China Building ‘Super Laser’ That Can Rip Holes In Space

Why would Technocrats want to rip holes in outer space? Because they can. China is a Technocracy that believes the answer to everything is found in science and only science. Super-lasers have application in weather modification, terrestrial warfare and space warfare, and China can be expected to dominate all three.  ⁃ TN Editor

Boffins in Shanghai, China, have been designing the world’s most powerful laser.

The team has already made history with its earlier invention, the Shanghai Superintense Ultrafast Laser Facility have already set records.

The machine is small enough to fit on a tabletop, and contains a disc, the width of a frisbee, which is made of titanium-topped sapphires.

But this small device, by pushing light through the crystal and refracting it off a series of mirrors and lenses, is able to produce unbelievable amounts of power.

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The laser set records in 2016 when it produced a pulse of 5.3 petawatts (million billion watts).

The blasts are incredibly brief, lasting less than a trillionth of a second.

But the team hopes to beat its own record, and produce a 10 petawatt shot — or 1,000 times the power of all of the world’s electrical grids combined.

This year physicist Ruxin Li and his team are planning on building a laser that will pack a mind-boggling 100 petawatt burst.

Called the Station of Extreme Light, the team hopes the laser will be able to tear a hole in the fabric of space — a phenomenon known as “breaking the vacuum”.

This sci-fi-sounding process would involve using the highly concentrated beam of light to tear electrons and antimatter positrons from space, to prove Albert Einstein’s famous E=mc2 theory is true.

Li explained what the significance of this is: “It would mean you could generate something from nothing.”

The incredibly powerful laser could be used to make particle acceleration far cheaper and easier to do — making the Large Hadron Collider in CERN obsolete.

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Security Fears Spark Crackdown On Chinese Tech

What technology was not freely given to them by the Western elite was stolen from universities, government offices and laboratories by hacking, espionage and physical theft. Now U.S. officials are finally figuring out that the Chinese don’t really like America and are blanketing us with return technology that has all kinds of back doors for increased spying and cyber-warfare. China is a Technocracy bent on dominating the world.  ⁃ TN Editor

The federal government is taking steps to reduce the presence of some Chinese technology firms in American markets.

Earlier this month, AT&T scrapped a deal with Chinese phone maker Huawei, reportedly as a result of pressure from anonymous U.S. lawmakers who cited national security concerns. Reuters reported this week that lawmakers are now pressing AT&T to sever all of its commercial ties with Huawei.

And the White House blocked two acquisitions of American companies by Chinese firms in recent months, also citing “national security concerns.”

Lawmakers reportedly are pushing to keep Chinese telecommunications firm China Mobile out of the U.S. for similar reasons.

The efforts come on the heels of a federal ban on anti-virus software produced by Russia’s Kaspersky Lab, and underscore heightened concerns in Washington about privacy and spying threats.

On Friday, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) told The Hill he would discourage American companies such as AT&T from making deals with Chinese tech firms like Huawei.

“We don’t want undisclosed back doors into our systems,” Conaway explained.

“The relationship those companies have with different Chinese intelligence agencies themselves and their government — it’s opaque. We don’t know what is or isn’t there,” he continued.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we don’t want to make ourselves vulnerable to backdoor entrances to our systems.”

Earlier this month, Conaway introduced legislation that would bar the federal government from contracting with firms that use equipment produced by Huawei or its smaller Chinese competitor, ZTE. As of Friday, the bill had attracted 11 co-sponsors, including one Democrat.

National security experts worry that, despite the companies being private entities, data stored on devices produced by Chinese providers could potentially end up in the hands of the Chinese government.

“Based on what we do know about China’s systematic use of electronic communications technologies to steal intellectual property, among other things, and based on how modern intelligence services tend to operate, there is good reason to surmise that there is no perfectly clean divide between the state and companies like those mentioned above in places like China,” said Michael O’Hanlon, a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution.

The concerns about the firms are not new. A 2012 House Intelligence Committee report identified both companies as a national security threat, encouraging private companies to consider the “long-term security risks” of doing business with either Huawei or ZTE.

Tai Ming Cheung, director of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at the University of California, San Diego, who researches East Asian national security affairs, says officials’ renewed interest in corporate threats is a result of China’s rising economic profile.

“The increased scrutiny of China is from an integration of national security and economic security,” Cheung said. “To the U.S. before, China was a military threat. Now its threat has broadened to the economic side of things as well.”

