Military

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Armed Forces and the Technology of War

War Technology in the Second Machine Age

This department looks at the development of military hardware and AI.

An eye for high explosives

Fluorescent polymer points the finger at traces of explosive devices. Bomb plots could be thwarted with the help of a portable system for detecting traces of high explosives using fluorescent polymer nanoparticles1, developed by A*STAR. Coated on to paper, these polymers display an explosive-detection performance far more robust than previous materials with similar properties.

World’s tech leaders urge UN to ban killer robots

An open letter by 116 tech leaders from 26 countries urges the United Nations against opening the ‘Pandora’s box’ of lethal robot weapons. “Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare,” the letter states. “Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend.”

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Warfare

Summary Both military and commercial robots will in the future incorporate ‘artificial intelligence’ (AI) that could make them capable of undertaking tasks and missions on their own. In the military context, this gives rise to a debate as to whether such robots should...

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