The Pentagon’s classified plan to create Skynet

Despite growing concerns from experts and the public about the security of increasingly interconnected machine networks and the potential dangers of artificial intelligence leading to "killer robot" technology, top military strategists are pushing forward with ambitious plans to vastly expand the Defense Department's concept of "network centric warfare." In a recent article on the Pentagon's … Continue reading The Pentagon’s classified plan to create Skynet

Robot makers haven’t fixed security flaws, researchers say

  Several robot manufacturers were warned earlier this year of vulnerabilities in the security of their products, but most of the problems have yet to be fixed, the researchers who identified them say, according to Reuters. "In this research, we focused on home, business, and industrial robots, in addition to robot control software used by … Continue reading Robot makers haven’t fixed security flaws, researchers say

Drone security lags behind counter-drone tech

The US government's use of unmanned drones has been an open secret for some time. It has been over three years since President Obama admitted that multiple Americans have been killed in drone strikes overseas, and also since the FBI admitted to using surveillance drones to monitor US citizens. This year, the Pentagon has even … Continue reading Drone security lags behind counter-drone tech

Govt. coercion unnecessary as fashion-conscious biohackers RFID tag themselves

Artificial augmentation of living things is apparently all the rage, or at least a growing trend. But while media coverage largely focuses on the positives (as with much tech reporting) there is also plenty to be wary of as we move further towards melding with machines. Last week, the US Office of Naval Research reportedly … Continue reading Govt. coercion unnecessary as fashion-conscious biohackers RFID tag themselves

Complications of Letting A.I. Take the Wheel

Self-driving cars will likely soon be a common sight on roads throughout America and the rest of the world. But as these autonomous vehicles become a reality, their introduction to the market and to real-world driving situations raises safety and ethical questions. The extent to which self-driving cars will fully replace human-driven ones remains unclear. … Continue reading Complications of Letting A.I. Take the Wheel

Tech Giants Promote Dystopian ‘Smart Homes’

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated," the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states. While we still have the right -at least on paper - to privacy in our homes, however, many AmericansĀ appear increasingly willing to trade … Continue reading Tech Giants Promote Dystopian ‘Smart Homes’

‘Internet of Things’ Scanners, Pricy and Cheap

  It was reported this week that Qadium, a "global Internet sensing" company run by a former CIA analyst and consultant for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has raised an additional $20 million in funding, after previously receiving more than $10 million in Department of Defense contracts. The company, which is billing its … Continue reading ‘Internet of Things’ Scanners, Pricy and Cheap