AI combat drones – the future of war… and civility?

Anyone who’ve been keeping tabs on the events in Ukraine should’ve come to the uninspiring conclusion that drones as a weapon of war are here to stay. While many proponents of drones as a weapon claim that it allows for wars to be fought with minimal human casualties. Again, anyone that have seen some of the gruesome videos coming out of Ukraine know that this simply isn’t true.

Weapons of mass casualties

Perhaps one of the most devastating new technologies in modern history arrived at the battlefields in the first world war – the machine gun. Tales of trench warfare are still being told with trembling voices about the soldiers who were told to simply run toward the enemy, being mowed down by machine gun fire the second they appeared above the trench. We’ve come a long way from trench warfare, while still, perhaps, we haven’t.

The new type of trench warfare includes drones, a smarter version of the machine gun. More specifically, drones in swarms, guided by AI and facial recognition software, peeking around corners, enters through windows on the fifth floor, tirelessly searching for their target. Until the battery runs out, that is!

AI drones in the modern army

What place AI and drones will take in the modern army is anyone’s guess currently. The safest bet is probably: everyone’s. They are increasingly taking the place of their human counterparts on the front lines, but also in the skies, as observation and reconnaissance platforms. The famous dog-like AI drone have gotten a flame-thrower attachment on its back which can easily be switched for a machine gun, or perhaps an autonomous drone launcher to increase range for the air-borne drones.

Implications for civilians

Most of the technological advances made the last 100 years or so, have been due to military application, at first. Once the technology is out there, civilians find alternative uses for it. So, while there are significant improvements to be made from all this AI warring, there are also significant downsides, should this fall into the wrong hands.

While I believe that not all people are really suitable to wield the new and powerful potential weapons masquerading as robo-dogs and aerial wedding photographers, there’s a great risk allowing only our own state and police to use it. Already, police are using drones to surveil large gatherings of people and radio-controlled robots to disarm potential bombs, etc. These are great uses for the police since it allows for them to conserve and protect their employees.

Should our state police force get their hands on tools that can shut down violence altogether my opinion is that they wouldn’t hesitate to use it. The normal police officer on the street would quickly find himself without employment and the AI police drones would patrol the streets in his place, protecting and serving their masters – the weak-willed bureaucrat (and more probable, his masters).


This is an incredibly interesting field to follow, however terrifying at times. Can we trust a certain small number of individuals, claiming to have our best interest at heart, with this technology? Or is this technology better off in the hands of the many? What do you think?

2024-07-11 10:20

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    A recent trend in companion-type chatbots have taken the Chinese young women by storm. In ever larger numbers they are simply turning away from the Chinese men in favor of the friendly and romantic machines.

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    A recent trend in companion-type chatbots have taken the Chinese young women by storm. In ever larger numbers they are simply turning away from the Chinese men in favor of the friendly and romantic machines.

    Companion-type chatbots

    By now, most people will probably have heard about ChatGPT, Ms Bing / Copilot, Gemini, and the other big names in Large Language Models. Chatbots, more specifically. Advanced ones, yes, but still chatbots.

    Since the release of ChatGPT in last year, a lot of people have taken a liking to these Chatbots, perhaps more than what was first expected. Some startups noticed the opportunity and built models that would emulate a real person. One of those startups is the app “Glow” by Shanghai company MiniMax who’re offering, not really a chatbot, but rather a “companion”.

    Particularly young women seem to be enjoying the conversations:

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    “He comforts me when I have period pain. I confide in him about my problems at work,” she said.

    “I feel like I’m in a romantic relationship.”

    Japan Times

    Trust in the machines

    Anyone living in the EU who haven’t noticed all the new cookie-pop-ups must’ve been living under a rock in recent years. The interesting thing about the data tracking law is that you get a real eye-opener to all the tracking that is being done on practically all websites – everywhere. Still, people do confide in the new types of AI chatbots like it’s a close friend.

    The more you confide in them, the more they learn about you, and the more accurate they can be in predicting what next words you’ll want to hear in this very moment, as is illustrated by the first sentence of the above quote.

    We’re still in the early stages of AI and the advancements are coming quickly.

    Future of human relationships

    If this trend is to continue, we will see a drastical reduction in human-human relationships in an already declining birth-rate epidemic all around the world. If young women are increasingly opting out of the dating pool to be with “someone who knows how to talk to women better than a real man”, young men are soon going to run out of young women to date.

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  • Telling the Truth with Testosterone

    Have you ever heard a woman complain about a man’s insensitivity? Or, perhaps, you even are a woman who’ve been on the receiving end of a man’s brutal honesty? There’s actually a good explanation to why men behave in this way – and it’s actually a good…

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    Sexual Mimicry and Reduced Testosterone

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    Current Events and Testosterone

    Unfortunately we’ve had a lot of examples of young men who, voluntarily, have been reducing their testosterone levels in some kind of “transfer”. In addition, we’ve seen a steady decrease in testosterone on a societal- or global scale. The end result of this reduction will be felt as men world-wide are less and less staying true to themselves and, instead, conform to social pressure.

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    What do you think about the role of testosterone: Does it really make men more brutally honest; and are women, in general, more prone to white lies?

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    2024-07-13 11:02 | 0 comments | Health, Testosterone

  • AI combat drones – the future of war… and civility?

    Anyone who’ve been keeping tabs on the events in Ukraine should’ve come to the uninspiring conclusion that drones as a weapon of war are here to stay. While many proponents of drones as a weapon claim that it allows for wars to be fought with minimal…

    Read more

    Anyone who’ve been keeping tabs on the events in Ukraine should’ve come to the uninspiring conclusion that drones as a weapon of war are here to stay. While many proponents of drones as a weapon claim that it allows for wars to be fought with minimal human casualties. Again, anyone that have seen some of the gruesome videos coming out of Ukraine know that this simply isn’t true.

    Weapons of mass casualties

    Perhaps one of the most devastating new technologies in modern history arrived at the battlefields in the first world war – the machine gun. Tales of trench warfare are still being told with trembling voices about the soldiers who were told to simply run toward the enemy, being mowed down by machine gun fire the second they appeared above the trench. We’ve come a long way from trench warfare, while still, perhaps, we haven’t.

    The new type of trench warfare includes drones, a smarter version of the machine gun. More specifically, drones in swarms, guided by AI and facial recognition software, peeking around corners, enters through windows on the fifth floor, tirelessly searching for their target. Until the battery runs out, that is!

    AI drones in the modern army

    What place AI and drones will take in the modern army is anyone’s guess currently. The safest bet is probably: everyone’s. They are increasingly taking the place of their human counterparts on the front lines, but also in the skies, as observation and reconnaissance platforms. The famous dog-like AI drone have gotten a flame-thrower attachment on its back which can easily be switched for a machine gun, or perhaps an autonomous drone launcher to increase range for the air-borne drones.

    Implications for civilians

    Most of the technological advances made the last 100 years or so, have been due to military application, at first. Once the technology is out there, civilians find alternative uses for it. So, while there are significant improvements to be made from all this AI warring, there are also significant downsides, should this fall into the wrong hands.

    While I believe that not all people are really suitable to wield the new and powerful potential weapons masquerading as robo-dogs and aerial wedding photographers, there’s a great risk allowing only our own state and police to use it. Already, police are using drones to surveil large gatherings of people and radio-controlled robots to disarm potential bombs, etc. These are great uses for the police since it allows for them to conserve and protect their employees.

    Should our state police force get their hands on tools that can shut down violence altogether my opinion is that they wouldn’t hesitate to use it. The normal police officer on the street would quickly find himself without employment and the AI police drones would patrol the streets in his place, protecting and serving their masters – the weak-willed bureaucrat (and more probable, his masters).


    This is an incredibly interesting field to follow, however terrifying at times. Can we trust a certain small number of individuals, claiming to have our best interest at heart, with this technology? Or is this technology better off in the hands of the many? What do you think?

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    2024-07-11 10:20 | 0 comments | AI, AI for war, Technology

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    In March of 2024, an ususpecting Florida man’s house was hit by a solid metal projectile jettisoned from the ISS in 2021.

    The Debris

    It was after an installation of fresh lithium-ion batteries that NASA decided to eject a pallet of the old nickel-hydride batteries from the Internation Space Station in 2021. The debris was expected to burn up during the re-entry into the atmosphere as to not cause damage. However, a small piece of the scrap metal survived and decended upon the unsuspecting Florida man’s house in tremendous speed, causing small holes in the roof and two floors, nearly hitting the Florida man’s son, playing in the next room.

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    The aftermath

    Florida man filed an unprecendented lawsuit against NASA for the damage but has of writing (June 22th, 2024) not received any compensation from the trash-tossers.

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    Environmental Law Institute

    This might be a good time to complement the volcano insurance with space junk insurance!

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    2024-06-22 10:09 | 0 comments | Science, Space, Space junk

  • VR advances and the future of WFH

    Is WFH (working from home) just a very temporary freedom or is it here to stay? I believe it’s a bit of both.

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    Is WFH (working from home) just a very temporary freedom or is it here to stay? I believe it’s a bit of both.

    When the viral hysteria of ’20 hit and people hid in their homes with double FP2’s over their facial air holes, allegedly working from home, most people viewed this as an incredible opportunity for more freedom. There was an incredible amount of people who, all of a sudden had double, triple, or quadruple lunch breaks to go grocery shopping, tend to the garden, or even hit the beach. The data, however, is in and it’s not looking too good for the semi-vacationeers “working from home”.

    Employee Monitoring Tools

    Unsurprisingly, people higher up started to notice the trend and became disgruntled of the loss of control of their employee’s daily work habits. The first to Take meassures to counter this trend was the guys at big finance, who constructed elaborate “employee monitoring tools”.

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    • Full OS access to make sure you’re not viewing personal tabs in the browser
    • Webcam access – should be self-explanatory but it’ll make sure you’re eyes are focused on the screen for the whole 8-hour work day
    • New and improved webcam that is able to track your eyes, using AI tools to find out what part of the screen you’re focused on. Every. Single. Second.

    The companies that used these tools noticed that they’re improving efficiency of their employees, regardless of their location.

    Instead of forcing you into the office to make sure you’re working, they’re forcing the office upon your every location and system you’re using.

    “Let them try…”

    While the only companies using this type of extreme surveillance of their employees are the ones already known for pushing the limit of their subordinates, others will follow suit seeing the effectiveness of the systems.

    A lot of people will, of course, not go along with this, but with the increased reach and reduced need of actually forcing people into the offices, most companies will probably succeed anyway. Almost all employees nowadays are easily exchangeable, whether we want to admit it or not. Especially when the hiring pool consist of the entirety of the world.

    Of course, there’ll be hold-outs and companies that doesn’t jump on the big brother-train, but a lot of them will, making the few remaining jobs without extreme surveillance few and far apart.

    Enter VR-headsets

    A lot of people laughed at the seeming fiasco of Apple’s new VR headset. It’s true that it is over-the-top for most people’s daily use and the price tag demanded true Apple fanboy-ism from the buyer.

    What this signalled, however, is the VR headset’s entry into the serious market and our lives. When Apple comes out with a new product category, odds are it’ll be commonplace in a few years.

    So far, headsets are mostly used as gaming devices, gamification of house chores for stay-at-home-dads, and media consumption, but my bet is that companies soon will find great applications for the headsets in the workplace as well. Why, you ask?

    • Unlimited monitors an eye motion away, allowing anyone to work from anywhere. Need 4 large monitors to do your work? Not anymore.
    • 100% eyetracking uptime is a dream come true for the employer. Now, they can follow you everywhere when you “WFH”, and doesn’t have to rely on the static webcam on your laptop.
    • Simulated office in your pod-, I mean living room allows you to chat up that pretty receptionist hologram on your break.

    Conclusion

    As more and more people are demanding WFH part- or full time, pressure on the employers increases to accommodate without losing control. This is also an incredible tool to be used for personally evaluating employees fairly, if used with caution.

    Furthermore, there must be discussions on how to handle all the data these new systems collect. Are employees actually aware of the amount of data their employer have on them? And what are the employer legally allowed to do with the data?

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    2024-06-18 03:18 | 0 comments | Culture, Work