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DARPA At Work: Military Targets Urban Battlespace To Test Drone Swarm Tactics

The military has fast-tracked drone swarming project for immediate deployment for urban warfare. These swarms, coordinated with swarms of ground vehicles and robotic devices, can surround and isolate a target within a single city-block, within 30 minutes. China and the U.S. are said to be racing neck-and-neck in this arms race, but the presence of China Electronics Technocracy in the test zone speaks otherwise: China and the U.S. may well be privately sharing technology with each other.  ⁃ TN Editor

The science fiction-sounding goal: Put an autonomous robot swarm of 250 or more drones under the control of light infantry soldiers or Marines to do complex tasks on the urban battlefield.

Competitors are now tackling that goal in a multi-stage event announced late last year by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Events called Sprinters are intended to develop “offensive swarm-enabled tactics” for these emerging technologies.

Swarm drone technology already exists. In 2016, the Defense Department successfully tested micro-drone swarms at China Lake, California. They dropped 103 Perdix drones from three F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters.

The drones had a 6.5-inch body and 11.8-inch wing span and weighed less 10.23 ounces, or as much as full can of soda.

The autonomous micro-drones completed multiple missions, including adaptive formation flying, collective decision-making and self-healing, according to the Defense Department release.

A video display shows the cluster or swarm find a target, circle within seconds and then converge on the target simultaneously and circle it at a 100-meter radius orbit.

China Electronics Technology, a China-owned company, provided a demonstration in June that individually launched 119 drones with a slingshot-like device. The drones then gathered in a formation and flew patterns around nearby mountains, according to the Financial Times.

One tactical application would be to use the relatively inexpensive drones, purchased online, to swarm aircraft, which do not currently have effective countermeasures for such an attack.

Vasily Kashin, an expert on China’s military at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, told the Financial Times that both China and the United States are racing to develop effective algorithms to use swarm technology in the air, on land and at sea.

The 2016 Defense Department test was focused on low-altitude intel missions.

The new DARPA project will combine air and ground robots in a more complex environment – urban spaces.

Phase 1 of the project is led by Raytheon BBN Technologies and Northrop Grumman Corporation. The two companies will supply teams that will help design, develop and deploy open architecture for swarm technology in both virtual and physical environments, according to the DARPA website.

The teams will experiment with the technology to make swarm capabilities real. Other competitors will then use the architecture to focus on one of five areas – swarm tactics, swarm autonomy, human-swarm teaming, virtual environment and physical testbed.

Each of the areas will be the focus in six-month intervals, officials said. At the end of each event there will be a test and integration assessment in both virtual and physical experiments.

There will also be ad hoc Sprinters at times between the scheduled six-month competitions.

The first sprint, which accepted applications through last November, will look at generating swarm tactics for a mixed swarm of 50 air and ground robots to “isolate an urban objective within an area of two square city blocks over a mission duration of 15 to 30 minutes.”

The robots must perform reconnaissance, identify ingress and egress points and establish a perimeter around an area of operation.

“The swarm sprints are empirical experiments designed to accelerate our understanding of what swarms can do in urban environments,” said Timothy Chung, program manager in the agency’s Tactical Technology Office. “By having swarm sprints at regular intervals, we’re able to ensure that we’re keeping up with the latest technologies — and are in fact helping inform and advance those technologies — to better suit the needs of the OFFSET program.”

Chung said the agency is open to many competitors.

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Chinese Builds AI Robots To Treble Bomb Production

Chinese Technocrats could employ many of China’s 1.4 billion citizens to make bombs, but they choose to use AI controlled robots instead. Technocrats build because they can, not because there is good reason to do so. ⁃ TN Editor

The robots, which never get tired, are being used by China to assemble different types of explosive weaponry.

Due to their artificial intelligence, the bots could also produce more sophisticated weapons such as guided missiles.

Around a quarter of the country’s ammo factories have now replaced many workers with the robots, which are believed to be five times more productive than humans.

One assembly line that used to have more than 100 workers now only had three, with the rest of the work being performed by robots.

One of the programme’s lead scientists, Xu Zhigang, claims that productivity could grow by 200% once robots were fitted in all of China’s ammunition factories.

Despite the rapid advancement in their armouries, Xu denied that China was readying for war.

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DARPA 2018: Air Force To Test ‘Flying Aircraft Carriers’ With High-Performance Drones

The killer drone race is running amok as DARPA is sponsoring flying aircraft carriers with long-range drones equipped with precision ordinance that can automatically return to their flying ‘carrier’. This is the nexus of the military-industrial complex and Technocracy. ⁃ TN Editor

The movies were right: Gremlins are real.

