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Air Force Actively Pursuing Artificial Intelligence for Drones

Is Air Force’s latest AI gamble more R2D2 or T-800?

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Countless science fiction movies has revolved around the possibility of artificially intelligent weapons turning on the human population, thanks to the technologically terrifying concept of machine-born sentience.

Perhaps the most famous example of this comes to us from the Terminator movie series in which the fictional Skynet company unleashes droves of robotic, AI-driven soldiers and aircraft that soon turn on the human race, eliminating mankind with ease.

This is, of course, a dramatic and drastic story that could only occur in Hollywood…right?

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The Air Force wants to see if AI-powered autonomous drones can help human pilots better perform their mission. In a press release, the Air Force said it was seeking input from the tech industry in a new AI initiative for autonomous drones it calls Skyborg. Still in its planning stages, the Air Force is looking for market research and concept of operations analysis for Skyborg to get a sense of what technologies are out there for such a fleet. It is seeking to launch protoypes of the autonomous drones as early as 2023.

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What exactly would the autonomous drones under Skyborg do? According to a request for information filed on March 15, the Air Force wants the system to avoid other aircraft, terrain, obstacles, and hazardous weather. The system should allow drones to take-off and land independently. Skyborg should also be able to be operated by humans with little or no pilot or engineering experience.

And while this certainly conjures images of terrified humans, running from airborne killing machines with help from Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Air Force would rather reference a much different science fiction film.

In short, Skyborg would be to a human pilot like R2D2 is to Skywalker. Will Roper, the Air Force assistant secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, made the Star Wars reference at a conference earlier this month, reported C4ISRNet. Skyborg could respond to or anticipate a human pilot’s commands. Or a pilot could send Skyborg in their place to an airspace filled with enemy planes and avoid danger.

As much as Skyborg is meant to sound like a “flying buddy”, the potential for disaster seems to be lurking right around the corner as well, given the exponential evolution of high-level computing and AI itself.

 

 

 

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White People Are ‘Closer to Animals’ & ‘True Savages’ Says Nick Cannon, Whose Contract Was Just Terminated

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Nick Cannon is a comedian, actor, TV host, racist, rapper, and father to a couple of Mariah Carey’s kids. Did you catch the racist part? That one shouldn’t go overlooked. On Tuesday, the former Nickelodeon star was canned from one of his gigs for anti-white and anti-Semitic comments. From Daily Wire: “The Masked Singer” host Nick Cannon lit up the internet this past weekend when he said that white people are inferior to black people due to the lack of melanin in their skin. Speaking on an episode of “Cannon’s Class,” the television host argued that “melanated people” have a natural sense of compassion and soul that white people lack, creating jealousy and fear that causes them to act out in evil ways. Cannon said, “They had to be savages, they had to be barbaric, because they’re in these Nordic mountains, they’re in these rough environments, so they’re acting as animals. So they are the ones that are actually closer to animals, they are the ones that are actually the true savages.” WATCH: https://twitter.com/Adam4d/status/1283087941271801861?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1283087941271801861%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailywire.com%2Fnews%2Fwatch-nick-cannon-white-people-are-a-little-less-closer-to-animals-true-savages And here’s the part where Nick gets fired… ViacomCBS announced late on Tuesday evening that they had terminated their relationship with left-wing entertainer Nick Cannon after the actor made remarks that were widely deemed to be anti-Semitic on his podcast. “ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism,” the company said in a statement. “We have spoken with Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast ‘Cannon’s Class’ on YouTube, which promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.” Nick, Nick, Nick. SMH.

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Black Community Leaders Calling for Comeback of Anti-Crime Unit Due to NYC Crime Spike

Listen up, de Blasio!

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You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Those aren’t just great song lyrics, as the words can be applied to anything and everything a person takes for granted. Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo might want to take note. Check this out, from TDW: Leaders in the black community in New York City are calling on the New York City Police Department to deal with the recent crime surge in the city by reinstating the plainclothes anti-crime unit that the department recently dismantled as anti-police sentiment exploded in wake of the death of George Floyd. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former cop, “became the second member of the African-American community to call on the NYPD to stop the violence by re-instituting the Anti-Crime Unit — undercover cops whose job was to get guns off the street,” CBS New York reported. “This, as shootings for the week went up 277%, 49 compared to 13 in 2019. The number of victims is up 253%, 60 compared to 17 in 2019.” Weren’t we told by lefties that crime would decrease if there were less police officers on the streets? Isn’t that basically what the first lady of New York City said, herself? From New York Post: Shootings are surging this week in New York City, with 28 incidents and 38 victims reported since Monday — the day the NYPD disbanded its plainclothes anti-crime unit, The Post learned on Friday. By comparison, the same week last year there were only 12 shootings for the entire week. More from Twitter on De Blasio’s NYC… https://twitter.com/johncardillo/status/1274474571169660928 https://twitter.com/T_S_P_O_O_K_Y/status/1274499828886712322 https://twitter.com/STJhoopsfan/status/1274400239441584129 https://twitter.com/KarlaRenee18/status/1274144779404742663 https://twitter.com/JedediahBila/status/1274437754227699713 https://twitter.com/NYCMayor/status/1273982556430577665

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