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#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

The Central Blue: 2018 in Review – Editorial

Two thousand eighteen has been another busy year for The Central Blue as we continue to pursue the blog’s aims of fostering informed discussion and debate on issues relating to Australian air power and encouraging airmen to write about their profession of arms. The Central Blue is now a healthy two-year-old and, like most two-year-olds, [...]

Perspectives on an ‘Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and the Future of War’ Seminar – Andrew Fisher

On 24 October 2018, the Australian Defence College (ADC) hosted a Profession of Arms Seminar entitled ‘Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and the Future of War’. The seminar was well attended by a variety of personnel across all three services, ranks and other government departments. FLTLT Kate Yaxley and SQNLDR Andrew Fisher were two of those attendees [...]

By |November 25th, 2018|AI, Future Warfare|0 Comments

Perspectives on an ‘Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and the Future of War’ Seminar – Kate Yaxley

On 24 October 2018, the Australian Defence College (ADC) hosted a Profession of Arms Seminar entitled ‘Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and the Future of War’. The seminar was well attended by a variety of personnel across all three services, ranks and other government departments. Kate Yaxley and Andrew Fisher were two of those attendees and have [...]

By |November 18th, 2018|AI, Future Warfare|0 Comments

A Central Blue Debrief with Air Commodore Joe ‘Vinny’ Iervasi

04 November 2018 We debrief Air Commodore Joe ‘Vinny’ Iervasi on what lies ahead for Australian airmen. Our debriefs consist of eight standard questions and two tailored to the individual being debriefed. We plan to publish more over the coming months and welcome your suggestions on debrief targets and issues. The Central Blue (TCB): What [...]

By |November 4th, 2018|5th Generation Air Power, Air Force, Debriefs|0 Comments

How can Air Force best attract, recruit, train, educate and retain a workforce of the best available talent? – Shaun McGill

Editorial Note: There is no doubt that people are our greatest asset and the key to fully realising a fifth-generation Air Force. We are pleased to introduce a new contributor to The Central Blue - Shaun McGill. In this essay, he explores how the Royal Australian Air Force might attract the talent needed to make [...]