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Dec 13, 2022

Crawling robots will survey ageing US nuclear missile silos

Posted by in categories: military, nuclear weapons, robotics/AI

Decades-old US silos holding Minuteman III missiles that have been a key nuclear deterrent since the 1970s will be assessed by robots that can crawl straight up walls.

Dec 8, 2022

New kilonova has astronomers rethinking what we know about gamma-ray bursts

Posted by in categories: cosmology, geopolitics, military, nuclear weapons, satellites, treaties

A year ago, astronomers discovered a powerful gamma-ray burst (GRB) lasting nearly two minutes, dubbed GRB 211211A. Now, that unusual event is upending the long-standing assumption that longer GRBs are the distinctive signature of a massive star going supernova. Instead, two independent teams of scientists identified the source as a so-called “kilonova,” triggered by the merger of two neutron stars, according to a new paper published in the journal Nature. Because neutron star mergers were assumed to only produce short GRBs, the discovery of a hybrid event involving a kilonova with a long GRB is quite surprising.

“This detection breaks our standard idea of gamma-ray bursts,” said co-author Eve Chase, a postdoc at Los Alamos National Laboratory. “We can no longer assume that all short-duration bursts come from neutron-star mergers, while long-duration bursts come from supernovae. We now realize that gamma-ray bursts are much harder to classify. This detection pushes our understanding of gamma-ray bursts to the limits.”

As we’ve reported previously, gamma-ray bursts are extremely high-energy explosions in distant galaxies lasting between mere milliseconds to several hours. The first gamma-ray bursts were observed in the late 1960s, thanks to the launching of the Vela satellites by the US. They were meant to detect telltale gamma-ray signatures of nuclear weapons tests in the wake of the 1963 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty with the Soviet Union. The US feared that the Soviets were conducting secret nuclear tests, violating the treaty. In July 1967, two of those satellites picked up a flash of gamma radiation that was clearly not the signature of a nuclear weapons test.

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Dec 1, 2022

China’s nuclear arsenal to triple by 2035? Country to expand nuclear warheads to 1500 | WION

Posted by in categories: military, nuclear weapons

The protests in China have had no impact on Beijing’s ambitions of world domination. On Tuesday, Chinese jets violated South Korea’s Air defence zone. A Pentagon report further claims China will have 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035. Priyanka Sharma reports.

#Gravitas #China #Nuclear.

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Nov 20, 2022

Even a small nuclear war could cause global famine — here’s what the data shows

Posted by in categories: climatology, computing, existential risks, geopolitics, military, nuclear weapons, treaties

Nuclear arsenals remain large enough to fundamentally shift the Earth system in the blink of an eye.

The U.S. and Russia have recently agreed to hold talks on the New START Treaty, and the only accord left regulating the two largest nuclear arsenals in the world. While this is undoubtedly good news, we must not allow it to lull us into complacency. Global events this year, most notably in Ukraine, have raised fears of a nuclear conflict to levels not seen since the cold war. More than 10,000 nuclear warheads remain in the world, and the Kremlin’s language regarding weapons of mass destruction has become increasingly threatening in 2022.


Global famine and climate breakdown

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Oct 18, 2022

Elon Musk Warns Russia Can Utterly Destroy US, Europe With Nuclear Missiles In Under 30 Minutes And Vice Versa: ‘We Are At The Highest Risk In 60 Years’

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, existential risks, military, nuclear weapons

After floating a peace plan to end the Ukraine war Elon Musk has of late been talking about the possibility of a looming nuclear war. Reasonable…

Oct 4, 2022

RUSSIA Forced to RETREAT from LYMAN as Putin is Urged to Retaliate with LOW YIELD NUCLEAR Missiles

Posted by in categories: economics, military, nuclear weapons

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Russia is LOSING the War against Ukraine and has RETREATED from the Key Town of LYMAN which it has held since May and was used as a Supply & Transport HUB for the North of Ukraine. In Direct Response one of President Putin’s RIGHT HAND MEN has Urged Russia to Launch LOW YIELD NUCLEAR STRIKES on Ukraine. In this video I provide full details of the latest situation, as well as providing on update on the NORD STREAM Pipelines, European Gas SUPPLY and details of what a Low Yield Nuclear Bomb is. Finally I provide my view on the implications of the current situation for both Russia & the GLOBAL ECONOMY.

