Skynet or Eagle Eye: you decide. There is a little military exercise going on in the US that you might have heard about, called “Jade Helm.” What makes this interesting for me are the computer systems that are involved in this military exercise. All militaries enjoy using acronyms for just about everything, and JADE Helm is an example of that. JADE stands for “Joint Assistant for Deployment and Execution.” From what I can tell, this is a cloud system that is controlled by an artificial intelligence (AI) system and is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
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I can remember that, as a child, one of my favorite television shows was The Six Million Dollar Man. In case you’re not old enough to remember the show, it was about an astronaut named Steve Austin, who is severely injured in the crash of an experimental lifting body aircraft. He is “rebuilt” in an operation that costs six million dollars. His right arm, both legs, and left eye are replaced with “bionic” implants that enhance his strength, speed, and vision far above human norms: he can run at speeds of 60 mph (97 km/h) and his eye has a 20:1 zoom lens and infrared capabilities, while his bionic limbs all have power equivalent to a bulldozer’s. He uses his enhanced abilities to work for the OSI (Office of Scientific Intelligence) as a secret agent.