Best Technology Articles You Should Read Today (2/9) – Forbes

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Best Technology Articles You Should Read Today (2/9) – Forbes

“. Please enjoy the articles below as you head into the weekend.

China’s Swarms of Smart Drones Have Enormous Military Potential

I don’t care for swarms of insects or Hitchcock-inspired birds, let alone swarms of miniature drones. But alas….

China is pushing the envelope of the use of miniature drones and recently set a record “when it succeeded in mobilizing the largest swarm of drones in history. Over 1,000 miniature drones performed a variety of tasks to showcase the collective orchestration of the high-tech instruments.”

According to The Diplomat:

The future of drone swarms and their implications on the future of warfare are topics of much debate. The idea of using drones en masse to overwhelm a target, achieving a tactical advantage through numbers, is a popular notion. However, the orchestration of China’s new drones illustrates more than the employment of sheer numbers and drones operating in close proximity to one another. The performance put on near the end of 2017 demonstrates China’s potential skill in effective swarm systems. Flying 1,108 tiny dronebots in as a single unit illustrated China’s acuity and interest in autonomous flight capabilities, not simply of drones but rather of smart drone instruments capable of much more.

Having shown its mastery of the key to successful drone swarming, China has moved beyond the initial steps in the process. Programmed units have also proven their capacity for independent thought. During its swarming demonstrations, the miniature drones, when falling out of sync with the group or failing to achieve their intended objectives, would execute their own landing. (emphasis added)

Chinese military drones also have the ability to repair themselves, which is astounding.

I strongly recommend that you check out the rest of the article. It’s very good.

Ethical Technology Will Require A Grassroots Revolution

A WIRED article today focuses on Tristan Harris, a former Design Ethicist at Google. The article provides an interesting perspective to ethics and technology than the majority I’ve read. There is no discussion of killer robots, but rather a focus on the relationship between technology and mankind.

According to Harris, the complexity of technology such as iPhones stimulates the mind via apps, for example, “has become an existential threat to human beings,” — language that closely parallels language used by Elon Musk. Email alone is literally addictive, stimulating the release of dopamine with each notification of received mail. Those neurological rewards (dopamine) kill neurons when overstimulated by video games or time spent on Facebook, according to Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UC San Francisco (UCSF).

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It’s impossible to read about technology today without running headfirst into artificial intelligence (AI) and the topics under its umbrella: autonomous driving, machine learning, deep learning, ethics/law/regulation, military applications, healthcare, FINTECH, and even customer experience. At that second level, it’s startling how much one encounters China and its extraordinary investments in artificial intelligence. Chinese advancements are fascinating, but for me, at least, also downright worrisome — what I’ll call my “fascinated skepticism“. Please enjoy the articles below as you head into the weekend.

China’s Swarms of Smart Drones Have Enormous Military Potential

I don’t care for swarms of insects or Hitchcock-inspired birds, let alone swarms of miniature drones. But alas….

China is pushing the envelope of the use of miniature drones and recently set a record “when it succeeded in mobilizing the largest swarm of drones in history. Over 1,000 miniature drones performed a variety of tasks to showcase the collective orchestration of the high-tech instruments.”

According to The Diplomat:

The future of drone swarms and their implications on the future of warfare are topics of much debate. The idea of using drones en masse to overwhelm a target, achieving a tactical advantage through numbers, is a popular notion. However, the orchestration of China’s new drones illustrates more than the employment of sheer numbers and drones operating in close proximity to one another. The performance put on near the end of 2017 demonstrates China’s potential skill in effective swarm systems. Flying 1,108 tiny dronebots in as a single unit illustrated China’s acuity and interest in autonomous flight capabilities, not simply of drones but rather of smart drone instruments capable of much more.

Having shown its mastery of the key to successful drone swarming, China has moved beyond the initial steps in the process. Programmed units have also proven their capacity for independent thought. During its swarming demonstrations, the miniature drones, when falling out of sync with the group or failing to achieve their intended objectives, would execute their own landing. (emphasis added)

Chinese military drones also have the ability to repair themselves, which is astounding.

I strongly recommend that you check out the rest of the article. It’s very good.

Ethical Technology Will Require A Grassroots Revolution

A WIRED article today focuses on Tristan Harris, a former Design Ethicist at Google. The article provides an interesting perspective to ethics and technology than the majority I’ve read. There is no discussion of killer robots, but rather a focus on the relationship between technology and mankind.

According to Harris, the complexity of technology such as iPhones stimulates the mind via apps, for example, “has become an existential threat to human beings,” — language that closely parallels language used by Elon Musk. Email alone is literally addictive, stimulating the release of dopamine with each notification of received mail. Those neurological rewards (dopamine) kill neurons when overstimulated by video games or time spent on Facebook, according to Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UC San Francisco (UCSF).

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