Unmaned Jets to be Backed by “Arsenal Planes”

Technology changes, every day it shifts and moves. A major area for technological advancement is the military. Companies and governments pay billions to advance technology in everything from bulletproof walls to injectable sponges. One of the areas for advancement is drones or unmanned aircraft. The problem is that these craft need to not only be smarter but also built for stealth, something strapping a few weapons to them doesn’t help with. The proposed solution, back up the stealthy ones with the big guns mounted to an ‘arsenal plane’.

Traditional unmanned planes can only equip a few weapons, the problem being that they just become too big and end up drawing too much attention on radar. The solution proposed by the Defence Department budget, is that they would instead have an arsenal plane behind the stealth jet.

Described as “a flying launch for all sorts of different conventional payloads. In practice, the arsenal plane will function as a very large airborne magazine, networked to 5th-generation aircraft that act as forward sensor and targeting nodes”. While not a new idea the concept of a small jet being the precursor to a giant multi-purpose airstrike is certainly a frightful one.

With the reuse of old craft to save on costs, the issue of strapping a lot of explosives to an outdated model surely raises some heath and safety questions.

A Sword Made Entirely From Post-It Notes!?

Epic weapons, we’ve all seen them. You’ve been in a video game or watching a movie and suddenly your mouth drops open as you see a weapon you just wish was real so that you could hold it in your hands (or maybe even stand on it). From the classic hum of a lightsaber to the jagged edges of a diamond pickaxe we’ve all wanted to see them. Some people forge swords of steel while others carve them from wood so that you can see the pickaxe fly like a boomerang. What you’ve probably never done is made a kickass sword from post-it notes.

Based in Rome, Italy, Marco Ercoli is an artist with a unique twist on his sculptures; all of his sculptures are made from post-it notes. The sword pictured above is made up of 4,000 post-it notes is a complete one to one scale with an actual Katana, albeit a little more colorful.

The hand grenade shown is made up from 1,000 post-it notes or the sculpture titled “I Love America” (the pistol shown below) made up from 3,000 post-it notes. If these weren’t enough, why not try “The Sheep Stand Far From The Rainbow” (the absolutely amazing 1:1 replica of a car) with what I can only consider being countless post-it notes.

 

Time to waste some office supplies?

The Pentagon Wants $15bn Funding for Weaponised AI in 2017

The Pentagon has filed its fiscal budget for 2017, for which it is asking for between $12 billion and $15 billion to fund the development of artificial intelligence weapon technology, Business Insider reports.

“This is designed to make the human more effective in combat,” said US Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work at a Center for a New American Security conference on Monday. “We believe that the advantage we have is […] our people; that tech-savvy people who’ve grown up in the iWorld will kick the crap out of people who grew up in the iWorld under an authoritarian reign.”

While it will work closely with Congress to make its weaponised AI program cost-effective, the Pentagon’s work on artificial intelligence will be classified, the Deputy Defense Secretary added, saying, “I want our competitors to wonder what’s behind the black curtain.”

The project is set to include wearable devices, exoskeletons, co-operative systems to allow drones and manned planes to work together, huge drone mother ships to launch executive military missions, and “smart” missiles, that can autonomously identify and analyse new enemy targets to allow commanders to make real-time adjustments to the weapon’s trajectory.

While Work admits that there is “a lot of scepticism” within the Department of Defense regarding AI, he remains convinced that such weapons are “not only possible, but […] a requirement.”

Image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Fallout 4 Has A Room With Everything Inside It!

Bethesda has a reputation for making large games, from the olden world of Oblivion and more recently Skyrim to the barren Wastelands of Fallout 3 and most recently Fallout 4. Have you ever wondered though how you would go about testing so many weapons, items, pieces of armour and quest items? The easiest way is to collect everything, a library of magical items, laser cannons and nuclear weapons all collected in a single space. Are you interested yet?

