General Atomics has a new cockpit for their MQ-1 Predators and MQ-9 Reapers, two of the most common hunt-and-kill drones used by the USAF, capable of destroying basically any ground—and some air—targets. It looks like a dream gaming setup. Heck, it even includes a gamepad (check out that guy’s lap.)Read more.
Image: Screenshot/LiveLeakEarlier this afternoon, mere moments before this article was to be published, the following video from the Israeli Defense Forces vanished from the IDF’s YouTube account. As of this writing, only a copy of the original can be found on LiveLeak:You’re looking at a product of the IDF’s multimedia efforts to showcase the laborious process behind targeting terrorists in the Gaza strip. I was notified of its existence after the @IDFSpokesperson tweeted a link to the video this morning, selling it as a behind-the-scenes look at Israel’s bombing campaign currently raining down on the Gaza strip.In the deleted YouTube posting, which I still an unbroken link to, the video is titled, “Inside Look: How the IDF Fights Terror in Gaza.” The description separates IDF actions from Hamas, citing clear moral distinctions: “Unlike terrorist organizations who fire indiscriminately at innocent civilians, the IDF has a long procedure in order to choose targets in Gaza
The same math that researchers use to control swarms of drones can be used, in theory, to control you on social media.
Facebook isn’t the only organization conducting research into how attitudes are affected by social media. The Department of Defense has invested millions of dollars over the past few years investigating social media, social networks, and how information spreads across them. While Facebook and Cornell University researchers manipulated what individuals saw in their social media streams, military-funded research—including projects funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Social Media in Strategic Communications (SMISC) program—has looked primarily into how messages from influential members of social networks propagate.
One study, funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), has gone a step further
MIT’s new lighting drone sets the stage for an era of “computational aesthetics” in which a singular vision can come to life with very few human helpers.
A Portugal-based company which makes light reconnaissance drones that can be quickly assembled and launched by hand, says it hopes to double its market size in the coming years due to increased demand from military and civilian customers.