The Race to Stop Autonomous Weapons

AI expert and University of New South Wales professor Toby Walsh fears that autonomous weapons (those that require no human direction or activation) are not super-futuristic but much closer than many people think. Obviously, this is a scary concept. “You can’t have machines deciding whether humans live or die. It crosses new territory. Machines don’t have our moral compass, our compassion and our emotions. Machines …

Lockheed Martin’s Laser Beams

With their latest weapons demonstration, Lockheed Martin is proving that laser beam canons aren’t reserved just for science fiction. Using the Advanced Test High Energy Asset (or ATHENA), Lockheed burned a hole through a stationary, running vehicle in only a few seconds and from about a mile out. ATHENA focuses multiple fiber-optic lasers into a single beam, unleashing 30 kilowatts of energy into its targets. …

The Winsome Brave

Primal utility gets a feminine touch

Valerie Gnaedig and Annie Lenon fabricate industrial objects that re-imagine some of our most basic items like nails, or a stone you might wield at an enemy. The Brooklyn-based design duo, known as The Winsome Brave, have been making work together for less than a year, but are quickly charming the design community with their feminine touch on primal utility. “We’re branding them now as …