Saturday 31st of July 2021

army fodder vs artificial intelligence...






















An AI arms race is already underway. That's the blunt warning from Germany's foreign minister, Heiko Maas.

"We're right in the middle of it. That's the reality we have to deal with," Maas told DW, speaking in a new DW documentary, "Future Wars — and How to Prevent Them."

It's a reality at the heart of the struggle for supremacy between the world's greatest powers.

"This is a race that cuts across the military and the civilian fields," said Amandeep Singh Gill, former chair of the United Nations group of governmental experts on lethal autonomous weapons. "This is a multi-trillion dollar question." 


This is apparent in a recent report from the United States' National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. It speaks of a "new warfighting paradigm" pitting "algorithms against algorithms," and urges massive investments "to continuously out-innovate potential adversaries."

And you can see it in China's latest five-year plan, which places AI at the center of a relentless ramp-up in research and development, while the People's Liberation Army girds for a future of what it calls "intelligentized warfare."

As Russian President Vladimir Putin put it as early as 2017, "whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world."


But it's not only great powers piling in.

Much further down the pecking order of global power, this new era is a battle-tested reality.


Watershed war

In late 2020, as the world was consumed by the pandemic, festering tensions in the Caucasus erupted into war.

It looked like a textbook regional conflict, with Azerbaijan and Armenia fighting over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. But for those paying attention, this was a watershed in warfare.

"The really important aspect of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, in my view, was the use of these loitering munitions, so-called 'kamikaze drones' — these pretty autonomous systems," said Ulrike Franke, an expert on drone warfare at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Bombs that loiter in the air

Advanced loitering munitions models are capable of a high degree of autonomy. Once launched, they fly to a defined target area, where they "loiter," scanning for targets — typically air defense systems.

Once they detect a target, they fly into it, destroying it on impact with an onboard payload of explosives; hence the nickname "kamikaze drones."

"They also had been used in some way or form before — but here, they really showed their usefulness," Franke explained. "It was shown how difficult it is to fight against these systems."

Research by the Center for Strategic and International Studies showed that Azerbaijan had a massive edge in loitering munitions, with more than 200 units of four sophisticated Israeli designs. Armenia had a single domestic model at its disposal.

Other militaries took note.

"Since the conflict, you could definitely see a certain uptick in interest in loitering munitions," said Franke. "We have seen more armed forces around the world acquiring or wanting to acquire these loitering munitions."


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gus loves the USA...


WHY I LOVE THE USA by Gus Leonisky



The USA: —


— are humble.


— defend us from terrorism that they instigate in some other countries to defend us against.


— win wars all the time forever.


— are a country where ANYONE can become President (even someone called TRUMP) as long as you’re rich or have been a lobbyist’s lover forever (otherwise known as a politician) and are a (necessarily) believer in Christendom. God bless America.


— are a place where EVERYONE can buy, own and carry a gun as long as you’re insane (note: most of the Americans are insane and have a gun).


— are not patronising.


— have a big army (the biggest by far).


— have nukes (the most).


— have a Pentagon with five sides:


              War is the last option


              War is the first option


              War is an option


              Peace is not an option


              No war, no gain.


— are generous to a fault with countries such as Iran, China and Russia.


— have invented the dollar which is equivalent to being in love, for many people.


— are not racist.


— have freedom of speech (unless you try to say something).


— are the bastion of world justice (especially if your name is Assange).


— love competition and games as long as you lose.


— do not spy on you for no reason.


— make hamburgers and fizzy drinks like on-one else.


— are proud to be fat (a lot more fat people in the USA than in starving Biafra).


— are proud to be thin (less thin people in the USA than in starving Biafra).


— have invented the movie star syndrome (mostly thin) to replace the (old) English royal syndrome.


— have the best singers in the world (apart from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Australasia).


— have 24/7 oil pumps for crude.


— are great (gunboat) diplomats.


— never boast about being the best, the most important or the irreplaceable exceptionalists.


— play American football like no other nation in the universe.


— have clam chowder…


— make the best musicals (mostly because they’re useless at serious opera).


— have the best sense of humor when it comes to humour.


— are where aliens always crash their spacecrafts.


— are culturally refined with sophistication from a catsup bottle...


— owe the rest of the world about 30 trillion dollars and have no intention of paying up.


— often negotiate with a gun to your head (an amusing sanction, a discreet threat or a boot to your arse).


— are promiscuous like movie stars.


— have the best prisons in the world.


— invented the personal computer (and smartphone) that have controlled our life ever since, as they collect “our data".


— make no mistake. They are perfect.





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