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Oct 2, 2022

Michel Colombier — Colossus: The Forbin Project OST (1970) (bootleg)

Posted by in categories: government, military, nuclear weapons, robotics/AI, supercomputing

Once the first artificial super intelligence is created it will help us recursively improve ourselves and then the post human millennium will begin.


Thinking this will prevent war, the US government gives an impenetrable supercomputer total control over launching nuclear missiles. But what the computer does with the power is unimaginable to its creators.

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Aug 28, 2022

Inside Tesla’s Innovative And Homegrown “Dojo” AI Supercomputer

Posted by in categories: military, nuclear weapons, robotics/AI, space travel, supercomputing

How expensive and difficult does hyperscale-class AI training have to be for a maker of self-driving electric cars to take a side excursion to spend how many hundreds of millions of dollars to go off and create its own AI supercomputer from scratch? And how egotistical and sure would the company’s founder have to be to put together a team that could do it?

Like many questions, when you ask these precisely, they tend to answer themselves. And what is clear is that Elon Musk, founder of both SpaceX and Tesla as well as a co-founder of the OpenAI consortium, doesn’t have time – or money – to waste on science projects.

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Aug 23, 2022

Can We Merge With Artificial General Intelligence? — The AGI Symbiosis

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, employment, existential risks, military, nuclear weapons, robotics/AI, singularity

Artificial General Intelligence — Short for AGI is a trending and recent topic of debate among AI researchers and computer scientists. A pressing issue for AI or artificial Intelligence is the AI alignment problem. The AI control problem could be the most important task for humanity to solve. There have been many suggestions from AI researchers to avoid the dangers of artificial general intelligence or a digital super-intellgience. It seems among the best solutions to this problem has been a merging scenario with AGI. Elon Musk has suggested we regulate artificial intelligence and we should proceed very carefully if humanity collectively decides that creating a digital super-intelligence is the right move. Elon Musk is the founder of many high tech companies, including Neuralink. Which develops implantable brain–machine interfaces. Elon Musk warns that AI is probably the biggest existential threat for humanity. AGI is probably even more dangerous than nuclear warheads and nobody would suggest we allow anyone to build nuclear weapons if they want. The pressing issue for a potential AGI development and eventually the creation of a digital super-intelligence is going to be increasingly relevant in the coming years. Dr. Ben Goertzel, CEO & Founder, of SingularityNET Foundation, is one of the world’s foremost experts in Artificial General Intelligence. According to him these reactions are probably going to look very silly to people a few decades from now, as they go about their lives which have been made tremendously easy and happy and fascinating compared to 2020 reality, via the wide rollout of advanced AGI systems to handle manufacturing service, and all the other practical jobs that humans now spend their time doing. Elon musk suggested, the merge scenario with A.I. is the one that seems like probably the best,” or as he put it on the Joe Rogan Experience. “If you can’t beat it, join it.

#AGI #AI #Artificialintelligence.

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Aug 15, 2022

For 15 Years, America’s Secret Nuclear Launch Codes Were “00000000”

Posted by in categories: existential risks, military, nuclear weapons

I heard they changed it to 80085.


By Wes O’Donnell Managing Editor, InMilitary.com and InCyberDefense.com. U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Veteran. Speaker and Veteran Advocate.

Some say that truth is often stranger than fiction. According to a 2004 memo by Dr. Bruce Blair, a former Minuteman missile launch control officer, the U.S. Strategic Air Command (SAC) once intentionally set the launch codes at all Minuteman nuclear missile silos in the U.S. to a series of eight zeroes.

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