US Reaper Drones Test Agile Condor: Another Step Closer to ‘Killer Robots’ – Global Research

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30-09-19 10:43:00,

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, manufacturer of the Reaper drone, has recently been awarded a US Air Force contract to demonstrate the  ‘Agile Condor’ artificial intelligence system with the MQ-9 Reaper drone.  According to General Atomics President David R. Alexander,

a“The Agile Condor project will further enhance RPA [remotely piloted aircraft] effectiveness by specifically allowing a MQ-9 to surveil a large area of operations, autonomously identify pre-defined targets of interest and transmit their locations.”

This type of capability represents a tangible step further towards the development of autonomous weaponised drones able to operate without human input – flying killer robots, in other words.  From identifying targets without the need for a human decision to destroying those targets is a very small step which could be achieved with existing technology.

The Agile Condor system is intended to send information back to a human analyst. There’s no intention for it to be used in an autonomous mode, and current US military policy on autonomous weapons is that there should always be ’appropriate levels of human judgement’ over the use of force.  However, there is no guarantee of such a restrained approach to autonomous weapons in the future, by the US or any other nation (or indeed by an non-state group). The danger is, as we detail in  our report on the development of autonomous military drone (see below), lethal autonomous weapons (LAWS) are likely to develop though step-by-step upgrades in technological capability.

Agile Condor is a high-performance computing system which uses AI techniques to enable on-board processing of large quantities of data from the drone’s sensors – for example video footage, synthetic aperture radar imagery, or infra-red camera imagery.  The system is mounted in a pod which can be fitted to the drone, and has been designed for installation in a variety of configurations including sea-based, ground based, and fixed-site weapon systems as well as on aircraft.

The demonstration flights which General Atomics will be undertaking will be used to experiment with the Agile Condor system to optimise AI and machine learning techniques for finding, identifying, and tracking targets.  It’s possible that they will include ‘training’ of the AI system to identify potential targets, with human operators confirming whether the computer has made a correct decision in order to refine and improve its performance.

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Een boemerang–Drones uit Jemen

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20-09-19 10:22:00,

Wat vorige zaterdag in Saoedi Arabië gebeurde met die aanval op een olieveld en olie-installaties mag de waarnemer van het Midden-Oosten niet verbazen. De kans dat er ooit raketten of drones gingen neerkomen op die voor de wereldeconomie cruciale oliebronnen en raffinaderijen was immers groot.

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Al veel jaren spelen Israël, de VS, haar Europese bondgenoten en de salafistische koninkrijken en emiraten in de regio met vuur. En iedereen weet dat in een raffinaderij met vuur spelen waanzin is. Maar veiligheidsvoorschriften? Daar hebben die heersers geen enkele interesse voor. Arrogant als ze zijn vagen ze er vierkant hun voeten aan.

Het kwaad is dus geschied en hoe groot de schade is en hoeveel meer een liter mazout of benzine morgen voor de gebruiker gaat kosten weten wij nog niet. Maar de schuld hiervoor ligt geheel bij deze oorlogsheren in o.m. Washington, Riyad en Brussel.

Oorlog voeren door tienduizenden criminelen op het Midden-Oosten af te sturen en de regio te destabiliseren doet men niet ongestraft. Na de honderdduizenden oorlogsvluchtelingen die in Europa neerstreken nu dus dit.

En dat de Jemenitische Ansar Allah over drones beschikte die ook bommen konden gooien wist men al zeker een jaar. Zo waren er op 14 mei twee aanvallen met drones op de oliepijplijn die de installaties van Khourais en Abqaiq aan de Perzische Golf verbinden met de Rode Zee en zo het Suezkanaal.

Saudi-Aramco in brand - 21 September 2019

De installaties van Aramco, de Saoedische olieproducent, staan in brand. Het moest o.m. daarom de pijplijn die zorgt voor de bevoorrading van de vrienden in Bahrein sluiten. Het idee om Aramco toch naar de beurs te brengen die dan 2.000 miljard dollar zou opbrengen lijkt men te moeten opbergen. Misschien dat het kroonprins Mohammed bin Salman tot een zuiniger koopgedrag kan brengen. Alhoewel!