The secret room, like with many features not intended to be found by everyone, can be found by typing in a console command (sorry, this means its PC available only). The command is “COC QASMOKE” and will transport your player to a room containing not just weapons and armour but every bobblehead, holotape and consumable in fallout 4.

If you want a glimpse of the room you can find it in the video below, warning there is some strong language in the video.

Fed up of that gentlemen who keeps blasting you away every time you get near? Maybe you don’t like the idea of giving yourself a super powerful weapon by console command, so why not just “relocate” your player for a bit, I mean it’s not like the AI will ever know… will it?

Weaponslist From Upcoming DOOM Closed-Alpha Leaked

DOOM is one of those games that started the modern gaming era for real and the newest addition to the game series is about to hit the closed alpha phase where previous players of Wolfenstein: The new Order can register for access to play. Now a few screenshots of the upcoming Alpha have hit the internet thanks to DSOG, but they sadly don’t show any in-game footage.

We’ve previously been teased with the new game, first with a 3-second trailer during E3 and later on a little early in-game video. This time we get a look at the weapons list, what will be available and what functions they have. The weapons look relative normal for DOOM from a function point of view and fans will be glad that the super shotgun is back, but fans have already called them both boring and lifeless.

We have to keep in mind that this is pre-early-alpha screenshots, so we can expect a lot to change, especially cosmetic, before the game ultimately launches. The closed alpha version of Doom will provide one multiplayer map, Heatwave, that should suit most play styles and allow players to get a feel for the game. The one available mode will be 6vs6 deathmatch in this early version, something that doesn’t remind me a lot of DOOM at all. I’d rather seen a normal deathmatch mode where everyone is against everyone.

Hawking Amongst People Who Call For Ban On Autonomous Weapons

Terminator, Matrix, lots of movies have the same plot, weapons which have very little or no control and they go haywire before finally taking over the world. I mean come on, even Power Rangers went and did the plot!

Now some of the biggest names in the world, Steven Hawkings and Steve Wozniak amongst them, have called for action to be taken to prevent automated weapons. That is, things like drones which match your face to a picture and then order a missile strike, all without a person pressing a single button.

Amongst the concerns raised are things such as an “AI arms race”, creating a generation of weapons which could act and expand, with everything from assassinations to terrorist acts being planned and conducted without anyone’s knowledge. While this letter stretches the definition of automated devices, the benefits exist in things such as robotics which can react to medical needs as soon as they appear.

With discussions going all the way to the United Nations, a ban on automated weapons could be getting closer. With big voices such as Steven Hawking speaking out against a danger that could end the world as we know it in a very short space of time.

Thank you Engadget for the information.

Image courtesy of BAE Systems.

The Onion Breaks Real Story

Oh the irony of this news which turns out that satirical website The Onion has apparently and accidentally broken a genuine breaking news story, which must have been a surprise to the editorial team.

The Onion published their standard comic style of article stating that the US had offered Israel a “nice big shipment of weapons” to try to abate its anger of the Iran nuclear Deal. It was a good piece until just 24 hours later there were reports in the standard truthful-ish media outlets that there were suspicions of this happening in real life. This was particularly noted by Israeli newspaper Haaretz, who compared the similarity to its own story which was published the following day that carried the headline, “Obama offers military upgrade to help Israel swallow bitter Iranian deal”.

Officials at the Pentagon have delivered a repost to these allegations by briefing the media over the weekend that, in fact, Israel would not be offered any weapons to make up for the Iran deal.

Sometimes satire has a funny way of holding a mirror up and predicting what is in fact true. If there were private negotiations behind the scenes between the US and Israel, then both sides would not publicly admit to it. Next time I’m going to think twice about that report of President Obama inventing jet boots before flying to the moon and high fiving an alien.

