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Fermi’s Paradox Proves There’s No Government Alien Conspiracy Around Roswell

Across the 75 years since something—something—crashed outside Roswell in early July 1947, the very name itself has taken on a life of its own: Today, it’s shorthand for UFOs, extraterrestrials, and a vast government conspiracy, perhaps even where the very idea of the deep state itself was born. The city of 50,000 in southeastern New Mexico, about three hours from Albuquerque and El Paso, has leaned into its infamy: There’s a UFO museum, a space walk, and even a flying-saucer-shaped McDonald’s, not to mention any number of…

Virgin Galactic to fly out three tourists to space in its second commercial flight next month

After the launch of its first commercial flight into space, Virgin Galactic is now preparing for its second – and first-ever private passenger flight – Galactic 02, which is scheduled for August 10. The live stream of the event will be available on the company website.Virgin Airlines is taking four passengers to space – Jon Goodwin, an 80-year-old Olympian from the 1972 Munich games, purchased his ticket early. Then, there are mother and daughter, Keisha Schahaff and Anastasia Mayers, who won their seats in a fundraising…

The Strangely Believable Tale of a Mythical Rogue Drone

Did you hear about the Air Force AI drone that went rogue and attacked its operators inside a simulation? The cautionary tale was told by Colonel Tucker Hamilton, chief of AI test and operations at the US Air Force, during a speech at an aerospace and defense event in London late last month. It apparently involved taking the kind of learning algorithm that has been used to train computers to play video games and board games like Chess and Go and using it to train a drone to hunt and destroy surface-to-air missiles. “At…

5 things about AI you may have missed today: Daenerys’ Kerala wedding to AI drone, check them all

The biggest news around the world of AI is still the unexpected rise of Nvidia as it breached the $1 trillion value mark. However, there are far more interesting stories that are constantly developing in this space. For example, an AI traffic system in India issued as many as 400 e-challan in a single day. In separate news, Bill Gates has warned that AI could spell the end of search engines like Google and shopping platforms like Amazon. This and more in our today's AI roundup.AI traffic system issues 400 e-challans in a…

Pentagon Probes Why Boeing Staff Worked on Air Force One Planes Without Security Credentials

Pentagon officials are scrutinizing why Boeing Co. employees worked on current and future Air Force One planes without security credentials required for the highly classified jets.The Defense Department and Boeing have also been examining for how long many workers with access to the jets now in use by the U.S. president, and under development in San Antonio, lacked certain current security credentials, according to a Pentagon official and a person familiar with the matter. The Boeing…

The US Air Force Is Moving Fast on AI-Piloted Fighter Jets

During testing in December, a pair of AI programs were fed into the system: the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Autonomous Air Combat Operations (AACO) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Air Combat Evolution (ACE). AACO’s AI agents focused on combat with a single adversary beyond visual range (BVR), while ACE focused on dogfight-style maneuvers with a closer, “visible” simulated enemy.While VISTA requires a certified pilot in the rear cockpit as backup, during test flights, an engineer trained in…

IAF procures electric vehicles to reduce carbon footprint

The Indian Air Force inducted a fleet of electric vehicles in keeping with the government's initiative on introduction of green mobility. Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari flagged off the first batch of 12 electric vehicles in the presence of other senior officers and staff. "In order to achieve reduction in carbon footprint and in keeping with the government of India's initiative on introduction of green mobility, the IAF has inducted a fleet of Tata Nexon electric vehicles," the IAF said in a statement. It said the force…

Delays in Boeing’s New Air Force One Cause Costs to Pile Up for Shareholders, Taxpayers

Boeing Co. BA 5.82% ’s troubled project to replace Air Force One is getting costlier, both for the plane maker’s shareholders and U.S. taxpayers who will have to pay to keep the president’s aging jets flying longer.The Arlington, Va., aerospace company said it expects to lose $766 million more on the high-profile, years-late project to transform two 747-8 jumbo jets into flying White Houses, bringing its total losses related to the effort to nearly $2 billion, according…

Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Pentagon to Deepen Ties Despite Dispute on Starlink Funding in Ukraine

The Pentagon is set to expand its use of Elon Musk’s SpaceX satellite capabilities despite a recent dispute between the two sides over the funding of satellite-based internet services for an embattled Ukraine, according to government documents.Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the formal name for the company that Mr. Musk founded more than two decades ago, is already a major Pentagon contractor, handling sensitive national-security launches on its rockets. Those ties are set to grow into…

U.S. Pushes to Keep B-52 Bombers Going as Pressure From China Grows

The U.S. is pushing to upgrade its 60-year-old fleet of strategic bombers to keep them flying into the second half of the 21st century in an effort to deter potential adversaries such as China and Russia.Air Force officials and military experts have said the refresh of the B-52 bomber—a long-range jet built by Boeing Co. BA 1.08% that can carry large loads of conventional and nuclear weapons—is crucial to providing an effective deterrent. The B-52 revamp could cost $11.8…