En die aanvallen op die pijplijn gebeurden ook op zo’n 800 kilometer van Jemen. Een dergelijke aanval op de even ver gelegen plaatsen Khourais en Abqaiq komt dus helemaal niet onverwacht. Verstandige heren en dames wisten dit. Maat zijn die er wel bij diegenen die het beleid hier bepalen?

En toen bij dit bombardement van 14 mei sprak er niemand in Riyad of Washington over een Iraanse aanval. Men kan er dus praktisch zeker van zijn dat Ansar Allah ook nu weer zorgde voor deze aanval.

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Giant 5G Drones are Being Planned for the Skies Over Hawaii then the World

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22-08-19 09:55:00,

Dr. Debra Greene PhD, Take Back Your Power

Massive football field sized drones flying in the stratosphere, beaming down toxic 5G radiation into the earth, into the ocean, into our homes, into our bodies. Sounds like something out of a science fiction nightmare.

But if the sponsors of the HAWK30 program, tech giant SoftBank of Japan, defense contractor AeroVironment of California and Alphabet, the parent company of Google, have their way that nightmare will become a reality this fall for some Hawai’i residents and eventually for much of the world’s population.

Credit: Screenshot from SoftBank HAPS concept video

Credit: Screenshot from SoftBank HAPS concept video

The HAWK30 program, proposed by the Research Corporation of the University of Hawai’i(RCUH), wants to use the Hawaiian island of Lāna’i in Maui county as a launch pad for unmanned drones, HAPS (high altitude platform stations) flying at 65,000 to 80,000 feet carrying wireless communications relays and transmitting 5G signals into air, land and sea in a three-phase program.

In the final phase of the surreal plan, tiny Lāna’i island becomes a drone manufacturing plant, launch pad and mission control center to fly massive drones throughout the equatorial belt.

Credit: Screenshot from SoftBank HAPS concept video

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According to their Use Determination Application: “The purpose of the HAWK30 program is to develop new airborne overhead 5G communication, which would provide strong wireless service over a large area, including deep valleys, remote lands, and over the ocean.”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted the project a COA2, a Certificate of Authorization, permitting the drones to operate for up to two years in a 150 square mile airspace that includes the islands of Lāna’i and Kaho’olawe, as well as Molokini crater, which sees over 300,000 visitors from around the world each year. With its calm, crystal clear waters and hundreds of species of tropical fish the crescent shaped islet is a highly popular visitor spot.

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Terrorists can use drones to deliver chemical weapons, head of Russian security services warns

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21-05-19 09:09:00,

Terrorists can produce chemical weapons and transport them with drones, the head of Russia’s security services has warned, stressing that extremists are developing more sophisticated ways to carry out attacks.

New intelligence has emerged showing that terrorists are trying new means and methods to carry out attacks, FSB chief Alexander Bortnikov told his counterparts at the CIS security services conference in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe on Tuesday.

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“The criminals have materials, technology and infrastructure for the production of chemical weapons and biotoxins,” Bortnikov said, adding that terrorists are capable of using unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver the deadly payloads.

According to the Russian official, international terrorist groups are trying to better equip their cyber units, which target critical infrastructure and aim at creating havoc in government work. In particular, cybercriminals use email services to spread false information about terror threats.

Among other threats, Bortnikov warned of terrorists using women and children returning from conflict zones. “We know about intentions of the leaders of international terrorist organisations to use widows, wives and children of militants who come back en mass,” he said.

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Drones Unleashed to Find Tax Evaders as Greece Sets Disturbing Precedent | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

Drones Unleashed to Find Tax Evaders as Greece Sets Disturbing Precedent | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

27-09-18 08:53:00,

By Nicholas West

Anyone who is looking to understand exactly what the term “mission creep” means and why privacy advocates warn of its negative impact, here is another case study.

Greece is apparently battling a “black economy” in one of its most popular tourist attractions: the island of Santorini. According to tax authorities, the area has become a hotbed of tax evasion, primarily by day trip organizers who are not properly recording their income.

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As reported by Yahoo News, the country has turned to high tech to equip their coast guard with drones that can physically look for hidden transactions. However, in the search for criminal activity, it appears that all tourists must be aware that they will be subjected to constant physical surveillance by matching onboard visitor counts with income receipts.

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