
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io9
Long a staple of science fiction, the notion of autonomous robots that can kill is starting to take root in the U.S. military. It'll only be a matter of time before these "thinking" machines are unleashed on the battlefield — a prospect that's not sitting well with people both inside and outside of the Pentagon.
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https://curiousmatic.com/endless-war-possible-age-historic-peace/
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Curiousmatic
Is war going away, as some claim, or is it becoming a ceaseless battle of assassinations from afar?
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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/value-unmanned-aircraft-expendability
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Stratfor
Unmanned aerial vehicles can perform important tasks while limiting political consequences and avoiding risks for pilots.
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2015/01/23/pentagon-agency-wants-drones-to-hunt-in-packs-like-wolves/
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Washington Post
The U.S. military is preparing for a series of meetings that could shake up how the Pentagon flies its fleet of drone aircraft and move them toward hunting together in packs.
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/03/30/the-killer-robot-threat-pentagon-examining-how-enemy-nations-could-empower-machines/
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Washington Post
The U.S. will narrowly define the use of artificial intelligence. Will its enemies?
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYQ7p3pWwr4&feature=youtu.be
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CITRIS
Biography:Stuart Russell received his B.A. with first-class honours in physics from Oxford University in 1982 and his Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford...
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https://www.defenseone.com/threats/2015/12/pentagon-nervous-about-russian-and-chinese-killer-robots/124465/
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Defense One
Deputy defense secretary: Russia is preparing for all-robot fighting units.
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https://www.businessinsider.com/marines-testing-robot-2016-7
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Business Insider
It can carry about 400 rounds, or it can be reconfigured to tote a 40mm grenade launcher instead.
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https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160824/p2a/00m/0na/020000c
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Mainichi
JERUSALEM -- The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) revealed to the Mainichi Shimbun that, beginning in mid-July, it has deployed fully automated self-drivi
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https://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-meeting-2016/sessions/what-if-robots-go-to-war
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WeForum
Would you rather send man or machine to fight in a war? Would you rather be attacked by a human or a robot?
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https://www.ft.com/content/849666f6-cbf2-11e5-a8ef-ea66e967dd44?segid=0100320#axzz3zZspNzwf
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Financial Times
More money must go to technology to confront China and Russia, say some people in the Pentagon
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https://www.rt.com/viral/384933-russian-robot-shoots-two-guns/
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RT
Russian humanoid robot FEDOR has been taught to dual-wield pistols, adding one more skill to his already impressive list. Vice Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has shared videos of the android’s exercises on Twitter.
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https://www.businessinsider.com/future-marines-invade-enemy-beaches-drones-robots-2017-4
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Business Insider
The Marines Corps tested experimental gear in a mock beach landing and showcased armed drones and robots.
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https://www.businessinsider.com/russia-has-serious-ambitions-for-military-robotics-2017-11?r=US&amp%3BIR=T
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Business Insider
Russia has grand plans to integrate robots and artificial intelligence into its military, while Western countries have lagged behind.