Top 5 by Venus in Arms – week 11

Celebrations for D-Day went by without major breakthroughs on Ukraine. “Unfreezing” between the two presidents does not yet have clear consequences. The New York Times accounts the 15 minutes of their interactions here. More a narrative than a thorough analysis. It is not meant as a critique, quite the contrary: some many words spent on the Ukrainian crisis, so little yet accomplished.

Technology features heavily in modern warfare and Venus in Arms Top 5 follows the trend. Though not linked to defense in this specific occurrence, there has been a quite hot debate on the machine that apparently passed the Turing Test. Slate’s David Auerbach reminds us not to go too fast on the issue. For those who grew up with the Skynet fear and the chance of the good Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) saving us from intelligent machines, this might be good news.

The evolution of AI and robotics, in any case, remain one of the top issues in defense matters. Our (senior…) fellow defense blog War on the Rocks features its own view on the topic, and this is a great review on war’s new grammar. After the debate in the 90s and early 2000s on how the RMA was changing the way of warfare, let’s be ready for endless (but often very interesting) discussions on AI, robotics and future war.

A new project by Glenn Greenwald (who was one of the leading journalists in the Snowden case) on journalism in the era of information society: It’s called First Look Media and here you can find one piece on the Guantanamo Bay affair (the issue: why is not closed yet, notwithstanding Obama’s declarations?). Stay in touch, Greenwald has some talent for opening Pandora’s boxes. If not this time, in future work.

To conclude, less words and more (beautiful) pictures. The New Yorker features a slideshow a photos on Burma. The shots portray an area of the country where an insurgency against the government was staged in the past years by the K.I.A.

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