Many months ago, in one of her quarterly wrap up interviews with me, Catherine Austin Fitts proposed and outlined the idea that behind the move to recognize "transgenderism" was a move to be able to recognize robots as legal persons for tax purposes, i.e., that any work done by robots for a corporation (or private individual), was taxable income on a per-robot basis. To put it country simple, expect "joint filing with robot but not spouse" or "filing individually but spouse filing jointly with family robot" boxes on your future tax forms. I received a lot of email on that one!  More recently, we've seen some in politics calling for the defunding of local police departments, and I strongly suspect one reason is that is becomes a way for hard-pressed cities to save money by "hiring" robots. Why hire a human when a robot is cheaper and wouldn't need health insurance nor join unions? All it would need would be a mechanic and a robot "garage."

Of course, that is a nightmare scenario, as a robot isn't human and doesn't possess human subtlety. That speeding ticket the officer let you skate on because you were five miles over the speed limit coasting down a hill while you were trying to calm the kids in the back seat will be a thing of the past. One percentage of a mile over the speed limit, and Robocob tickets you. And if you think that would be an inhuman - or rather, anti-human - world, just imagine a Ms. Robo-Judge in the divorce court.  But of all human activities that should scare the pants off of us for AI to become involved in, it's war. We've all heard the horror stories of children getting gunned down by trigger happy people for playing with toy guns, and I have to wonder if the ban-the-toy-gun hysteria is due to some other cause, like rolling out Mr. Robocop which would shoot anything wielding what looked like a gun in its pattern recognition software.

But war?

I raise the question because that prospect may be much closer than one might imagine, according to this short story in Sputnik shared by A.C.M.:

US Air Force's Top F-16 Pilot Bested by Artificial Intelligence in Dogfight Simulation

Note what was accomplished here:

An artificial intelligence “pilot” just swept the floor with its human adversary in a set of simulated dogfights hosted by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

The Thursday showdown between man and machine didn’t bode well for the future of flesh-and-blood aircraft pilots, as one of the US Air Force’s top F-16 fighter pilots failed to shoot down an AI-controlled adversary in even one of the five matches.

Now, automatic pilot systems - artificial intelligence of a sort - have been around for a while, and some of them are reportedly capable of landing an aircraft if the flight crew is disabled. Already, not far from where I live, there are freight trains running short distance hops between the main yard and small towns are run entirely by AI; there is no engineer in the cab of the locomotive, and indeed, on the entire train there is no human presence. The transition has been happening before our eyes. I'm old enough to remember getting into elevators that were literally run by a human, sitting on a chair, manipulating analog controls. A few years later, they were gone. Many radio stations are almost completely automated.

But dogfights are a considerably more complex operation, involving choice of maneuver, weapons packages, and - for the human - how many G forces one can comfortably endure, which a robot or AI has no difficulty performing. It will not be long until human pilots are a thing of the past. And what applies to air forces in some immediate  future, will be extended to navies and armies. Already Russia's newest main battle tank, the Armata, has an almost entirely automated turret and targeting system, reducing the crew of the vehicle to three, down from the typical five man crew with two in the turret. The US Air Force and many other militaries increasingly rely on drones for interdiction purposes, which are remote controlled. With AI, those "guys in the remote control bunker" could be eliminated as well, or at least significantly reduced in number, as AI can perform typical military operational functions more efficiently, faster, and not subject to the frailties of human nature.

I mention all of this because this "dogfight simulation" is a portent of what happens when significant portions of warfare become more and more automated. I'm not suggesting that the human element of warfare will be eliminated. Far from it.

I'm suggesting something far more horrific, that as the human component in the actual conduct of war increasingly diminishes, non-human military targets will increasingly diminish, as human targets correspondingly increase as a measure of will to continue a resistance in a war. It's the firebombing of Dresden or Tokyo, without human pilots in the bombers, but with definite human targets.

And of course, this also means that the weapon of the future, is the expert hacker, which might also be an AI...

See you on the flip side...


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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. alisonbell on August 29, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    I think it was an early Star Trek episode where the wars on a planet were fought on computers and the people just reported to disintegration units. After bending the prime directive a bit, the captain helped them to remember the horrors of real war and they made peace…
    So nice if it was just that simple.

  2. W Smith on August 27, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Star Trek TOS (The Original Series) has already dedicated an episode of what is to come:
    In the episode, the crew of the Enterprise visits a planet engaged in a completely computer-simulated war with a neighboring planet but the casualties are supposed to be real. People are rounded up voluntarily and put into “disintegration chambers.”

  3. Randy on August 27, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Winston S. Churchill
    “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed;
    if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may
    come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves. …. Hardest lesson in THIS LIFE ? Good verus’s Evil it ALWAYS comes down to ….fight always folks ,always

  4. Miguel Oniga on August 27, 2020 at 9:00 am

    ‘To kill without being killed is an illusion.’ (John LeCarré)

  5. BlueWren on August 27, 2020 at 12:17 am

    If an AI society becomes that powerful, it might consider our Sun its ultimate enemy.

