How virtual reality is helping soldiers cope with war | London Evening Standard

Virtual reality is being used to prepare soldiers for warfare and help them recover from stress after they return home.Exhibits at a three-day Virtual Reality Show in Angel include an igloo-type marquee where British armed forces train on mock battlefields.

Watch DARPA’s plan to snatch drones out of the air – The Verge

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has long had a keen interest in drones. The military’s research wing has worked on and sketched out ideas that range from turning drones into wireless hotspots to making drones hunt like wolves. One problem that persists, though, is safely landing drones in remote areas.

Underwater Science Drones Can’t Help Sparking International Incidents | WIRED

THE REMOTE EXPANSE of the world’s oceans may seem like a tranquil space to conduct science. But sometimes, geopolitical tensions cross paths with scientific missions—and researchers get caught in the middle. On Thursday, Chinese sailors grabbed a submersible drone that was recording data for a US naval research ship operating in the volatile South China […]

US Army will have more combat robots than human soldiers by 2025

The US Army will have “more combat robots than it will have humans” by 2025, former UK intelligence officer John Bassett told officials at a counter-terrorism meeting in London.

Bassett, now a security consultant, with a 20-year career with GCHQ, spoke about US attempts to employ thousands of robots in a matter of years as it tries to stay ahead of the curve.

The queen and her drones | The Economist

ON January 23rd 2009, just three days after his inauguration, President Barack Obama authorised his first drone strikes. The targets were two houses in the Waziristan region of Pakistan, a semi-autonomous area covered by jagged mountains.

The first drone dropped a missile on top of one of the homes, searing a hole through the roof and killing five suspected al-Qaeda militants. The second hit the wrong target, killing at least five civilians.

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