Monthly Archives: January 2019


Call for Submissions: #Selfsustain and High-Intensity Operations – Editorial

On 11 April 2019, the Sir Richard Williams Foundation is holding a seminar examining high-intensity operations and sustaining self-reliance. The aim of the seminar, building on previous seminars and series looking at #jointstrike and #highintensitywar, is to establish a common understanding of the importance and challenges of sustaining a self-reliant Australian Defence Force in a [...]

#Scifi, #AI and the Future of War: The Long EarthTravis Hallen

Our next contributor to our #scifi #AI series is a long-time advocate of The Central Blue, Wing Commander Travis Hallen with his review of The Long Earth series by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. The series underscores the imperative to understand the relationship between ‘superior’ humans and the ‘dim bulbs’ – those who understand and [...]

By |January 30th, 2019|AI, Book review, Future Warfare, Review, Science Fiction|0 Comments

Talking Joint Professional Military Education – Mick Ryan

The Central Blue interviewed Major General Mick Ryan, Commander Australian Defence College (ADC) about his thoughts on the importance of education and continuous learning for the profession of arms. This interview is part of a series to be conducted throughout the year, and we welcome your suggestions on debrief topics and issues. The Central Blue [...]

By |January 27th, 2019|Debriefs, Education, Leadership, Training|0 Comments

#SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: Colossus: The Forbin ProjectMichael Spencer

The next contribution in our #Scifi, #AI and the future of war series comes from Michael Spencer, who reviewed the 1970 movie; Colossus: The Forbin Project. This movie encourages us to consider human cognitive ability when creating AI systems and code. It calls into question our (in)ability to define and design systems that consider all [...]

By |January 23rd, 2019|AI, Book review, Ethics, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|0 Comments

#SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?Carl Rhodes

Carl Rhodes joins us to look at the artificial intelligence, autonomy, and human-machine teaming implications for Philip Dick’s 1968 book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? This book was originally published in 1968. The 1982 movie Blade Runner is based on this book, but only very loosely. The book presents a less optimistic view of [...]

By |January 20th, 2019|AI, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|0 Comments

#Scifi, #AI and the Future of War: AccelerandoAndrew Cruickshank

We welcome Andrew Cruickshank to our #Scifi #AI series with his review of Charles Stross’ 2006 book, Accelerando that explores the notion of a singularity. He highlights the challenge of noticing change and finding causality if change is constant and causality is beyond human comprehension. Singularity stories are now a staple of science fiction, but [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|AI, Book review, Ethics, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|0 Comments

#SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: AugoStrat AwakeningsMick Ryan

We are very pleased to welcome Mick Ryan to the #SciFi #AI series with his short story about Jason and the Augo-Strats. The adversary had destroyed two of the new submarines over the past week. In both instances, swarms of mini-submarines using biological propulsion had been able to approach and attach themselves undetected. Their charges [...]

By |January 13th, 2019|AI, Ethics, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|0 Comments

#SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Fahrenheit 451Mark O’Neill

We welcome Mark O’Neill to launch our #scifi #AI series with his review of Ray Bradbury’s 1951 classic, Fahrenheit 451. Much of the discussion about artificial intelligence centres on what machines might do to humanity but is, as Bradbury and O’Neill ask, the more significant concern is what AI might enable humanity to do to [...]

By |January 9th, 2019|AI, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|0 Comments

Science Fiction, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of War: An Introduction – Editorial

Reading science fiction drives us to think about the future and frees us from the constraints of the present, allowing us to see the trends affecting today's military in a new way. It draws our thinking out of current operations, out of the day-to-day meetings and PowerPoint presentations. In many ways, science fiction is the [...]

By |January 6th, 2019|AI, Fiction, Future Warfare|0 Comments