October 25, 2016 Matthew Roseberg and John Markoff wrote, “The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own” for the New York Times newspaper.
$18 billion of our taxes are in the Pentagon’s most recent budget to produce autonomous weapons over the next three years. The writers, as most do, reference movies and Hollywood in above article. When will journalists understand these weapons are real and not just science fiction or relegated to the future?
In an open letter from hundreds of scientists and experts- scientist warn that weapons with artificial intelligence could start a new arms race. DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) develops the software for these weapons. Interestingly the authors admitted that… ‘Unlike the technologies and material needed for nuclear weapons or guided missiles, artificial intelligence as powerful as what the Pentagon seeks to harness is already deeply woven into everyday life.’
From the same article, Mr. Robert O. Work, the deputy defense secretary- led a Washington think tank, at the center for New American Security. He says the military can use the ‘tactical ingenuity of the computer to improve the strategic ingenuity of the human.’ He thinks brilliant computers can improve regular commanders into ‘master tacticians‘ so American ‘soldiers would effectively become superhuman…’
March 2003, in the New York Times newspaper Marshall Sella wrote an article entitled ‘The Sound of Things to come.’ In the first paragraph Woody Norris aims a square metal plate at a woman on the street in San Diego and says, ‘Watch… this is really cool.’ The woman walks into ‘a discrete column of sound.’ Norris chuckles, “She doesn’t know what hit her.” The aluminum plate connected to a CD player and amplifier directs sound like a ‘laser beam directs light.’ Popular Science magazine gave his HyperSonic Sound (HSS) device its grand prize for new inventions in 2002. He explained that the sound is only audible at the listener’s ears and not at the plate itself. Lifting his palm to his head he said about the sound, “That is why it’s so clear. Feels like it’s inside your skull…” The device generates no heat and can travel a path of 450 feet at the same volume or it can project a single ‘sphere… self-contained like a bubble.’ The device is produced at low costs.
Once Norris told scientists at NASA about a different product. Said he could give them a new invention, a one-piece system instead of microphones in space helmets. He said, “The sound can come through the bones in your head.” For the Defense Department Norris and A.T.C. (American Technology Corporation) created something called the HIDA (High Intensity Directed Acoustics.) a ‘nonlethal weapon.’
The Pentagon says this is a friendly ‘hail intruders’ device. It can stop stray vessels nearing battleships ‘at 500 yards with a pinpointed verbal warning.’ If the vessel comes as close as 200 yards a 120-decibel sound that is ‘physically disabling as shrapnel’ is projected. The ‘bones in your head are brutalized by a tone’s full effect whether you are clutching the sides of your skull in agony or not.’ The sounds the HIDA system in the military are ‘classified.’ HIDA ‘can instantaneously cause loss of equilibrium, vomiting, migraines… really, we can pretty much pick our ailment.’
Thank you God for everything exactly the way it is today.