Military Tech

U.S. Army Awards $39.6M Contract to 'The World's Sixth Sense' For Fleet of Personal Recon Drones

The U.S. Army is preparing to equip soldiers with a game-changing piece of technology that will empower individual ground troops with...

Staff
Monday, 04 February 2019 - 2:16PM

DARPA Seeks to Make AI Robots More Moral and Less Potentially Psychopathic By Teaching Them Manners

In the original 1979 Alien, the crew of the Nostromo is effectively sabotaged by its science officer, Ash, a Hyperdyne Systems...

K.S. Anthony
Monday, 28 January 2019 - 10:57AM

Poker-Playing AI Tapped For Military Use In $10M Pentagon Deal

In the 1983 film War Games, a teenage hacker accesses WOPR (War Operation Plan Response), a military supercomputer programmed to...

K.S. Anthony
Wednesday, 23 January 2019 - 12:50PM

Real-Life 'Iron Man' Demonstrates Jet Suit on Royal Marine Commando Assault Course

We first reported on Richard Browning's Daedalus jet suit in November 2017, when the Gravity founder and Royal Marine Commando (U.K.)...

K.S. Anthony
Monday, 21 January 2019 - 9:22AM

DARPA Wants To Use Insect Brains to Control Robots

Because strapping backpacks on bees and making them do our bidding is not enough, DARPA (The Defense Advanced Research Projects...

Andrew LaSane
Monday, 14 January 2019 - 11:17AM

DARPA Proposes An AI That Can Monitor The Entire World For Threats

DARPA already has a reputation as the mad scientist lab of the defense industry (even if they try to deny their work on metahumans...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 09 January 2019 - 1:43PM

Trump Has Ordered the Creation of a New Space Command

Now that the Space Corps is gearing up to become an actual branch of the United States military, President Trump ordered the creation...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 19 December 2018 - 12:19PM

Lockheed Martin Wins $6.9M Contract to Improve the Military's ONYX Combat Exoskeleton

Looks like the US military is doubling down on its new toys--on the heels of the announcement that Microsoft has won a $480 million...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 06 December 2018 - 1:38PM

Microsoft Developing New HoloLens Headsets for Military After Winning $480M Contract

We've seen some pretty crazy pieces of military hardware over the past few years, from a high-tech 'Boba Fett' helmet used by UK...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 04 December 2018 - 2:17PM

Set Phasers To Stun: NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory Spots The 'Star Trek' USS Enterprise In Colorful Merging Galaxy Cluster

Some people like to look at clouds and point out which ones look like a face. Sometimes NASA does the same thing – on a much bigger...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 19 November 2018 - 12:41PM

A Massive Solar Storm Detonated Sea Mines During the Vietnam War

By 1972, the Vietnam War was close to its end, though it would still take three more years for Saigon to fall. In the wake of the...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 - 2:23PM

DARPA Just Showed Off Its New Autonomous Helicopter, and It Works Like a Dream

With all the hype surrounding self-driving cars, self-driving helicopters were inevitable, right? Well, not quite. Though DARPA...

Chris Mahon
Wednesday, 31 October 2018 - 12:18PM

The United States Space Force Will Recruit From The Army, Air Force, And Navy – But Not The Marines

Disappointing news for all the fans of Starship Troopers, Doom, and Warhammer: according to a new, 13-page document created by...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 23 October 2018 - 1:41PM

Elon Musk Says It's "Time to Create a Mecha" After Watching Late-Night Anime Movie

No, you haven't stumbled across a mistakenly syndicated article from The Onion. We're apparently living in a timeline where the...

Chris Mahon
Tuesday, 16 October 2018 - 1:53PM

DARPA Is Working to Create Cyborgs and Meta-Humans – Even if They Won't Admit It

If you thought the announcement of the first air-to-air drone kill or the unveiling of Russia's new bipedal military mech was cause...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 12 October 2018 - 1:07PM

DARPA Says the Biggest Obstacle to Effective Artificial Intelligence Is Common Sense

If you went through public school in the last fifteen years, odds are that your math tests included a space for an answer and a...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 12 October 2018 - 12:35PM

Doctor Strangelove, Or: How We Learned That Bombs We Drop On Earth Can Be Felt In Space According To New Research

Los Alamos scientists joked about the Manhattan Project's nuclear bomb test setting the Earth's atmosphere on fire, but it turns out...

Chris Mahon
Friday, 28 September 2018 - 11:56AM

Missile Off the Rail: MQ-9 Reaper Claims the First Air-to-Air Kill for a Drone Ever

Last April, a dogfighting AI pulled off the first kill on a human fighter pilot in a simulation (and boy, was it a shutdown), but now...

Chris Mahon
Monday, 24 September 2018 - 12:30PM

Neil deGrasse Tyson Defends Space Force on 'The Late Show', Saying Science and War Have Always Been Intertwined

To most people, Neil deGrasse Tyson is the cool uncle of popular science: he's humorous, wacky, and a little wise. In fact, he's the...

Chris Mahon
Thursday, 13 September 2018 - 10:03AM

Facial Recognition at Airports? Washington Dulles Unveils Big Brother System To Speed Up Boarding And Security Checks

If there's one thing society can agree on, it's that going through airport security and waiting to board a plane sucks. From arriving...

Andrew LaSane
Monday, 10 September 2018 - 2:06PM