  6. Richard on August 26, 2020 at 11:32 pm

    A simulator has limits for what it can provide the biologic pilot and that artificial intelligence (artificially intelligent) (AI) pilot. Pulling “G’s” is a real tasking for the biologic, not so much for the AI. No mystery there but then the AI is in a contraption that was most likely built by the cousins of that biologic pilot. Some robotics (cousins of AI) were probably involved.

    Whether beat by an AI pilot in a simulator or one playing “GO” against a master player is not what it seems as humiliating as that loss might seem. If it were not for the biologics’ responsible for AI’s construction, there wouldn’t be any awe-inspiring gizmo gadget besting a pilot or grand master player. What’s seems to be feared most are those of the biologics’ who might be on the receiving end of yet other biologics’ deploying those enhanced gizmos to void and nullify Isaac Asimov’s “Three Laws of Robotics:”

    1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

    2) A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

    3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

    The rest seem as distractions to undermine awareness of yet another nefarious plot to overthrow through chaos and mayhem. Sort of like what is playing out politically on multiple continents. At present, it is predominately cyber warfare, psychological, economical, and media warfare with all the trappings modernity has to offer the cleverest of them all.

  7. NYMZA Flugzeug on August 26, 2020 at 5:10 pm

    I watched The Terminator the other night, and it occurred to me that a “rogue AI” has been made into a perfectly believable patsy for genocidal warmongers.

    “The AI went rogue and killed off all the useless eaters. Only we, the technological elites, survived in our bomb shelters and orbital platforms.” Convenient…

  8. Douglas Smith on August 26, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Saw this today. The British Government is thinking about mothballing 227 Challenger 2 tanks as they are obsolete, and would cost too much to update. The money would be better spent on cyber-warfare.

    • goshawks on August 26, 2020 at 10:21 pm

      Instead, keep them as an ‘analog’ response to future AI-controlled weapons. Remember what happened to the fancy new Colonial fighters when the Cylons slipped-in a virus?

      (On the mundane side, storing your tanks in a nice, secure central facility invites a Pearl Harbor moment…)

    • Jen on August 27, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      I had the impression that current tanks and heavy armour vehicles were vulnerable to depleted uranium tipped missiles which are readily available to anyone (!). Therefore they are already obsolete. It does seem that modern armies have reached the end of the line as far as ‘conventional’ war is concerned.
      In the ‘Gray State’ anything is possible as we are seeing from the uncoventional weather warfare going on.
      Plus, when the Nation State is now being denigrated why do these standing armies still need all this hardware?

  9. NYMZA Flugzeug on August 26, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    Talk about a killer corollary…

  10. Robert Barricklow on August 26, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    I ordered. “Spirit Of the Bayonet(Okami Forward Trilogy)” Paperback, Jan 12, 2020 by Ted Russ.
    It deals w/the Robot/AI/Cyborg vs human soldier themes. It’s already being compared to “think Isaac Asimov’s Foundation saga” – BlueInk Review.

    [Written by a West Pointer whose been battle tested in the crucible of war]

    Liked his first novel/this is his second.

  11. Maatkare3114 on August 26, 2020 at 1:14 pm

  12. Robert Barricklow on August 26, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    The military “kill chain” did a study, years ago, to find it’s weakest link in that sacred chain: Human.
    About the same time, a magazine did a spread about the robots coming to take your job. A number of artist renditions pictured the new world order: a robot dressed in a fine suit putting dollars in a homeless human’s tin cup; a number of robots on lunch hour getting juiced up w/an electric cord on a high-rise, while one lone human ate a sandwich; and many more. The Now World Order[pick your metaphor] has been laying the infrastructure for a robotic society; including the language that supports it. All too soon, the robot’s tax form will have dependents: humans. Cheaper than robots, and expendable useless eaters. The owners will have robotic slave masters. Those owners will have to have robots as enforcers; as the human factor will not be taking this “NWO” lying down. What humans the covid1984 vaccine did not take out[literally, or by chronic diseases] will be fighting the human elites and their robotic armies. The algorithmically laced internet will sever human connections like the covid1984 magic virus.

    • Robert Barricklow on August 26, 2020 at 12:12 pm

      Wait till what humans are left, drive into an algorithmic speed trap of robotic police. The self driving car is now your responsibility[“Terms of Agreements” in molecular print]. Try and tell that to the robotic judge. Of course, you could always take the case all the way up to The Supreme Court of Nuts and Volts.

    • Robert Barricklow on August 26, 2020 at 12:16 pm

      Let’s face it. This is another set-up; just like the covid1984. An obvious small business killer; an obvious inhuman policy of medical nonsense. No problem? Yes. When you have a leadership that is, for all practical purpose, damn robotic in its policies of late.

    • Robert Barricklow on August 26, 2020 at 12:18 pm

      Bottom line?

      … but is it really?
      Who is controlling who …
      in the long game … ?

    • Robert Barricklow on August 26, 2020 at 3:54 pm

      Those, by the numbers, covid1984 nose cops[“Excuse me sir! You need not just to cover your mouth. You need it to cover you nose! For your protection, of course.”].
      RoboCops are also coming for those unaccountable, too many to count, covid1984 nose jobs. Of course!
      Such a pity. So important a job; I’m not quite sure an inhuman can do it.

