articles tagged: military
how killer robots can reshape the world’s militaries and geopolitics
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how killer robots can reshape the world’s militaries and geopolitics

The American military may be the best in the world, but too often, it’s fighting 21st-century wars with 20th-century ideas. Its foreign counterparts have an opportunity to master the wars of the future.

did a solar storm set off underwater mines during the vietnam war?
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did a solar storm set off underwater mines during the vietnam war?

Some 25 underwater mines mysteriously exploded in the summer of 1972. A newly declassified report points its finger at a surprising culprit: the sun.

is time running out for today’s fighter jets?
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is time running out for today’s fighter jets?

American fighter jets aren’t as combat ready as the military wants them to be. But the biggest challenge to meeting readiness goals aren’t older airframes. Some of the newest and most capable fighters are looking a little iffy...

they came, they saw, they hacked: why the pentagon isn’t ready for cyberwarfare
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they came, they saw, they hacked: why the pentagon isn’t ready for cyberwarfare

A new report by a congressional watchdog finds that a stunning number of weapon and military communication systems are easy targets for tech-savvy adversaries.

sci-fi saturday: 06.16.2887
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sci-fi saturday: 06.16.2887

Another short sci-fi story for your weekend distraction.

why autonomous killer robots are inevitable and why we should be pretty worried about them
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why autonomous killer robots are inevitable and why we should be pretty worried about them

Let's not surgarcoat this. We will build autonomous killer robots because we have every incentive to. So let's make sure we get them right.

why asteroid mining could restart the cold war
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why asteroid mining could restart the cold war

Asteroid mining may require changes to The Outer Space Treaty and the consequences of amending it badly could be very serious...

the world’s sloppiest would-be military takeover
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the world’s sloppiest would-be military takeover

The idea that Jade Helm is a dress rehearsal for a military takeover of America is just a rehash of conspiracy radio's greatest hits. So why are so many pundits trying to justify conspiracy theorists' fears?

how would you fight pacific rim’s giant monsters in the real world?
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how would you fight pacific rim’s giant monsters in the real world?

Giant bipedal robots look cool in anime and movies. In real life, you probably wouldn't want to use them to fight giant eldritch creatures made of teeth, fangs, and acid.

why riot is not as scary as you’d think
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why riot is not as scary as you’d think

Riot is being pitched as a digital, hyper-aware spy. It's nothing more than a simple data aggregator from public social media profiles.

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