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Will Robots Take Over Top Gun?
Aviators are jockeying against one another for seats in cockpits, but the generation of naval pilots… may be grounded by new competition: robots. The Navy is aggressively researching the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for jobs now performed by people.
(Read more at popmech)

Will Robots Take Over Top Gun?

Aviators are jockeying against one another for seats in cockpits, but the generation of naval pilots… may be grounded by new competition: robots. The Navy is aggressively researching the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for jobs now performed by people.

(Read more at popmech)

Joysticks transform US warfare in Afghanistan
"In battle they take out Taliban fighters with joystick-controlled weapons, while back at base American soldiers hook up their Xboxes and kill their way through video games.
In Afghanistan, on and off-duty activities have become strikingly similar for US troops, as 21-year-old Specialist Tyler Sandusky can attest.
"It does feel like a game when you’re driving along."
Perched atop the vehicle is a .50 calibre machine gun with a firing range of more than 6.7 kilometres (four miles), which Sandusky operates through his screen and a joystick trigger to the right of his seat.
"You see a red mist and then you know they’re down," he said."

(Read more at spacedaily.com - Photo via af.mil)

Joysticks transform US warfare in Afghanistan

"In battle they take out Taliban fighters with joystick-controlled weapons, while back at base American soldiers hook up their Xboxes and kill their way through video games.

In Afghanistan, on and off-duty activities have become strikingly similar for US troops, as 21-year-old Specialist Tyler Sandusky can attest.

"It does feel like a game when you’re driving along."

Perched atop the vehicle is a .50 calibre machine gun with a firing range of more than 6.7 kilometres (four miles), which Sandusky operates through his screen and a joystick trigger to the right of his seat.

"You see a red mist and then you know they’re down," he said."

(Read more at spacedaily.com - Photo via af.mil)

May 4
I, for one, welcome our robotic naval aviator overlords…
Summary of “a day in the life” of the Navy’s future unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAS-N) shows how the unpiloted drone will spotted, taxied, launched, flown, and recovered in complete harmony alongside its fellow meatbag-inhabited strike and support aircraft.
(Read more at Flight Global)

I, for one, welcome our robotic naval aviator overlords…

Summary of “a day in the life” of the Navy’s future unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAS-N) shows how the unpiloted drone will spotted, taxied, launched, flown, and recovered in complete harmony alongside its fellow meatbag-inhabited strike and support aircraft.

(Read more at Flight Global)

Oct 6

On display at a 10 September open house of the new Maryland Robotics Center was a brain wave control technology developed by a contractor and former student, Paul Samuel, president of Daedalus Flight Systems.
Using a headset controller made popular last year in Mindflex’s mind control game, Samuel showed how a quadrotor helicopter could be controlled in altitude and direction simply by either concentrating intensely or relaxing the mind in a sleep-like state.

- FlightGlobal Online story about a prototype mind-controlled UAV system at the University of Maryland.

Oct 6

Rather than allowing a white-scarfed elite group of pilots to fight the idea of operating UAS from multibillion-dollar aircraft carriers and other ships, Navy officials are now meeting the substantial challenge head-on. Mid-decade, many Navy officials were not keen on what was then called the Joint Unmanned Combat Air System, which was to be a shared Navy/Air Force project to develop a stealthy ISR and strike system. Though the Air Force had previously pursued the capability aggressively with Boeing, the service suddenly abandoned it in 2006, leaving the Navy to carry on alone… The primary task of the UCAS demonstrator effort is to prove the ability of the tailless aircraft to function in tightly controlled airspace around a ship and land, take off from and operate on carrier decks.

- US Navy Envisions Many Unmanned Platforms, Aviation Week online.

Jul 8

So for some people, the ability to download a video clip of combat is turning war into a form of entertainment. The folks deployed in the field have a name for it. They call it “war porn” or “predator porn.” I received a typical example with a title line that says, “Watch this”… In this case, the “watch this” was of a predator drone strike. A Hellfire missile drops, goes in, and hits the target, followed by an explosion and bodies tossed into the air. It was set to music, the pop song “I Just Want to Fly” by the band Sugar Ray.

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P.W. Singer, on the ethical implications of military robotics.

Read more at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership.

…as one Pentagon analyst put it, “The optics of this [weapon system] look really freaky in battle. It makes us look like the evil empire from ‘Star Wars’ and the other side look like the Rebel Alliance.”

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PW Singer, on the ethics of military robots.

Read more at the Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership.