US Giants Skimp on Research, Development / Defense Industry As Profits Rose, Investment Lagged

As Profits Rose, Investment Lagged Behind Aug. 19, 2013 – 09:26AM   | By ZACHARY FRYER-BIGGS and MARCUS WEISGERBER   |   C   WASHINGTON — The defense industry enjoyed nearly a decade of explosive growth following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but while revenue and profit went through the roof, investment in company-funded research and development stagnated.…

Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm

Exclusive: Raytheon’s Riot program mines social network data like a ‘Google for spies’, drawing ire from civil rights groups Ryan Gallagher The Guardian, Sunday 10 February 2013 10.20 EST Link to video: How Raytheon software tracks you online A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people’s movements and predicting future behaviour…

Rise of the Machines: Autonomous killer robots ‘could be developed in 20 years’

Militaries  around the world ‘very excited’ about replacing soldiers with robots that can  act independently U.S. leads  the way with automated weapons systems, but drones still need remote control  operator authorisation to open fire Human  Rights Watch calls for worldwide ban on autonomous killing machines before  governments start using them By Damien Gayle PUBLISHED:06:06 EST,…