Or at least they will be if DARPA — the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency — has anything to say about it. As we learned this week from our friends at the Navy Times , DARPA is moving ahead on its effort to create a fleet of flying aircraft carriers, which it calls the “Gremlins” program, with demonstration flights scheduled to begin sometime next year.

What are Gremlins?

We’ve been watching this particular hush-hush DARPA project for more than two years now . In a nutshell, it calls for the creation of a new class of small, reusable drones that can be launched midair from a C-130 air transport, disperse to surveil (or, depending on the payload, attack) targets as much as 300 miles away, then return to their flying airbase to dock for refueling and rearming.

Basically, Gremlins will be flying, warlike Roombas, but supersized — big enough to carry 60 pounds of payload each.

What are Gremlins for ?

According to our friends at Scout Warrior , who’ve also been following this project closely, one key objective of the Gremlins is to extend the range at which U.S. air forces can operate in a contested environment characterized by an adversary employing A2/AD (anti-access/aerial-denial) tactics. These include the use of cruise missiles to keep aircraft carriers at bay, forcing airplanes to fly long distances to reach their targets, and surface-to-air missiles, which make it hazardous for nonstealthy aircraft to get too close to hostile territory by air.

Obviously, nonstealthy C-130 air transports aren’t the best way to penetrate such defenses. After Phase 3 of the Gremlins project is complete, the Air Force will probably want to order up a stealthy “mothership” to take over the role of “flying aircraft carrier.” Such a mothership — perhaps a modified version of Northrop Grumman ‘s (NYSE: NOC) new B-21 bomber , or the yet-to-be revealed carrier-launched MQ-25 Stingray , could fulfill this role.

Launched from an aircraft carrier, a more advanced mothership would fly stealthily into hostile airspace, undetected by radar. Suddenly, enemy radar screens would light up as dozens of unstealthy Gremlin drones appear seemingly from out of nowhere to conduct strikes, then return to their mothership and simply vanish into radar-invisibility once again.

At which point the mothership would return to base, never having been detected.

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Project Maven to Deploy Computer Algorithms to War Zone by Year’s End

TN has repeatedly warned about the arms race surrounding artificial intelligence, and the military is the perpetrator. This means that AI is being used and refined to kill and destroy around the world. One must ask, what could go wrong with that? ⁃ TN Editor

Winning wars with computer algorithms and artificial intelligence were among the topics that Defense Department intelligence officials discussed during a recent Defense One Tech Summit here.

A stand-alone exhibit titled, “Innovations in Defense: Artificial Intelligence and the Challenge of Cybersecurity,” features Pittsburgh-based team ForAllSecure’s Mayhem Cyber Reasoning System. The system took first place at the August 2016 Cyber Grand Challenge finals, beating out six other computers. The Mayhem CRS is now on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The exhibit was produced by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. The exhibit will run through Sept. 17, 2017.

A stand-alone exhibit titled, “Innovations in Defense: Artificial Intelligence and the Challenge of Cybersecurity,” features Pittsburgh-based team ForAllSecure’s Mayhem Cyber Reasoning System. The system took first place at the August 2016 Cyber Grand Challenge finals, beating out six other computers. The Mayhem CRS is now on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The exhibit was produced by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. The exhibit will run through Sept. 17, 2017.

Presenters included Marine Corps Col. Drew Cukor, chief of the Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Function Team in the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations Directorate-Warfighter Support in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence.

By the end of the calendar year, the department will field advanced computer algorithms onto government platforms to extract objects from massive amounts of moving or still imagery, Cukor said in his remarks.

“People and computers will work symbiotically to increase the ability of weapon systems to detect objects,” Cukor added. “Eventually we hope that one analyst will be able to do twice as much work, potentially three times as much, as they’re doing now. That’s our goal.”

A computer algorithm is a set of rules to be followed during problem-solving operations. Cukor described an algorithm as about 75 lines of Python code “placed inside a larger software-hardware container.”

He said the immediate focus is 38 classes of objects that represent the kinds of things the department needs to detect, especially in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Project Maven

The effort to help a workforce increasingly overwhelmed by incoming data, including millions of hours of video, began in April when then-Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work announced in a memo that he was establishing an Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team, overseen by the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, to work on something he called Project Maven.

“As numerous studies have made clear, the department of defense must integrate artificial intelligence and machine learning more effectively across operations to maintain advantages over increasingly capable adversaries and competitors,” Work wrote.

“Although we have taken tentative steps to explore the potential of artificial intelligence, big data and deep learning,” he added, “I remain convinced that we need to do much more and move much faster across DoD to take advantage of recent and future advances in these critical areas.”

