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Pentagon Warns about World WAR 3 with AI and 40 Million Russians in Drills for Possible Nuclear Strike

The next global conflict will move at a speed which humans can barely keep up with - due to the fact that artificial intelligence will be in the driving seat. Yahoo UK reports.

The death toll could ramp up at barely conceivable speeds, a Pentagon chief has warned - due to the use of ‘smart weaponry’ and AI.

Major General William Hix said, ‘A conventional conflict in the near future will be extremely lethal and fast, and we will not own the stopwatch.

'The speed of events are likely to strain our human abilities,’ Hix said.

'The speed at which machines can make decisions in the far future is likely to challenge our ability to cope, demanding a new relationship between man and machine.’

Earlier this year, Pentagon chiefs warned that the world is entering an ‘arms race’ for robotic weapons - and the result could be machines like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator.

Air Force General Paul Selva, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the US Defense Department, has warned that technology could lead to, ‘Robotic systems to do lethal harm… a Terminator without a conscience.’

Selva says that the key to retaining control is to ensure machines cannot decide to kill on their own behalf - and that a human must always be ‘in the loop’.

Human Rights Watch warn that Terminator-style robots - which can 'decide’ to kill - will be feasible in decades.

According Defense One , A new Defense Department report says that the country needs to take "immediate action" to speed up its development of AI war technology. Academic and private research on AI and autonomous tech is well ahead of American forces, the study says.

The board cautions that rivals (such as China and Russia) have "less restrictive" policies on lethal autonomous hardware, such as killer robots. That doesn't mean that the US should follow their lead, but it may need technology that can thwart deadly AI systems before it's too late.

Russia launches massive nuclear war training exercise with '40 million people'

Independent UK report: The Russian government has launched a nationwide civil defence training exercise to ensure the country is properly prepared in the event of a nuclear, chemical and biological attack from the West.

Amid growing international tensions, particulary over Russia's conduct in Syria, the Defence Ministry-run Zvezda TV network announced last week: "Schizophrenics from America are sharpening nuclear weapons for Moscow."

Lasting three days, the exercise bing run by the Ministry for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (EMERCOM) will involve 200,000 emergency personnel and the co-operation of 40 million civilians.

EMERCOM stated on its website: 

"The drill will rehearse radiation, chemical and biological protection of the personnel and population during emergencies at crucial and potentially dangerous facilities.

"Fire safety, civil defence and human protection at social institutions and public buildings are also planned to be checked.

"Response units will deploy radiation, chemical and biological monitoring centers and sanitation posts at the emergency areas, while laboratory control networks are going to be put on standby."

Relations between Russia and the West continue to deteriorate with Vladimir Putin suspending an agreement with the US over the disposal of surplus weapons-grade plutonium, BBC reports.

The U.S. Military Has Conducted Dangerous Biowarfare Experiments On Americans

Many details about the army's tests over populated areas remain secret. Most of the test reports are still classified or cannot be located. It sounds like a prime conspiracy theory, and indeed if you type it into Google that’s a lot of what you find, but for a period of at least 20 years, the U.S. army carried out simulated open-air biological warfare attacks – on their own cities like San Francisco.

In the wake of World War II, the United Sates military was suddenly worried about and keen to test out the threats posed by biological warfare. They started experiments looking into how bacteria and their harmful toxins might spread, only using harmless stand-in microbes. They tested these on military bases, infecting soldiers and their families who lived with them, but eventually they stepped things up a notch. Disclosed in 1977, it turns out that the U.S. military carried out 239 secret open-air tests on its own citizens.

In one of its largest experiments – called Operation Sea-Spray – the military used giant hoses to spray a bacterial cloud of Serratia marcescens and Bacillus globigii, both thought to be harmless bacteria at the time, from a Navy ship docked just off the coast of San Francisco. They wanted to investigate how the city's iconic fog might help with the spread of bacterial warfare. And spread it did. It’s estimated that all of the city’s 800,000 residents inhaled millions of the bacteria over the next few weeks as they went about their daily lives none the wiser. 

The military experiments are now known to have caused the death of at least one person, Edward J. Nevin, and the hospitalization of ten others, all of whom suffered from urinary tract infections. It is now known that S. marcescens can cause infection, especially in the urinary and respiratory tract. In fact, it’s even been suggested that the increase in cases of pneumonia in San Francisco following Operation Sea-Spray could also have been a result of the bacterial cloud.

At the time S. marcescens seemed like the ideal proxy for a deadly bacterial attack, like one using anthrax. Living in the soil, it produces a handy, bright, blood-red pigment, a property often exploited in microbiology as a biological marker allowing scientists to track its transmission in various situations. Perfect then, it would seem, to track a simulated biological warfare attack. Except we now know that it’s not the benign bacterium we once thought it was.

Military officials were called to testify before Congress in 1977 after information about these biological warfare experiments was revealed.

At the time, those officials said that determining just how vulnerable the US was to a biological attack "required extensive research and development to determine precisely our vulnerability, the efficacy of our protective measures, and the tactical and strategic capability of various delivery systems and agents," according to a record of that testimony quoted in "Clouds of Secrecy."

In 2001, a New York Times report revealed projects testing biological weapons that began under the Clinton administration and continued under the second Bush administration. A 1972 treaty theoretically prohibited developing biological weapons, but this program justified it with the argument that new weapons needed to be studied in order to develop adequate defenses.

And the "War on Terror" raises other concerns, according to Cole.

After the 2001 anthrax attacks, funding for bioterrorism research spiked by $1.5 billion. Then in 2004, Congress approved another $5.6 billion bioterror research project. 

Another controversial experiment described in Cole's book involved a test at the Norfolk Naval Supply Center. The experimenters packed crates with fungal spores to see how they would affect the people unpacking those crates.

Cole's book notes that "portions of a report about an army test in 1951 involving Aspergillus fumigatus ... indicate that the army intentionally exposed a disproportionate number of black people to the organism." Most of the employees at the supply center were black.

One 1979 Washington Post news story discusses open air experiments in the Tampa Bay area involving the release of pertussis, or whooping cough, in 1955. State records show that whooping cough cases in Florida spiked from 339 (one death) in 1954 to 1,080 (12 deaths) in 1955, according to that story.

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