Thursday, May 05, 2011
SKYNET MOVES CLOSER
As we wait for the Terminators of the Singularity and the HAL 9000 decision that humanity is redundant and should erased, I have to challenge a remark in the story below. “If they are shot down, no lives are at risk.” I would say that the lives of the poor bastards the Phantom is shooting at would be very much at risk. And war becomes a trillion dollar video game.
"The US military is making ever more use of unmanned fighters and intelligence gathering aircraft. The great thing about this type of aircraft is that they can loiter over some far away battlefield for a long time, and if they are shot down, no lives are at risk. The Boeing Phantom Ray Stealth UAV made its first flight this week and is on its way to becoming the first stealth UAV in the arsenal. The Phantom Ray is the size of a fighter aircraft, and its maiden voyage took it to 7,500 feet and a speed of 178 knots. “The first flight moves us farther into the next phase of unmanned aircraft,” said Craig Brown, Phantom Ray program manager for Boeing. “Autonomous, fighter-sized unmanned aircraft are real, and the UAS bar has been raised. Now I’m eager to see how high that bar will go.” (Click here for more)
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The secret word is Accountable
Posted by Mick at 5/05/2011 08:15:00 AM