Thank You The Independent for providing us with this information

Image Courtesy of haaretz

GTA V: Ill-Gotten Gains Part 2 DLC Release Date Revealed

Rockstar has confirmed that GTA will be getting a part 2 to its Ill Gotten Gains pack, the pack features and array of new vehicles, which will launch on Wednesday the 8th of July. The new vehicles include the SUV Coil Brawler, the Lampadati Toro speedboat, the Progen T20 Supercar, the Vapid Chino with a custom plate, the Dinka Vindicator superbike and a new Inverto Coquette black fin model.

The DLC pack will also feature two new weapons for players to use the knuckle dusters for some more hand to hand carnage and an engraved marksman pistol, the pack will also be dropping with an array of new clothing and accessories and the Lab radio station. Rockstar have more plans to release another Ill-Gotten gains weekend starting the 10th of July. Plenty of more free content coming your way to Los Santos.

The pack offers a good amount of content and a few more hours of fun to the game not to mention adding more vehicles to collect and modify it’s great to see a continuous support of free content for the player base and hope to see more interesting DLC packs.

Do you look forward to the new array of vehicles and goodies?

Thank you VG24/7 for providing us with this information

Minecraft Diamonds Are 11 Times More Rare Than Real Ones

Minecraft players know how rare and extremely useful diamonds are in the game. They can be used to build the most durable tools and weapons. However, what few people know is that diamonds in the game are ridiculously scarcer than in real life.

An infographic from a metallurgy consulting firm shows that real diamonds form 0.02% to 0.18% of the Earth’s crust, while Minecraft gems have a ratio of 0.016% of the world.

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information

Halo Mod for Arma 3 Looks Amazing!

A Halo mod for Arma 3 released by Foehammer Studios has just been released under the name of The Eridanus Insurrection. Its description tells us that the mod focuses on the civil war between the UNSC (United Nations Space Command) and the Insurrectionists, who are various groups of rebel factions within the human colonies.

The mod is said to add a multitude of factions, wider variety of weaponry and vehicles and a custom-made terrain for users to play on when the final version is released. Currently, the mod is at its 0.1 alpha stage and can be downloaded from here.

Halo fans should know that the mod will not include Covenants or Master Chief himself. Still, the idea itself seems promising!

Thank you DSOGaming for providing us with this information

Watch: Vladmir Putin Gets Bored Over Quad Bike Riding Robot

Watching the video bellow, you might find yourself actually agreeing with Vladimir Putin for once.

He’s far from excited – and so will you be when you see this robot that rides a quad bike. In a landscape that looks as baron as the middle of Siberia, “the world’s most powerful person” looks less than impressed by Russia’s latest developments in military technology.

Apparently, this ‘rider’ is a “combat robot” that is part Russia’s efforts towards autonomous weapons. I don’t know if it’s just me, but where’s the “combat”?

Source: RT Via: The Next Web

Uncovered Hacking Plot Points to China Buying Stolen US Military Data

The recent news reveals that the US authorities have charged a Chinese business man with hacking into the Boeing computer systems and other firms with large defense contacts, stealing their data and then selling it to China.

Mr. Su Bin has been arrested last month in Canada after being accused of working with two other suspects to steal data about military projects amongst other similar data. The prosecutors have stated that Mr Su was mostly targeting information regarding fighter jets, military cargo aircraft and weapons. The information does not come as a big surprise, given that the 2013 reports have revealed that industrial spying from China is continuously becoming a threat. Though no specific proof has been found that the Chinese government is involved in Mr Su’s case, the US still accuses China of systematically stealing American high-tech data.

“We have repeatedly made it clear that the United States will continue using all the tools our government possesses to strengthen cyber-security and confront cyber-crime,” spokesman Marc Raimondi said.

It is reported that Mr. Su runs a Chinese aviation technology company, having its office in Canada. On June 28, he apparently was detained while attempting to gain Canadian citizenship, being accused of attempting to sell the stolen data to state-owned firms in China. While the US justice department remains “deeply concerned about cyber-enabled theft of sensitive information”, Boeing has apparently released a statement in which the company admits it was co-operating with the US authorities to uncover industrial espionage hacking attempts against the US companies.

Thank you BBC for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of BBC