The winner of the next big conflict will be the side with the best understanding of how to use bots in warfare. Bots aren't just an iterative improvement in warfare, like stealth or PGMs, it's a revolution in the making. The US military, to its credit, is working on this. So far, the US military has identified three (out of nearly a dozen) of the foundational ideas needed to successfully employ bots in warfare:
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The FBI wants access to the encrypted data on an iphone owned by one of the the San Bernardino terrorists. The FBI has already gotten access to the data this iphone uploaded to Apple's cloud. However, the FBI thinks there is more data on the phone that wasn't uploaded. Here's a quick recap:
"The fault line in American politics is no longer Republican vs. Democrat nor conservative vs. liberal but establishment vs. anti-establishment. This is an inevitable result of serial failure in establishment policies." Failure as a Way of Life Bill Lind
Last year I was hired to craft a long term vision for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on how autonomous robots should be used to radically improve how the US military fights wars.
This year I will be sharing my thinking with you.
The current revolution in robotics is due to rapid advances in the ability of robots to think.
I spent 2015 thinking and writing about the future of warfare while working for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Specifically, I was tasked with figuring out how autonomous robotics could/would change warfare over the next twenty years, and how the US military could exploit that change.
Germany needs young people. Its population is dwindling. It doesn't have enough of them to support a rapidly aging German population.
What is culture? In the broad sense, it's a way of life. More specifically, it's a basket of shared behaviors that determine how we solve problems, define success, and treat each other.
Estimate: 2030. About 15 years for this to become a truism. Amazingly fast given the magnitude of the change.
In the 19th and 20th century, illiteracy was seen as an inability to read or write. Illiteracy damaged your economic prospects and your ability to function in society as a whole.
With the arrival of the Internet (and the world of knowledge it connects you to), being illiterate is increasingly being seen as an inability to learn on your own.
All of the big tech companies are now open sourcing their AI (deep learning) software. They are also open sourcing the hardware designs of the machines needed to train the software.
That's a big deal. This new approach to AI is proving so powerful and useful, its use is growing exponentially (see image below).
Here's a simple question.
Is Islamic terrorism the product of:
Option A: A tiny, fringe element. Dead-enders. Crazies. -or-
Option B: A growing puritanical movement. Fanatics.
Before you answer this question, consider this.
The popular belief, from individuals to the government, is that option A is correct. This makes sense. More than a decade of experience "fighting" al Qaeda supports it.