Project Maven focuses on computer vision — an aspect of machine learning and deep learning — that autonomously extracts objects of interest from moving or still imagery, Cukor said. Biologically inspired neural networks are used in this process, and deep learning is defined as applying such neural networks to learning tasks.

“This effort is an announcement … that we’re going to invest for real here,” he said.

Working With Industry

Rapidly delivering artificial intelligence to a combat zone won’t be easy, Cukor said.

“There is no ‘black box’ that delivers the AI system the government needs, at least not now,” he said. “Key elements have to be put together … and the only way to do that is with commercial partners alongside us.”

Work to be accomplished over the next few months includes triaging and labeling data so the algorithms can be trained, the colonel explained.

“That work is inherently governmental and so we have a large group of people — sophisticated analysts and engineers — who are going through our data and cleaning it up. We also have a relationship with a significant data-labeling company that will provide services across our three networks — the unclassified and the classified networks — to allow our workforce to label our data and prepare it for machine learning,” Cukor said.

The department has a significant effort ongoing to procure computational power, including graphic processing units that allow training of machine-learning algorithms, he said. An algorithmic development contract also is in process — the department will go through a competitive selection process to find vendors that can provide algorithms against DoD data.

“You don’t buy AI like you buy ammunition,” he added. “There’s a deliberate workflow process and what the department has given us with its rapid acquisition authorities is an opportunity for about 36 months to explore what is governmental and [how] best to engage industry [to] advantage the taxpayer and the warfighter, who wants the best algorithms that exist to augment and complement the work he does.”

Other aspects of the work include integrating and fielding the algorithms, and once an algorithm is on a platform it must be optimized over its lifecycle, Cukor said.

AI Arms Race

“We are in an AI arms race,” Cukor said. “ … It’s happening in industry [and] the big five Internet companies are pursuing this heavily. Many of you will have noted that Eric Schmidt [executive chairman of Alphabet Inc.] is calling Google an AI company now, not a data company.”

The colonel described the technology available commercially, the state-of-the-art in computer vision, as “frankly … stunning,” thanks to work in the area by researchers and engineers at Stanford University, the University of California-Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a $36 billion investment last year across commercial industry.

“No area will be left unaffected by the impact of this technology,” he added.

For now, many tasks, like computer vision, are ready for AI capabilities and many are not, Cukor said, noting that “AI will not be selecting a target [in combat] … any time soon. What AI will do is compliment the human operator.”

Before deploying algorithms to combat zones, Cukor said, “you’ve got to have your data ready and you’ve got to prepare and you need the computational infrastructure for training.”

Also needed are algorithm developers and software engineers, he said, an interface must be developed between AI and human operators, and ultimately integration and optimization will be needed over the deployment lifecycle.

“All of these things have got to be put in harmony over the next 36 months as we move down this path,” Cukor said.

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Human Testing Begins: Brain Implants To ‘Change Moods Controlled By AI’

The Technocrats at DARPA are often seen as the financiers of research such as this, all of which is conducted for military purposes. Why is the military so interested in creating malleable super-soldiers? Or will the government ultimately use such discoveries against their own citizens? ⁃ TN Editor

Devices plugged into people’s skulls are being developed by boffins funded by the US military’s research division DARPA.

These implants will use electronic pulses to alter the chemicals in people’s brains in a process called “deep brain stimulation”.

This will then change people’s moods and is believed to be able to treat mental illness and provide therapy.

Artificial intelligence in implants will detect and study the brain to know what pulses to send – described by scientists as a “window on the brain”.

DARPA has handed the cash to teams form the University of California and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Testing suggestions the mood implants can be used to treat disorders such as Parkinson’s.

Experiments have been also carried out on people with depression – but the the results are inconclusive so far.

DARPA is funding the project with the long-term goal of being able treat traumatised soldiers.

The current work – which includes human testing – was presented at the Society of Neuroscience in Washington, reports Nature.

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Russian and Chinese Killer Robots Set To “RULE THE WORLD’ And Dominate U.S.

TN has repeatedly warned that an all-out global arms race for killer robots was underway and that the outcome will be deadly. Technocrats build because they can, indeed they are compelled to do so, but not for any good reason, unless killing millions is a good reason in itself.  TN Editor

CHINESE and Russian Artificial Intelligence (AI) are set leave US systems in their dust as the emerging superpowers bid to become the world’s most powerful nation.

Kari Bingen, Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (SDI), warned the two powers were making huge advances in their tech and were advancing on the US.

The findings came form an earth shattering report that claimed the US has rapidly fallen behind its rivals and must now decide if it wants to “lead the coming revolution, or fall victim to it”.

