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The United States Airforce (USAF) has unveiled Project Kaiju, a $150m (£108m) effort to build "cognitive electronic warfare" systems capable of operating entirely autonomously – to be run under Godzilla's watchful eye. Named for the entertainment genre, Japanese for "strange beast", Project Kaiju is not - sadly - an effort to …

  1. NoneSuch Silver badge

    It's All Fun and Games...

    Until a civilian airliner is mistaken for a MIG-21 and a badly written computer program decides to delete it.

    Mankind's recognition of civilian airlines in war zones isn't great, so forgive me if my faith in a human programmed system does not inspire confidence.

    1. cyberdemon Silver badge

      Re: It's All Fun and Games...

      It's all fun and games, until you get shot by a machinegun-armed drone because your face was scanned and did not match against a government-approved list of apocalypse survivors.

      But then again, it's no worse than what America's enemies are churning out, so they have to keep up, right?

      See: Ziyan Blowfish A3, etc etc.

      Autonomous weapons are both real and fucking scary. Meanwhile humanity on this planet is growing unsustainably..

      "We don't know who struck first - us or them - but we do know that it was us who scorched the sky.."

      1. teknopaul Silver badge

        Re: It's All Fun and Games...

        The US is in an arms race with itself. What it needs now to keep the economy churning is a long 100% autonomous war on the moon

        4th law of robots is that robots are allowed to do harm to other robots.

        On a cloudless night you could look up see the lights on the moon so you know where you're tax dollar is being spent

  2. chivo243 Silver badge

    checking calendar

    Not April 1... and no mention of Johnny Socko? Ultra Man?

    1. Chris G

      Re: checking calendar

      Well, the proposal has got nearly all of the right tech, military and MBA buzzspeak in there and lots of acronyms and initials, it has a top secret classification and names for the individual sub projects that make it difficult for any but an insider to know which bit does what.

      A perfect project to run over time, over budget and still underperform without being accountable.

      Sounds perfect to me.

      Of course it probably won't win a war or stop weddings being bombed but it'll be some income for the old boys.

  3. cornetman Silver badge

    This is a serious question: does any of this military tech every get actually used in anger or is it mostly a complete waste of money?

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Yes to both questions but such is the nature of exploring solutions and hopefully finding them. As the old saying goes... "some you win, some you lose, others you get rained out". In light of that, let's hope they don't forget to water proof everything.

  4. John Savard


    Something named Colossus in a discussion of military AI... let's hope it doesn't become a whopper of a mistake!

    But cutsey names are just something to assist morale, which should not be taken too seriously.

  5. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

    Giant Monsters

    "... an effort to breed giant monsters to defend US interests."

    They are already here - mega corp defence contractors - you can never slay them

  6. Chris Gray 1

    Names Matter!

    Hey, my copy of "Gamera vs Barugon" spells it with a "U", not an "A". Damn military can't get anything right!

    100 minues, copyright 1965, "the second entry in the Dajei Studios' monster series"

    I suppose its possible that whoever designed the disk cover is the one who got it worng.


    Oooooh. Checking Wikipedia ... Baragon "Not to be confused with Barragon or Gamera vs. Barugon." Sigh.

  7. Sgt_Oddball Silver badge

    I've seen/read enough warnings on this

    "How about a nice game of chess?"

    1. teknopaul Silver badge

      Re: I've seen/read enough warnings on this

      US Mega Corp will be happy to invest in warehouses full of AI hardware to play chess with the enemy

  8. Cuddles

    Please specify

    "US aircraft are increasingly required to operate in hostile environments heavily defended by integrated air-defence systems"

    Are they? Where, exactly?

    1. teknopaul Silver badge

      Re: Please specify


  9. Arthur the cat Silver badge

    That's got

    more acronyms than an explosion in a Scrabble factory.

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