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Attackers, victims, and bystanders livestream the attacks, and everybody else gets bombarded with instant outrage, says John Robb.

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Great powers such as the US and China are soon going to start fighting limited wars using all-robot armies – unmanned, bloodless successors to the proxy wars we saw between the US and USSR during the Cold War, says blogger John Robb.

These battles could be short and over in hours, fought with robotics and cyber combined arms. In some cases, they could go on for decades. An eternal contest until one side or the other runs out of money or the political need to distract an angry population.

The Return of the Great Power War [John Robb – Global Guerrillas]

I think I’ve had a conversion experience about Trump. But not in the way you’re thinking.

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Sure, Trump is a putz, but he’s only incrementally different than most of the Republican leadership for the past 15 years at least. And the Democrats are no prize either.

Trump isn’t the next Hitler. He’s your blowhard uncle, if your blowhard uncle drove a private helicopter with his name on it instead of a rustbucket Dodge Neon.

The Sadness and Beauty of Watching Google’s AI Play Go

Victory by an artificial intelligence playing the game Go might be the beginning of the Singularity.

Google's AlphaGo taught itself tricks that humans haven't been able to figure out in 2,500 years playing the game.

[The Sadness and Beauty of Watching Google's AI Play Go / Cade Metz / Wired]

John Robb says we're seeing the emergence of a new breed of AI. They're special purpose; not the humanlike (or godlike) AI of stories. But they'll soon be better than humans at nearly every job we do. Better doctors, better judges. Everything. With huge implications for war. [Game ON: The end of the old economic system is in sight / John Robb / Global Guerrillas]