Pentagon Seeks Laser-Powered Bat Drones. Really.

A new contest seeks flight systems inspired by Mother Nature and powered by directed-energy beams. Tired: multi-rotor copters and fixed-wing drones. Wired: flying robots that move like living animals, are crafted of next-generation materials, and draw their power not from batteries but energy beamed from nearby aircraft. On Wednesday, the the Defense […]

Google’s AI Center in China: Poaching Talent

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already fundamentally changing information technology and stands poised to permeate and transform technology both online and off ranging from manufacturing and transportation to medicine and military applications. The US, Russia and China have all noted that dominance in this field of technology will be an essential […]

Battlefield soldiers to get Alexa-style assistant to help reveal enemy’s location

Now US scientists are developing a similar Artificial Intelligence system which may accompany all soldiers on the battlefield within just 10 years. Like the fictional JARVIS – which stands for “Just A Rather Very Intelligent System” –  the technology will allow soldiers to converse with their omniscient companion to interpret […]

‘Toward a cashless society’ – Gov’t to limit cash transactions

Finance Ministry pushing to limit use of cash, checks between private individuals, businesses. Cash payments over $1450 to be banned. Israel’s Finance Ministry is pushing to limit the use of cash in private business transactions, both between customers and businesses, as well as between private individuals. Based on the findings […]

‘Multiple’ fatalities as Amtrak train derails, dangles over highway in Washington state

DUPONT, Wash. — An Amtrak train on its inaugural run derailed south of Seattle on Monday, causing multiple deaths and injuries as rail cars plunged off a bridge over a traffic-clogged interstate, authorities said. AT least five vehicles on I-5 were struck by derailed train cars tumbling down from the tracks above, Pierce County […]

China will collect the DNA of every adult in Xinjiang province, where Uyghur people are systematically oppressed

Xinjiang province is the site of intense surveillance and oppression, even by Chinese standards; it’s home to the largely Muslim Uyghur minority, and a combination of racism and Islamaphobia drive a uniquely intrusive grade of policing and surveillance. The Chinese government is undertaking a “Population Registration Program” that involves gathering […]

Martial Law In America: Cook County Commissioner Asks The U.N. To Send Troops To Chicago

Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin recently met with the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations during which he requested that the world governing body send troops onto the violence-plagued streets of Chicago. While no one can deny the fact that Chicago is essentially a war zone, the fact that […]