Robotics

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#ADFRAS2040 – Reflections on the Possibilities of Autonomous Systems – Gary Waters and Patrick Bigland

In the first of The Central Blue’s #ADFRAS2040 series, Drs Gary Waters and Patrick Bigland reflect on the wide-ranging potential of robotic and autonomous systems. Though the path to full autonomy will be a long one, Waters and Bigland draw attention to some of the initial steps that will start the ADF down the right [...]

By |June 14th, 2020|#ADFRAS2040, Australian Defence Force, Future Warfare|0 Comments

Call for Submissions: Robotics and Autonomous Systems 2040 – The Central Blue, The Forge, and Grounded Curiosity

How will the future Australian Defence Force (ADF) exploit robotic and autonomous systems (RAS) to gain and maintain advantage across the continuum of competition and conflict? And how can the ADF counter threats to the future force posed by adversary RAS? These are the questions currently being asked by the ADF’s Force Exploration Branch as [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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From ‘Bats to MAVs’: The Concept is Clear, ‘Small’ is the Future of Aerial Warfare –Lee Tomàs

8 April 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 held on 22 March by the Williams [...]

By |April 8th, 2018|#highintensitywar, Technology|Comments Off on From ‘Bats to MAVs’: The Concept is Clear, ‘Small’ is the Future of Aerial Warfare –Lee Tomàs

Air Operations at the Level of Boots on the Ground  – Sean Welsh

28 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 held on 22 March by the Williams [...]

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A month on from #DEFAus17: An Officer Cadet breakin’ it down – Brent Moloney

28 January 2018   #DEFAus17 is the key event for the Australian Defence Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF), affiliated with the US and UK branches as well as the Kiwi Defence Innovation Centre of Excellence. DEF-Aus is a network of serving military personnel who debate future concepts and progress ideas to tangible action. In this post, Brent [...]

(Ro)Boots on the ground – Alan Stephens

  General Robert Scales argues that it’s time for the West’s armies to face-up to the full implications of the irresistible rise of robots in warfare “In war, boots on the ground are necessary, but we can do much more to reduce the body count” Robert Scales, 8 March 2017 The Past Retired US Army [...]

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Coming soon to a city near you? Autonomous “taxi-drones” – Editorial

  The likely introduction of driverless, autonomous "taxi-drones" in major cities may have implications for the military An EHang 184 taxi dronePicture credit: EHang Officials in the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates have announced their intention to have driverless, automated flying taxis operating over the city by July this year. [...]

By |February 23rd, 2017|Capability Development, Future Warfare, Technology|2 Comments

Australian Defence needs an Office of Robotics – Alan Stephens

  If, as the eminent strategist and military historian Edward Luttwak has argued, the people in our armed services define themselves through their ships, aeroplanes and tanks - a phenomenon he describes as “platformitis” - then the Australian Defence Force’s dominant culture is both obvious and near-impossible to change. As thing stand, for the next [...]