Resistance is futile and the Rise of the Killer Robots

Killer robots will leave humans ‘utterly defenceless’ warns professor

Robots, called LAWS – lethal autonomous weapons systems – will be able to kill without human intervention

Killer robots in development could leave humans ‘uttlery defenceless’ a leading academic has warned Photo: Warner Br/Everett/REX

Killer robots which are being developed by the US military ‘will leave humans utterly defenceless‘, an academic has warned.

Two programmes commissioned by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are seeking to create drones which can track and kill targets even when out of contact with their handlers.

Writing in the journal Nature, Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkley, said the research could breach the Geneva Convention and leave humanity in the hands of amoral machines.

“Autonomous weapons systems select and engage targets without human intervention; they become lethal when those targets include humans,” he said.

“Existing AI and robotics components can provide physical platforms, perception, motor control, navigation, mapping, tactical decision-making and long-term planning. They just need to be combined.

“In my view, the overriding concern should be the probable endpoint of this technological trajectory.

“Despite the limits imposed by physics, one can expect platforms deployed in the millions, the agility and lethality of which will leave humans utterly defenceless. This is not a desirable future.”

Some experts say armed killer robots are just a ‘ small step’ away

• Killer robots a small step away and must be outlawed, says UN official
• Britain prepared to develop ‘killer robots’, minister says

The robots, called LAWS – lethal autonomous weapons systems – are likely to be armed quadcopters of mini-tanks that can decided without human intervention who should live or die.

DARPA is currently working on two projects which could lead to killer bots. One is Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) which is designing a tiny rotorcraft to manoeuvre unaided at high speed in urban areas and inside buildings. The other and Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment (CODE), is aiming to develop teams of autonomous aerial vehicles carrying out “all steps of a strike mission — find, fix, track, target, engage, assess” in situations in which enemy signal-jamming makes communication with a human commander impossible.

Last year Angela Kane, the UN’s high representative for disarmament, said killer robots were just a ‘small step’ away and called for a worldwide ban. But the Foreign Office has said while the technology had potentially “terrifying” implications, Britain “reserves the right” to develop it to protect troops.

Professor Russell said: “LAWS could violate fundamental principles of human dignity by allowing machines to choose whom to kill — for example, they might be tasked to eliminate anyone exhibiting ‘threatening behaviour’

“Debates should be organized at scientific meetings; arguments studied by ethics committees. Doing nothing is a vote in favour of continued development and deployment.”

However Dr Sabine Hauert, a lecturer in robotics at the University of Bristol said that the public did not need to fear the developments in aritifical intelligence.

“My colleagues and I spend dinner parties explaining that we are not evil but instead have been working for years to develop systems that could help the elderly, improve health care, make jobs safer and more efficient, and allow us to explore space or beneath the ocean,” she said.

Counter-electronics High-powered microwave Advanced Missile Project.

Counter-electronics High-powered microwave Advanced Missile Project.

The silent missile that can destroy enemy electronics with microwave PULSES: Air Force confirms terrifying new weapon

  • Named counter-electronics high-powered microwave advanced missile
  • Weapon destroys electronic systems without hurting people or buildings
  • Champ is now an ‘operational system already in [the] tactical air force’ 
  • Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range has been chosen as the delivery vehicle

From Ocean’s Eleven to Star Trek, weapons that wipe out enemy electronics are a staple of science fiction films.

For years, scientists have been attempting to create such a weapon as part of Champ, or the Counter-electronics High-powered microwave Advanced Missile Project.

Now, the US Air Force claims it has advanced the technology, and says it can deploy it using the stealthy Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM).

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For years, scientists have been attempting to turn fantasy into reality by working on a system known as Champ, or Counter-electronics High-powered microwave Advanced Missile Project

For years, scientists have been attempting to turn fantasy into reality by working on a system known as Champ, or Counter-electronics High-powered microwave Advanced Missile Project

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The missile is equipped with an electromagnetic pulse cannon.

This uses a super-powerful microwave oven to generate a concentrated beam of energy.

The energy causes voltage surges in electronic equipment, rendering them useless before surge protectors have the chance to react.

The aim is to destroy an enemy’s command, control, communication and computing, surveillance and intelligence capabilities without hurting people or infrastructure.

According to Foxtrot Alpha, once integrated into JASSM, Champ will be a ‘first day of war’ standoff weapon.

Because it can be launched by both bombers and fighters, Lockheed’s Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, or JASSM, is an ideal platform for Champ.

