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Russia to replace human soldiers with robots in combat: Report



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This Is the Robot Tank Russia Used in Syria (The National Interest)

Russia is reportedly aiming to replace human soldiers with what it deems as faster and more accurate robots on the battlefield, with plans to begin testing a newly developed unmanned armor fighting machine.

Citing recent statements by deputy director of Russia’s Advanced Research Foundation Vitaly Davydov, the US-based Forbes magazine reported that robotics will be the future of warfare due to their increased speed and accuracy in target selection.

“Living fighters will gradually begin to be replaced by their robotic ‘brothers’ who can act faster, more accurately and more selectively than people,” Davydov was quoted as saying.

According to Forbes, “developing robots for war is an international phenomenon.”

Russia, it said, will start testing their newly developed robot, the Marker UGV, towards the end of this year, although some of their military robots have underperformed during earlier combat tests. 

However, the Russian Ministry of Defense has pinned its hopes on the Marker UGV, which resembles a miniature battle tank that would not need a crew.

The Pentagon is also developing robot military capabilities and has come up with a method similar to Russia’s, the report said.

“There is a still-classified Russia’s military robotics roadmap that sketches out various stages of Russian unnamed military developments, which undoubtedly has been influenced by Russian military actions and experience in Syria,” said Samuel Bendett, an adviser at the US-based Center for Naval Analyses (CAN). 

“The Ministry of Defense is discussing the eventual use of robotic swarms in combat— and Marker is definitely the platform to test that out,” Bendett added. “As envisioned, it will be able to launch swarms of UAVs or loitering munitions, making it a truly versatile robotic platform.”

The development parallels many robotic programs under way in the US.

“It is remarkable, too, that both nations have hit upon swarms of ground robots as a way to supplement existing human formations in combat,” Forbes said.

It also pointed to “ethical considerations in handing over the decision to kill to an autonomous machine, ensuring that they adhere to the international law,” emphasizing that such technology is not quite there yet.

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‘The Donald’ shut down by Reddit as Twitch suspends Trump



This photo taken on July 24, 2019, shows the US live streaming video platform Twitch logo application on the screen of a tablet. (Photo by AFP)

US social news aggregation website Reddit shuts down ‘The Donald,’ a pro-Trump subreddit as video live streaming service Twitch temporarily suspends US President Donald Trump.

“All communities on Reddit must abide by our content policy in good faith. We banned r/The_Donald because it has not done so, despite every opportunity,” Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said in a post on the site on Monday.

Amazon’s Twitch, meanwhile, cited his “hateful conduct” for the suspension.

“In line with our policies, President Trump’s channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed,” a Twitch spokesperson told TechCrunch. “Like anyone else, politicians on Twitch must adhere to our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. We do not make exceptions for political or newsworthy content, and will take action on content reported to us that violates our rules.”

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At a recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trump made comments about immigration of “hombres” from Mexico into the country, which was cited as one of the two instances of hate by Twitch.

“Hey, it’s 1:00 o’clock in the morning and a very tough, I’ve used the word on occasion, hombre, a very tough hombre is breaking into the window of a young woman whose husband is away as a traveling salesman or whatever he may do. And you call 911 and they say, “I’m sorry, this number’s no longer working.” By the way, you have many cases like that, many, many, many. Whether it’s a young woman, an old woman, a young man or an old man and you’re sleeping,” said the Republican president.

The latest development comes a day after Trump had to delete a tweet because it promoted white power.

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Russia begins building first strategic stealth bomber: Report



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An artistic illustration of what Russia’s first strategic stealth bomber might look like.

Russia has begun manufacturing a prototype of its first strategic stealth heavy bomber, which is expected to be completed next year, a report says.

When operational, the new aircraft will be capable of carrying a wide range of advanced missiles and bombs, including hypersonic weapons, reported Russia’s TASS ass news agency on Tuesday, citing two unnamed sources from the state-run United Aircraft Corporation as saying.

According to the report, the military-industrial complex is overseeing the project of building the new bomber, known as the PAK DA, which will compete with the US Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit, which entered service in 1997.

The TASS report added that the material had been shipped for the project and that work had begun on the cockpit of the heavy bomber.

“The final assembly of the entire machine should be complete in 2021,” one of the sources told TASS.

Other reports indicated that the PAK DA would feature a flying wing design similar to American stealth bombers.

Russia has already developed its own stealth warplane, known as Sukhoi Su-57, which is a single-seat, twin-engine, multirole, fifth-generation jet fighter. It first flew in 2010 but has yet to be manufactured in large numbers.

Meanwhile, China is also developing its own long-range subsonic stealth bomber, known as the Xian H-20, which reportedly might make its first public appearance at an air show in November.

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Elon Musk is playing chicken with officials in Cali … restarting production at a Tesla factory in open defiance of an official order … daring authorities to handcuff him.

Here’s the deal … the Tesla honcho reopened his factory in Fremont, CA Monday despite Alameda County officials ordering the plant to remain shuttered due to coronavirus restrictions.

Elon seems ready and willing to buck the law … he says he’s willing to be arrested for his act of defiance.

But, law enforcement sources tell TMZ … authorities are NOT planning to arrest Elon or anyone else working at the plant. We’re told cops are aware of Elon’s announcement and are currently working on a plan forward.

Musk just tweeted to his 33 million followers, “Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules. I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.”

As you know … Elon’s beefing with Alameda County over orders to keep the plant closed, and he’s already threatened to move the factory to Nevada or Texas and sued the county.



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