Robots pull the trigger
The grim-looking murder bots are likely to fill the hole left in the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people when the British withdrew their blood-thirsty badgers.
Robots are also needed to fill the ranks of a military that is desperately short of troops and facing growing criticism over civilian deaths. While flesh-and-blood troops can be subject to embarrassing prosecutions, robots have an advantage that must surely appeal to the Bush administration. Being a robot means you never have to say you're sorry. (cont..)
With unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and ground-based Sword robots already in frequent use by the US military, the Pentagon is now hoping to refine its robotic warriors to the point where they are not controlled remotely by humans but by their own "consciences" in determining actions, including when to use lethal force.
There are two types of robot warriors: robots as extensions of human soldiers, in which human operators make all decisions relating to the use of deadly force, and the autonomous robot, which would make its own decisions on the same, based on programmed ethical principles.
This would require what Ronald Arkin of the Georgia Institute of Technology, who is working on the rules of engagement for these new soldier robots, describes as a "multidimensional mathematical decision-space of possible behavior actions." (Cont..)
Identifying a terrorist traveling incognito among passengers in a crowded, busy airport can be a security challenge akin to looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack.An Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) professor has received a $300,000 military grant to develop a video surveillance system for homeland security that uses a biometrics technique – iris recognition – to identify suspects seeking to avoid detection. (Cont..)
Northrop Grumman Contributes Expertise to Military Exercise Testing Emerging Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Concepts
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Aug. 3, 2007 - Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) recent participation in a joint military exercise will enhance its work with the U.S. Joint Forces Command to improve how military forces conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).
Northrop Grumman contributed its modeling, simulation and analysis expertise to Empire Challenge 07, a demonstration of how coalition forces can work together to collect, analyze and share information. The exercise, sponsored by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and involving multiple U.S. government agencies and coalition nations, was conducted July 9-27 at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif. (Cont..)
Doomsday Simulations Help U.S. Gird for Hurricanes, Terrorism
Aug. 3 (Bloomberg) -- The computer screen shows a toxic cloud rolling slowly over buildings, a visualization that permits scientists to record every lethal swirl and eddy and to calculate the toll for a city's residents.
It's a far cry from ``The Sims,'' an addictive computer game that lets users create a virtual universe. As displayed on computers nicknamed ``Coyote'' and ``Thunderbird,'' disaster simulations conducted under a $25 million program run by Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories are helping the U.S. government predict the impact of chemical or biological attacks, killer hurricanes, or accidents such as the collapse of the bridge on the main highway into Minneapolis.
For years, simulations have helped manage the nuclear- weapons stockpile and conduct war games. Now disaster planners are using them to create a ``virtual U.S.'' in which scientists gird for worst-case scenarios to test the vulnerability of the country's infrastructure, former White House counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke said.
Simulation programs permit scientists to ``imagine a whole series of events and one by one run the tests,'' said Clarke, an early booster of the technique. ``It's as close to reality as you can get.''
Spurred by the twin disasters of Sept. 11 and Hurricane Katrina, officials at the Department of Homeland Security have gotten the message. They're using graphic modeling to predict a disaster's human and economic toll, expose weak spots in defenses and train policy makers in improving their crisis responses. (Cont..)
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