Space war: While China unveils chilling AI satellite swarms that hunt down and destroy enemy targets, Russia is building new laser weapons to disable foreign satellites – What about the US? Europe?

Chinese scientists said they could now launch hundreds of mini satellites – dubbed ‘cubesats’ – from a large motherboard in space with deadly precision and speed. Weighing in at 2.2lbs, these tiny satellites are so complex they can only be controlled by Artificial Intelligence (AI). According to researchers, the complexity of a large scale space battle would be so immense that it’s beyond the human brain and even beyond some powerful algorithms. The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Chinese Space Science and Technology, said unlocking the right AI to control the motherboard and cubesats would have ‘strong economic and military value’”.

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Mark Skidmore is Professor of Economics at Michigan State University where he holds the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy. His research focuses on topics in public finance, regional economics, and the economics of natural disasters. Mark created the Lighthouse Economics website and blog to share economic research and information relevant for navigating tumultuous times.

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