Tag Archives: military robots

FBI spends $3M for domestic drone deployment

US justice authorities are facing calls for new rules on drone surveillance after it was revealed the FBI has been deploying unmanned aircraft since 2006. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24294857 A report by the Department of Justice’s watchdog said the FBI has spent $3m (£1.9m) on drone deployment. The audit is the first time the full extent of drone […]

Military Industrial Complex unveils pilotless warplanes

Boeing has revealed that it has retrofitted retired fighter jets to turn them into drones. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24231077   It said that one of the Lockheed Martin F-16 made a first flight with an empty cockpit last week.  It carried out a series of manoeuvres including a barrel roll and a “split S” – a move in which […]

US DOD allocates over 6 billion for autonomous robots

The US military budget ending Sept. 30 allocated $6.04 billion for autonomous aircraft and just $261 million for unmanned ground vehicles.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/science/military-lags-in-push-for-robotic-ground-vehicles.html?ref=us  The gap, said John Arquilla, a military strategist at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., a research university operated by the Navy, is “particularly troubling because a large percentage of our casualties […]

US DOD behind 3D printed live organ development

Miniature human organs developed with a modified 3D printer are being used to test new vaccines in a lab in the US.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24125678  The “body on a chip” project replicates human cells to print structures which mimic the functions of the heart, liver, lung and blood vessels. The organs are then placed on a microchip […]

Computer authentication link to transhumanism

Machines verify the identity of a human being by irises, heartbeats, fingertips and voices.  http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/10/beyond-passwords-new-tools-to-identify-humans/ Authentication has been a tough nut to crack since the early days of the Web. Now comes a batch of high-tech alternatives, some straight from science fiction, as worries grow about the security risks associated with traditional user name and […]

US drone strike kills civilians in Afghanistan

Underscoring the continued threat to civilians in Afghanistan, a drone strike in an eastern province killed up to 16 people, Afghan officials said Sunday. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/09/world/asia/two-deadly-attacks-in-afghanistan.html?ref=world&_r=0 The drone strike occurred Saturday afternoon in the Watapur district of Kunar Province. Afghan officials said the drone was targeting four insurgents who were picked up along the road by […]

US drone strikes kill six more in Pakistan

At least six people were killed in an American drone strike in Pakistan’s restive northwestern tribal areas early Friday, according to government officials and local news reports. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/07/world/asia/us-drone-strike-kills-6-in-pakistan-fueling-anger.html?hp  The identities of those killed were not immediately clear. American drone strikes are deeply unpopular in the country, and opposition to them has become an essential staple […]

18th American drone strike in Pakistan tribal belt this year

A drone suspected of being American killed at least four militants early Saturday in an attack on a compound in the North Waziristan tribal district, near the border with Afghanistan, a Pakistani security official and local residents said.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/01/world/asia/drone-strike-kills-suspected-militants-in-pakistan.html?hp&_r=0  The drone fired missiles at a building and a nearby parked vehicle in a village close […]

China asks for evidence in West pretext for war with Syria

China, clinging to a longstanding policy of noninterference, said on Wednesday that it opposed military action against Syria and insisted that the truth about the chemical weapons attack against civilians last week remained unclear. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/29/world/asia/culprit-in-syrian-chemical-attack-is-unclear-china-insists.html?ref=world   As momentum built for Western military strikes against Syria, China was unmoved by the conclusions of Western governments that […]

Americans draw parallel to Iraq WMD lie in Syria

A grim-faced secretary of state reading a bill of charges against a rogue Arab leader. The White House promising intelligence that will provide proof about weapons of mass destruction. Frenetic efforts to piece together a coalition of the willing. Breathless news reports about imminent bombing raids. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/29/world/middleeast/on-syria-a-drumbeat-with-some-echoes-of-iraq.html?ref=world   The days since the deadly chemical weapons […]

Julian Assange exposes Google collaboration with NSA et al

It has been revealed today, thanks to Edward Snowden, that Google and other US tech companies received millions of dollars from the NSA for their compliance with the PRISM mass surveillance system. http://cryptome.org/2013/08/assange-google-nsa.htm   So just how close is Google to the US securitocracy? Back in 2011 I had a meeting with Eric Schmidt, the […]

Egyptian people: US, islamists allied in Divide and Conquer

When the conversation in Egypt turns to politics, the predominant topic is the conspiracy between the United States and the Muslim Brotherhood to destroy Egypt.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/26/world/middleeast/as-egyptians-ignore-curfew-talk-of-a-us-brotherhood-conspiracy.html?ref=world   The idea is widespread among supporters of the military, which ousted the Muslim Brotherhood’s elected president, Mohamed Morsi, last month. For journalists who ventured out Saturday night in violation […]

Amazon will lead destruction of EU unions with robots

Amazon was facing strikes at warehouses in Germany, its second-biggest market. Unions there say the company has imported American-style business practices — in particular, an antipathy to organized labor — that stand at odds with European norms. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/08/05/business/workers-of-amazon-divergent.html   “In Germany, the idea that warehouse workers are going to be getting opposition from an employer when […]

New leaks published from Snowden expose NSA’s XKeyscore

The Guardian newspaper published slides leaked by Edward Snowden that detail a secret US surveillance system known as XKeyscore. It reportedly enables American intelligence to monitor “nearly everything a typical user does on the internet”.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23522565   A series of slides describing XKeyscore, dated 2008, make it clear that the security agency system is collecting […]

Military Industrial Complex continues to suck the DOD tit

The Defense Department on Tuesday announced an agreement in principle to buy 71 more F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin at somewhat lower prices than last year. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/31/business/pentagon-buys-71-more-f-35s-from-lockheed-martin.html?ref=us  People briefed on the latest deal, which includes ancillary equipment, said it was worth more of what is by far the Pentagon’s largest program, which could cost […]

DARPA accelerates combat robot research with cash prize

A Pentagon-financed humanoid robot named Atlas made its first public appearance on Thursday. Some see Atlas’s unveiling as a giant step toward the long-anticipated age of humanoid robots. “A new species, Robo sapiens, are emerging,”   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/12/science/modest-debut-of-atlas-may-foreshadow-age-of-robo-sapiens.html?pagewanted=1&hp  The robot is equipped with both laser and stereo vision systems, as well as dexterous hands. The debut of […]

Drones lead western imperialism in Africa

Nearly every day, and sometimes twice daily, an unarmed American drone soars skyward from a secluded military airfield in Niger, starting a surveillance mission of 10 hours or more to track militants in neighboring Mali. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/11/world/africa/drones-in-niger-reflect-new-us-approach-in-terror-fight.html?pagewanted=1&ref=world The two MQ-9 Reapers that are based here stream live video and data from other sensors to American analysts […]

FBI admits using drones over US

The FBI has used drones for surveillance in limited cases over US soil. The director, Robert Mueller, said the FBI was in the “initial stages” of developing drone policies. He said the agency had “very few” drones and had used them in “a very minimal way” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22976598 Mr Mueller described the drone use in testimony […]

EU agrees on drone surveillance program

Three European aerospace companies called on Europe to launch its own independent drone programme to equip armies across the continent. “European sovereignty and independence in the management of information and intelligence would be guaranteed while at the same time delivering a robust system resilient against cyber attacks,” Northrop Grumman signed a $1.7 billion (1 billion […]

Snowden used encryption to first contact harrassed filmmaker

Laura Poitras, who won a MacArthur “genius” grant last year and was nominated for an Oscar for “My Country,” is already living and working outside the country after six years of being questioned at the border — “upwards of 40 times, probably more, I lost count” — and having her laptop seized, her notes copied. […]