Former deputy SDI, Robert Work, said the Pentagon needed to pour billions into researching advanced computing and robotics, or risk Russia developing murderous AI machines.

Moscow hardman Vladimir Putin believes the country will develop the best AI and become “the ruler of the world”.

Russian military eggheads are now building drones, robots and cruise missiles that could make deadly decisions without the need for humans.

The advancement has panicked US billionaire Eric Schmidt who said China was also gaining on the US and could overtake Washington in five years.

“It feels, as an American, that we are fighting this conflict with one hand behind our back” – Eric Schmidt

Bionics Turn Humans Into Super-Strong Workers And Soldiers

The race is on to develop various types of exoskeletons to turn ordinary human workers into supermen or superwomen. This technology was originally spawned by the military in their quest for super-soldiers on the battlefield.  TN Editor

Iron Man suits might not yet be commonplace, but companies from Ford (F) to Lowe’s (LOW) are testing new mechanical exoskeletons to enhance — and extend — human strength.

Earlier this month, Ford said it was testing four models of exoskeletal arms to help ease fatigue for assembly line workers.

Hyundai last year announced it was working on a wearable robot suit. And Germany’s Audi (VLKAY) began testing robotic assist technology for production plants in 2015. Universities from the Massachusetts Institute of Technologyto U.C. Berkeley are also developing technology, mostly inspired by potential medical use.

“My job entails working over my head, so when I get home my back, neck and shoulders usually hurt,” said Paul Collins, an assembly line worker at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant, in a statement released by Ford. “Since I started using the vest, I’m not as sore, and I have more energy to play with my grandsons when I get home.”

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The potential for expansion into other industries like construction or loading and unloading of goods is becoming more realistic as scientists rethink older designs, Scientific American reported earlier this year.

The global market for bionic devices may rise to $12.1 billion by 2026, up from $3.2 billion last year, when the US had almost 40 percent of the global market, according to report from BCC Research earlier this year.

Ekso Bionics (EKSO) announced last week that it’s providing technology to Ford, a device called the EksoVest, and its stock has climbed since then. That’s even though it reported selling fewer units than some analysts expected when it released third-quarter results earlier this month.

The fledgling company, which listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange last year, has $33.44 million in cash, enough to fund operations for more than a year, according to its quarterly filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Massive US Military Spying Archive Left Wide Open In Cloud

Military intelligence is full of Technocrats who mine big data anywhere and everywhere that it can be found, in this case, it is from social media. Why does the military need to scrape and save billions and billions of social media postings?  TN Editor

Three misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing “dozens of terabytes” of social media posts and similar pages – all scraped from around the world by the US military to identify and profile persons of interest.

The archives were found by veteran security breach hunter UpGuard’s Chris Vickery during a routine scan of open Amazon-hosted data silos, and these ones weren’t exactly hidden. The buckets were named centcom-backup, centcom-archive, and pacom-archive.

CENTCOM is the common abbreviation for the US Central Command, which controls army operations in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. PACOM is the name for US Pacific Command, covering the rest of southern Asia, China and Australasia.

Vickery told The Register today he stumbled upon them by accident while running a scan for the word “COM” in publicly accessible S3 buckets. After refining his search, the CENTCOM archive popped up, and at first he thought it was related to Chinese multinational Tencent, but quickly realized it was a US military archive of astounding size.

“For the research I downloaded 400GB of samples but there were many terabytes of data up there,” he said. “It’s mainly compressed text files that can expand out by a factor of ten so there’s dozens and dozens of terabytes out there and that’s a conservative estimate.”

Just one of the buckets contained 1.8 billion social media posts automatically fetched over the past eight years up to today. It mainly contains postings made in central Asia, however Vickery noted that some of the material is taken from comments made by American citizens.

The databases also reveal some interesting clues as to what this information is being used for. Documents make reference to the fact that the archive was collected as part of the US government’s Outpost program, which is a social media monitoring and influencing campaign designed to target overseas youths and steer them away from terrorism.

Vickery found the Outpost development configuration files in the archive, as well as Apache Lucene indexes of keywords designed to be used with the open-source search engine Elasticsearch. Another file refers to Coral, which may well be a reference to the US military’s Coral Reef data-mining program.

“Coral Reef is a way to analyze a major data source to provide the analyst the ability to mine significant amounts of data and provide suggestive associations between individuals to build out that social network,” Mark Kitz, technical director for the Army Distributed Common Ground System – Army, told the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association magazine Signal back in 2012.

“Previously, we would mine through those intelligence reports or whatever data would be available, and that would be very manual-intensive.”

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