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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 →
Kentucky statewide tornado drill a reminder of nuclear drills during Cuban missile crisis. Photo: Mike Lawrence, The Gleaner

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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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Top Human Minds Meet in Montreal to Discuss Artificial Minds

December 9, 2015 – In a headline yesterday Bloomberg Business shouted “Why 2015 was a Breakthrough Year in Artificial Intelligence.” There is no doubt that AI technology ... Continue Reading →
Robots for Us

Robots4Us – DARPA Consults with Youth About What Role Robots Should Play

April 9, 2015 – The U.S. Defense Department wants to know what young people think the role robots should play in society. So they have asked American high school students in Grades ... Continue Reading →
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Wars Over Water – Our Near Future

March 23, 2015 – Yesterday was World Water Day. This day, mandated by the United Nations, is meant to focus on the importance of freshwater to humanity. The truth of course is ... Continue Reading →
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Resolving Conflicts in an Increasingly Smaller World

March 14, 2015 – Today is a significant day for pie lovers because it is “Pi” day. Represented by the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet, Pi equals 3.14…….the ... Continue Reading →