MORE THAN A BICYCLE BRAKE ON A MISSILE: AI ETHICS IN DEFENSE

Proud to share this next milestone for RAIN+ Ethics: We got published on War on the Rocks. Many thanks to Ryan Evans, Aaron Stein, the editors and peer reviewers. "(...) as long as countries only focus on the need to compete militarily, #aiethics will remain, to paraphrase the late German sociologist Ulrich Beck, the bicycle brakes on...

RAIN SPOTLIGHT: INFLUENTIAL LEADERS IN VC + DEFENSE

Download Extract RAIN Spotlight: Influential Leaders in VC + Defense A RAIN+ Venture Capital in Defense Directory Extract The emerging role of venture capital in spurring defense innovation is driven by a number of key individuals working at VC firms. They have mixed backgrounds in business, technology and the defense and intelligence sectors....

Militarisation of the Stratosphere White Paper

This white paper provides a short history of the militarisation of the stratosphere and great power competition, tracking key developments from the 1990s until the present. It also analyses the military significance of the two main classes of high-altitude UAVs: High-Altitude Long-Endurance (HALE) and High-Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) platforms.

HOW TO BECOME A UNICORN IN DEFENSE

Unicorns are a rare species in the defense industry. Reaching that mythical $1 billion valuation is incredibly difficult in any industry, but the defense industry comes with its own unique challenges.

Startups Enter the Stratosphere as HAPS Market Grows

Following decades of research and development, High-Altitude Platform Systems, or HAPS, are emerging as viable solutions for connectivity and remote sensing. As HAPS technology matures, many promising startups are entering the market. RAIN's Nexus Data Lab calculates that the total number of HAPS projects in active development increased from 4...

Why is there so much debate about artificial intelligence and ethics?

There has always been debate about scientific and technological innovation. Today, as artificial intelligence looks set to change forever the ways humans and machines interact, increased autonomy is one of the biggest prizes of this revolution - most people can see how transformative self-driving cars could be for our big...

Can machines become a moral agent?

As AI systems become more and more autonomous, there is a recurrent ethical question about whether machines could become moral agents. This question is essentially about whether a machine could distinguish between right and wrong, and whether it could take calculated moral decisions based on this distinction. At RAIN ETHICS we...

Why is everybody so scared about killer robots?

When it comes to the discussions about the ethics of AI, killer robots are never far off. Many people seem to think that the biggest threat from AI is the arrival of swarms of slaughterbots, killer drones or Terminator-like killing machines. Part of this scare probably comes from popular culture....