‘The capability is real … and the technology can be available today,’ said Major General Thomas Masiello, the Air Force Research Laboratory.

‘That’s an operational system already in our tactical air force’

In 2012, aircraft manufacturer Boeing successfully tested the weapon on a one-hour flight during which it knocked out the computers of an entire military compound.

During Boeing’s experiment, the missile flew low over the Utah Test and Training Range, discharging electromagnetic pulses on to seven targets, permanently shutting down their electronics.

Boeing said that the test was so successful even the camera recording it was disabled.

Although the project is shrouded in secrecy, experts believe the missile is equipped with an electromagnetic pulse cannon.

This uses a super-powerful microwave oven to generate a concentrated beam of energy which causes voltage surges in electronic equipment, rendering them useless before surge protectors have the chance to react.

The missile is equipped with an electromagnetic pulse cannon. This uses a super-powerful microwave oven to generate a concentrated beam of energy. The energy causes voltage surges in electronic equipment, rendering them useless before surge protectors have the chance to react

The missile is equipped with an electromagnetic pulse cannon. This uses a super-powerful microwave oven to generate a concentrated beam of energy. The energy causes voltage surges in electronic equipment, rendering them useless before surge protectors have the chance to react

Keith Coleman, Champ programme manager for Boeing’s prototype arm Phantom Works, claims the technology marked ‘a new era in modern warfare’.

‘In the near future, this technology may be used to render an enemy’s electronic and data systems useless even before the first troops or aircraft arrive,’ he said during the initial test.

However, experts fear that the project could create an arms race, with countries scrambling to build their own electromagnetic pulse weapons.

Professor Trevor Taylor, Professorial Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, has previously said the Western world would be more vulnerable attack because of its increased reliance on electronics.

‘Should the US be known to have developed such a technology to the production stage, it would drive others to try to act similarly,’ he said.

The US Air Force claims Champ has found an ideal delivery vehicle; the stealthy Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (pictured)

The US Air Force claims Champ has found an ideal delivery vehicle; the stealthy Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-

Oak Ridge National Laboratory maps the areas likely to be blacked out in the event of a high-altitude nuclear EMP attack on the US

Judge stands up against Obama amnesty plan!

BREAKING: In A HUGE Blow To The President, Appeals Court Has Just Upheld Block On Amnesty

A sharp rebuke for a president already reeling from one major court defeat…

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In a stunning setback to President Obama’s effort to defer deportation and grant certain citizenship rights to millions of illegal immigrants, a federal appeals court has just upheld an injunction blocking Obama’s executive order on amnesty. The Washington Times reports that the highly anticipated ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit marks the second major legal setback for an administration that was skirting the Congress and charging ahead on its highly controversial program to defer deportation for as many as 5 million illegals.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of Texas, which had sued to stop the amnesty, on all key points, finding that Mr. Obama’s amnesty likely broke the law governing how big policies are to be written.

“The public interest favors maintenance of the injunction,” the judges wrote in the majority opinion.

As Western Journalism has reported, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas recently refused to lift his order temporarily blocking the president’s unilateral action on amnesty. The angry judge also issued what The Washington Examiner called “a scathing rebuke” to Obama’s lawyers for “misleading” him about steps the administration had already taken to implement the president’s amnesty orders.

Obama’s Justice Department had asked the three-judge Appeals Court to reverse Judge Hanen’s order temporarily blocking the amnesty plan. Hanen’s original order to put the brakes on the president’s executive action was in response to a lawsuit filed by 26 states alleging Obama’s unilateral orders on amnesty were unconstitutional.

A Fox News report on Tuesday’s split-decision Appeals Court defeat for Obama notes: “The states suing to block the plan, led by Texas, argue that Obama acted outside his authority and that the changes would force them to invest more in law enforcement, health care and education. But the White House has said the president acted within his powers to fix a ‘broken immigration system.’”

In Tuesday’s ruling, the two 5th Circuit judges who voted to deny the stay and thus keep the injunction in force said in a written opinion that the federal government’s lawyers are unlikely to succeed on the merits of that appeal.

Is it time for a Billionaire tax to support small business in the United States?

According to Forbes there are 536 Billionaires in the United States in 2015 http://www.forbes.com/billionaires/list/#version:static_search:united%20states
Their total Net Worth equals over 2.5 Trillion dollars.
10% equals over 250 Billion dollars

Now being a Pirate that sounds like a lot of booty that is not necessarily working for the US economy.

