Gizmos & Gadgets: American Military Tests the Intelligence of Adaptive Swarm Technology

January 11, 2017 – In Michael Crichton‘s science fiction novel, Prey, which he published in 2002, he describes a self-organizing swarm of nano-sized artificial intelligent ... Continue Reading →

Both the U.S. and Russian Military Start Killer Robot Programs – the Rise of the Machines

December 25, 2016 – This is not a Merry Christmas message. In the past few weeks both the United States and Russia have admitted and even displayed robots that can be deployed ... Continue Reading →

Gene Drive: What is it? Why is the U.S. Military Concerned About it?

December 24, 2016 – Human evolution and in fact the evolution of all life on Earth is about to change because of a new technology called gene drive. It involves adding or removing ... Continue Reading →

American Intelligence Agencies to Investigate Russian Hacking of U.S. Election

December 9, 2016 – Could Russian hackers have laid the groundwork for a Donald Trump victory in the November presidential vote? The former head of the national security division ... Continue Reading →

Will Royal Navy Use Situational Awareness Artificial Intelligence in Future Combat?

October 19, 2016 – The software is called STARTLE. And that is exactly what it is meant to do, summon an equivalent to human responses to a threat and do it using a neural network ... Continue Reading →

United States and Russia Have a Nuclear Problem That Threatens All of Us

October 17, 2016 – When I was in junior high school in the fall of 1962, the October Cuban missile crisis made nuclear war a distinct reality. From October 14th to the 28th I ... Continue Reading →

The Future of Firearms

July 16, 2016 – You may hate their very existence but firearms are very much a part of modern technical “civilization.” In fact the origin of weapons from spear points ... Continue Reading →

Visit to Hiroshima Reminds Us That a Nuclear Winter is Never Too Far Away

June 4, 2016 – The visit by President Obama to Hiroshima a little over a week ago made me think about the legacy we still live with because of the invention of nuclear weapons. ... Continue Reading →

Could Climate Change Have Saved Europe from the Mongols?

May 31, 2016 – Some of you who regularly visit 21st Century Tech blog may not know that my academic background is Medieval and Islamic Studies. In my six years at University of ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Robot Locomotion Inspired by Grasshoppers

December 19, 2015 – The animal kingdom has invented all kinds of means of locomotion. From multi-legged centipedes to eight-legged arthropods, six-legged insects, four-legged ... Continue Reading →