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Planning to Win: Structuring the Force – Part 2 – Gus McLachlan

We welcome Major General Gus McLachlan (Ret’d.) AO, Director of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation, who shares his thoughts in a two-part series on how to best approach force structure to gain a winning advantage. In part one, McLachlan covers how defence forces plan to win using one or more force design approaches: size, platforms, [...]

Planning to Win: Structuring the Force – Part 1 – Gus McLachlan

We welcome Major General Gus McLachlan (Ret’d.) AO, Director of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation, who shares his thoughts in a two-part series on how to best approach force structure to gain a winning advantage. In part one, McLachlan covers how defence forces plan to win using one or more force design approaches: size, platforms, [...]

#SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: AugoStrat Awakenings, Part III – A New Corps – Mick Ryan

Welcome to 2020! The Central Blue is delighted to launch the new decade with the third part of Mick Ryan’s AugoStrat saga, a part of our #SciFi #AI and the Future of War fiction series. Check out parts one and two and then read on! The holo-screen froze, the people and scene it depicted now [...]

By |January 19th, 2020|AI, Australian Defence Force, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|0 Comments

#SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: AugoStrat Awakenings, Part IIMick Ryan

We are pleased to welcome back Mick Ryan with the second instalment of his short story AugoStrat Awakenings. You can find the first part of this story here. The bright lights and screens of the room hurt her eyes as she opened them after a short nap. The chair was pretty comfortable, but she would [...]

By |March 10th, 2019|AI, Australian Defence Force, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: AugoStrat Awakenings, Part IIMick Ryan

#SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Terminator 3: Rise of the MachinesChris McInnes

The Terminator series is something of a touchstone for popular thinking regarding artificial intelligence. Chris McInnes joins the #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War series to discuss the insights of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines regarding how think about artificial intelligence and autonomous weapons systems. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (T3) is [...]

By |March 3rd, 2019|AI, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Terminator 3: Rise of the MachinesChris McInnes

#SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Childhood’s EndJames Groves

James Groves joins us to review Arthur C. Clarke’s 1952 book, Childhood’s End. He suggests the book’s dystopian vision of omniscient surveillance illustrates the potential for AI to fundamentally undermine the very things that make us human. Ubiquitous surveillance. Omnipresent sensors. Centralised processing. Deep learning. Intelligent surveillance readies itself to record the next move and, [...]

By |February 27th, 2019|AI, Book review, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Childhood’s EndJames Groves

#SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: ChappieDavid McFarlane

David McFarlane joins the #SCiFi, #AI and the Future of War series with this discussion of the movie Chappie, directed by Neill Blomkamp. David argues the movie usefully prompts us to think through how our perceptions of AI will shape relationships, and challenges humans to consider that the notion of unintended consequences in dealing with [...]

By |February 20th, 2019|AI, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction, Technology|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: ChappieDavid McFarlane

#SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: Astro Boy, Chappie, ‘consciousness’ and the Japanese way of robotics – Jo Brick

Jo Brick joins our #SciFi, #AI and the Future of War series with a discussion on Western and Japanese approaches in fiction to robots and consciousness. Why is it, Jo asks, that Western approaches seem replete with gadgets rising up to end humanity while Japanese robots will happily co-exist if humans will let them? ‘Cogito [...]

By |February 17th, 2019|AI, Ethics, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: Astro Boy, Chappie, ‘consciousness’ and the Japanese way of robotics – Jo Brick

#SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Good News from the VaticanShane Dunn

Shane Dunn joins our #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War series to discuss Good News from the Vatican by Robert Silverberg. The book presents a thought-provoking discussion on human perceptions the strengths, weaknesses, and proper place of artificial intelligence. The science fiction story considered here is Good News from the Vatican by Robert Silverberg [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|AI, Book review, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Good News from the VaticanShane Dunn

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 [...]

By |January 31st, 2019|#Selfsustain, Australian Army, Australian Defence Force, Future Warfare, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy, Strategy, Technology|Comments Off on Call for Submissions: #Selfsustain and High-Intensity Operations – Editorial