  13. Jen on August 26, 2020 at 11:03 am

    The military top brass during WW2 were shocked to discover that their largely conscripted armies were reluctant to shoot the enemy and often if firing at all aimed to miss.
    So, after the war more effort was made to psychologically ‘dehumanise’ the soldier. Such a mindset has this as the logical outcome.
    AI doesn’t have a Soul though. Whoever provided THAT bit of software surely did so for a reason. And what will we do with it now?

  14. WalkingDead on August 26, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Let us not forget Musk’s Neural Link. It will not end with just the hardware. Cyborgs will roam the battlefield of the future, also. AI enhanced personnel with “upgrades” linked to a 5G system with instant updates on situational awareness.
    Any systems utilizing Intel’s management engine are already compromised through the Talpiot program. Security is a myth. It may take a decade or more to eliminate that threat; yet you hear very little about it anymore.
    Roger is correct, the geeks pushing this, like the geneticists,driven by the technocratic elite, are salivating over the possibilities. It is anyone’s guess what may be in development in compartmentalized black programs the world over.

  15. Roger on August 26, 2020 at 9:01 am

    They better figure out how to protect them from EMP’s because there will be a race to perfect such devices. Several EMP’s and your AI army is done for.

    • ragiza on August 26, 2020 at 11:38 am

      That’s a good point. AI robotics will amplify human dysfunction when (not if) there are power outages or an EMP.

    • Robert Barricklow on August 26, 2020 at 8:56 pm

      Several novels I’ve read recently use analogue warfare techniques to infiltrate and beat down their digital opponents; EMP being a primary weapon of choice in those scenarios.

  16. anakephalaiosis on August 26, 2020 at 5:59 am


    Pope Nero-Caligula is bathtub general,
    and his Jesuit tentacles octal,
    are operandi modus
    in octopus,
    controlling divide imperial.

  17. goshawks on August 26, 2020 at 5:34 am

    The reason humans are playing with fire is speed. To the military, “closing the loop” (spot, identify, engage, destroy) on an enemy before they do the same to you is the most important concept. Increasingly, this is leading to automation within the loop. In the end, this leads to humans being the limiting factor. So, the pressure to replace humans with AI becomes enormous.

    The solution: Lock the bright-ideas people in a room and make them read or watch all the “consequences” books and movies. Off the top of my head: Dune and its Butlerian Jihad, Battlestar Galactica, the Terminator series, WarGames, and the Galactic Center series of books. Keep them there until they truly look horrified…

    • goshawks on August 26, 2020 at 5:44 am

      Oh, and “I’m sorry, Dave; I’m afraid I can’t do that…” (HAL 9000)

      • Krista tiffy on August 26, 2020 at 10:49 am

        What about Agent Smith and his summoning of Mr.Anderson……

    • Roger on August 26, 2020 at 9:05 am

      I’ve met some of these geeks. They won’t be horrified, they’ll get excited by the prospects and power to do such.

      • NYMZA Flugzeug on August 26, 2020 at 5:29 pm

        Exactly. All the things we scream about are just reciting the highlights from the AI weapons division’s sales power point.

        I wonder how long the naive blustering will suffice to keep the inner terror at bay, because honestly…who here is going to fight a terminator? Or condemn themselves to a short life with no money or medical treatment in protest? Methinks the answer be zero.

    • zendogbreath on August 26, 2020 at 9:50 pm

      G, The few I know have read and watched all those repeatedly. It’s what they based their decisions on. And one friend at an acronym that will not be named has that quote from Hal9000 as his ringtone. His bosses love it (most of the time).

      • Roger on August 27, 2020 at 12:33 pm

        Not the ones excited about all things military, especially exotic new weapons research and winning at what ever the cost. There are brilliant psychopaths involved in this field as well as every other field of potential power gained from that fields miss use. Bio-weapons to enslave humanity. AI chips to control humanity, but of course they will have the master chip implant that controls AI and thus the masses using AI. It’s boots on the ground police threat and military personel that has become obsolete. In the future it will be do whatever I say or you won’t be given this years vaccine against this years new designer disease release. Or do what I say or I will have AI turn off your crypto access until you learn your lesson. But three strikes and AI will fry your brain with said chip.

        • Roger on August 27, 2020 at 12:43 pm

          And in the far future, or maybe not so far. They will just reprogram your identity, memories, and feelings at will through AI and their master chip interface. An ugly oligarch want’s to hook up with you he will just command AI to program you to become irresistably attracted to him. If he is into bad things he will just command AI to reprogram your memories of the experience. If your self identity becomes rebellious they will just reprogram you with a completely new one like in Total Recall.

          • Roger on August 27, 2020 at 12:50 pm

            So this may be how Elon Musk hooked up with such a hot chick, lol. And has those dialated pupils that seem to be focused on much more than what is physically around him. Maybe finally reverse engineered those chips found in biological machine hybrid greys!

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