Fiction

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#Scifi, #AI – It has always been thus – Jason Begley

Fiction is playing an increasingly important role in shaping the debate and discussion on the future of warfare. In this short story, Jason Begley explores the enduring nature of technology’s influence on the conduct of war and the challenges associated with managing the short-term benefits gained through a technological edge. Almost dawn. He drew a [...]

By |June 9th, 2019|Fiction, Science Fiction, Technology|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: 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

#SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Trusted – Marija Jovanovich

Marija Jovanovich joins our #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War series with a short, and very human, story on the ups and downs of future technologies. It wasn’t meant to be like this. I’m sitting in this boring beige room, have been for what seems like hours. I don’t know what time they left, [...]

By |February 3rd, 2019|5th Generation Air Power, AI, Fiction, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Trusted – Marija Jovanovich

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

#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|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: AugoStrat AwakeningsMick Ryan

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

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|Comments Off on Science Fiction, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of War: An Introduction – Editorial

2026: Operation Iranian Freedom – Phil Walter, Diane Maye, and Nathan Finney

4 March 2018 Editorial Note: Between February and April 2018, The Central Blue and From Balloons to Drones, will be publishing a series of articles that examine the requirements of high-intensity warfare in the 21st Century. These articles provide the intellectual underpinnings to a seminar on high-intensity warfare being held on 22 March by the [...]

By |March 4th, 2018|#highintensitywar, Fiction, Future Warfare, Strategy|Comments Off on 2026: Operation Iranian Freedom – Phil Walter, Diane Maye, and Nathan Finney