Now I am a conservative and have always been against excessive government taxes against individuals.
But never in my wildest dreams did I think so few would hoard so much of the the worlds assets.

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We need to ask:

  • how much does one individual need?
  • Can this hidden wealth be used to stimulate the economy of the United States and create 1000’s of jobs?
  • Should we put cap on an individuals earnings if the accumulation of wealth damages the economy?
  • How could over $250 Billion dollars be used to stimulate the economy of the United States?

I know what you are thinking. What if we took the 250 Billion and divided it up amongst the population?
Based on a population of 300 Million that would be a paltry $800 each. It may help short term but do nothing long term for the economy.

But what if we used a nice round number like 1,000,000 loans to Americans? That would equal $250,000 each.
Now you ask “What would I do if I was given $250,000?” Most would say “Buy a house” or “Go on a vacation”.
Both are great ideas, but would only have a short term impact.

Now ask yourself what would an entrepreneur do with $250,000?
That one is easy START A BUSINESS

A small business is the heart of America. Every town in America has one.
They provide service, they feed America, they employ Millions!

Think about it.
What if we create a non profit annuity that supplies $250,000 tax free startup loans to entrepreneurs across America?

What if we made it easy to qualify for?
Would you want to live your dream and be your own boss?

In my mind, this is how it would work.

Every 5 years ALL BILLIONAIRES in the United States donate 1/10th of their net worth to the fund. This can be handled as a tax write off of some sort. In all honesty most Billionaires should feel good about this as the funds will go to growing the economy that they depend on to make more Billions.

The non-profit will have a goal of loaning out 200,000 $200,000 loans a year at zero interest.
That roughly equals 40 Billion dollars a year into the economy! The remainder creates an annuity to earn interest and to make additional loans annually.

Funds will also be used to create an online small business education system where potential business owners and learn how to write a business plan, deal with finances including taxes and learn about hiring and training employees.

Here is who we lend to:

  • New  / Very Small emerging business
  • Entrepreneurs in every state
  • 25% To existing very small businesses
  • 25% to minority / economically disadvantaged, primarily in urban areas
  • 50% to applicants who demonstrate and provide a valid feasible business plan and have a net worth of under $100,000

Here are some sample goals:

  • Participate in a mentor program
  • Complete basic online financial classes
  • Produce a business plan for a sustainable long term successful business
  • Create a profitable business
  • Create at least 3 new jobs
  • Make money honestly and ethically and pay your taxes.

Loan payback:

  • Stay small pay back 1/2 loan with zero interest.
  • Grow, thrive and exceed goals payback reduced to zero in 5 years

Obviously this is still at the 30,000 ft level, but I think the theory is sound.
The $250,00 is just a number. Some businesses may need more, some less.

I cannot think of anything better than being able to reward citizens and finance their dreams.
If it works the $250,000,000,000 could easily create the next generation of millionaires who started with a small businees. And just maybe there could be some future billionaires created also,

So my question is: What Billionaire will be the first to step up to the plate and donate?

Hillary destabilized the Middle East and made MILLIONS for her and Bill

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Is another Clinton Impeachment coming?

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Clinton Foundation Donors Got Weapons Deals From Hillary Clinton’s State Department

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Under Hillary Clinton, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments had given millions to the Clinton Foundation. Yana Paskova/Getty Images

Even by the standards of arms deals between the United States and Saudi Arabia, this one was enormous. A consortium of American defense contractors led by Boeing would deliver $29 billion worth of advanced fighter jets to the United States’ oil-rich ally in the Middle East.

Israeli officials were agitated, reportedly complaining to the Obama administration that this substantial enhancement to Saudi air power risked disrupting the region’s fragile balance of power. The deal appeared to collide with the State Department’s documented concerns about the repressive policies of the Saudi royal family.

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Does America need another 9/11 or Pearl Harbor to survive? Will it happen soon?

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America is in crisis.
The total incompetence in Washington is in the process of turning this once great nation into a 3rd world country and nobody seems to care.

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Clinton and Obama have destabilized the middle East, funded and encouraged the rise of ISIS and radical Muslims and seem to encourage the genocide of Christians worldwide.  The United States, once considered a leader and defender of the free world is now considered a joke. Benghazi was just a coverup of illegal arm sales to radicals to overthrow and encourage more war in the middle east.

Domestically Obama has opened our borders and allows the free flow of illegal aliens, terrorists and is in the process of bringing in hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees from Syria. At the same time he is ripping at the fabric of our society banning GOD wherever he can. He has destroyed a working health…

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