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Rise Of Skynet? AI Takes Control Of A Chinese Satellite For 24 Hours

According to Chinese state media, the South China Morning Post (SCMP), Chinese researchers have announced that they have allowed artificial intelligence (AI) to gain control of a satellite in near-Earth orbit. This was done to test how an AI would behave while operating an object in space. According to the accounts of the “landmark experiment,” a ground-based AI controlled the tiny Earth observation satellite Qimingxing 1 for 24 hours, without any interference from humans.

According to the SCMP, the experiment’s results have been published in the Geomatics and Information Science journal of Wuhan University.

Allegedly, the AI selected a few locations on Earth and instructed the Qimingxing 1 to take a closer look.

No information was provided about why the technology may have chosen these places. One of the areas reportedly targeted was Patna, an old city in northeastern India near the Ganges River and home to the Bihar Regiment, a branch of the Indian Army that, in 2020, engaged the military of China in a terrible conflict in the Galwan Valley along the disputed border.

The AI also prioritized Osaka, one of the busiest ports in Japan that occasionally accommodates US Navy ships operating in the Pacific.

Before now, most satellites required specific directives or tasks to operate. Unexpected occurrences, like a war or an earthquake, may trigger an assignment, or a satellite may be scheduled to undertake ongoing observations of certain targets.

The team claims that while artificial intelligence technology is increasingly being used in space missions, such as for image recognition, mapping out flight paths, and collision avoidance, it has not been given control of a satellite, resulting in a waste of time and resources.

SCMP states that China has more than 260 remote-sensing satellites in orbit, but they frequently operate “idly” in space, gathering low-value, time-sensitive data without any particular objective. The satellites have a short lifespan and are expensive. According to the researchers, it is crucial to make the most of their usefulness with new orbital applications.

The team proposed that if it discovered anomalous objects or activities, an AI-controlled satellite might warn certain users, such as the military, the national security administration, and other pertinent institutions.

However, for AI to be effective, it must have a thorough awareness of the globe; as a result, it must learn not just how to recognize man-made and natural objects, but also how to understand the intricate and constantly-changing connections between them and the many human communities.

“The AI’s decision-making process was extremely complex. The machine needs to consider many factors – such as real-time cloud conditions, camera angles, target value and the limits of a satellite’s mobility – when planning a day’s work,” explains the SCMP.

Starlink Satellite Broadband is Now Officially Registered in Pakistan

Elon Musk’s famous satellite internet service has reportedly registered to operate and provide internet services in Pakistan. This is a huge development for Pakistan’s IT and Telecommunication sector, especially since freelancers can get high-speed connectivity and efficiency in their work.

The Director of Global Licensing and Market Activation at Space, Ryan Goodnight, called on the Federal Minister of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Syed Aminul Haq, to discuss the registration of Space’s Starlink in Pakistan.

Telecom operators in far-flung areas will now be able to access the internet through Starlink’s services, which could significantly reduce their operating costs. Even in remote areas, where inactive towers could be activated at a low cost, the Minister expressed optimism about Starlink’s services reducing telecom operators’ operating costs.

During his speech, Ryan Goodnight expressed his appreciation for the Minister’s full cooperation and the progress Pakistan has made in the field of IT and telecommunications. We have completed the basic steps, and now we are ready to move forward quickly,” Ryan said.

Starlink Back to Date

Starlink Internet Services Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd (Starlink) which is owned by Starlink Holdings
Netherlands BV, applied for an LDI license for Pakistan on 24th February 2022 along with 14 x LL licenses for all Telecom Regions of Pakistan on 29th April 2022.

Starlink Network Across The Country

North America is the first continent where Space Starlink was launched in August 2020, the United States being the first country to connect with the product.

Starlink is a satellite-based internet constellation that provides internet access to 57 countries around the world (at the time of publication). You can see more at Starlink’s official live map.

Starlink Announces New ‘Global’ Satellite Internet Package

SpaceX Starlink has just announced its new “global” satellite internet package, Starlink Roam, which is now available for $200 per month. 

Starlink, which is one of the world’s most famed satellite internet companies, has finally announced the release of its global internet package, which will allow its subscribers to use the Starlink internet from any and everywhere in the world.

This internet service promises to follow you across any continent and most countries, providing reliable internet connectivity even in locations where connectivity has been completely unavailable. With the Starlink Roam package, you can choose between a portable antenna for $599 or an in-motion antenna for $2,500. 

Moreover, the subscription is flexible, allowing you to pause and unpause the service whenever you want, while getting billed in one-month increments. While it is unclear whether the service will still be available in the countries where Starlink’s technically not allowed, it can be ordered in the countries on the Starlink availability map. 

The company is still waiting on regulatory approval from some countries, including India, Pakistan, and Cambodia. However, Elon Musk stated in an interview with the Financial Times that the Chinese government has “made clear its disapproval of his recent rollout of Starlink.” 

Starlink Roam promises high-speed, low-latency service with brief periods of poor connectivity or none at all, but the company claims that this will improve dramatically over time.