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  • Facebook And The Ethics Of User Manipulation [Updated]

    Facebook And The Ethics Of User Manipulation [Updated]

    [This post has been updated to include comments from Adam Kramer, the Facebook employee who coauthored the study, and new information from Cornell indicating that the study was funded internally. ] A recent study conscripted Facebook users as unwitting participants during a weeklong experiment in direct emotional manipulation. The study set out to discover if the emotional tone of a… Read More

  • Arrested protesters question use of video games as Army recruitment tool

    Arrested protesters question use of video games as Army recruitment tool

    That police arrested a bunch of protesters at an Army recruitment center doesn’t really concern us per se, but there’s one element of the story that may interest you. The protesters were there—“there” being the Army Experience Center at the Franklin Mills Mall in Philadelphia—to protest the Army’s use of video games to recruit soldiers. Which leads us… Read More

  • d3o Labs inks deal with British Ministry of Defense

    Motorcycle and ski enthusiasts, among others, have known about d3o’s polymer compound for years and it actually saved my brother’s limbs from a nasty motorcycle accident last year. I first saw this material in the summer of 2007 at Spyder’s SIA booth. Well, the British Army has finally wised up and contracted d3o Labs to line their 20-year-old Mark 6A helmets with the… Read More

  • Army to utilize $50M, next-gen FPS training system; 24-hour LAN parties imminent

    Army to utilize $50M, next-gen FPS training system; 24-hour LAN parties imminent

    The Army has been using video games to train, and recruit, for years now but in true government fashion, the system is a tad outdated. The $50 million dollar upcoming shooter however, should feature all the goodies found in today’s latest games and more. The virtual worlds are going to be huge – like 100×100 kilometers – and will allow solders to drive vehicles, pilot… Read More

  • Army suit increases human strength by 20 times

    Army suit increases human strength by 20 times

    A U.S. Army contractor has developed an Iron Man-like suit that can amplify human strength by up to 20 times. (You’d almost be able to lift Biggs, then!) The suit, developed by Salt Late City-based robotics house Sarcos, is expected to go into trials next year. If all the bugs are worked out—the battery currently only lasts about 30 minutes per charge—the Army says it may one… Read More

  • Robotic exoskeleton from Raytheon looks like an Aliens Power Loader or Exo-Squad suit

    Robotic exoskeleton from Raytheon looks like an Aliens Power Loader or Exo-Squad suit

    This kind of exoskeleton has been around for a while in prototypes and blueprints; I remember seeing one in DARPA paperwork years ago, but I think that now they’re getting out of the prototyping stage. The article compares it to Iron Man because it’s timely but I think that’s quite a stretch; it’s much more like a power loader or a dude from Exo-Squad. It can lift… Read More

  • The US army's open source woes

    The US army's open source woes


    I don’t think anyone thought that converting an entire military-industrial complex to Linux would be easy. Well, now we know for sure it’s hard, and it seems that they forget to check whether their new free and open-source-based systems would play nice with their Windows-based legacy software. Apparently they chose Linux for their new multi-billion-dollar program because they… Read More

  • Xbox Skillz Good in Warzones

    Xbox Skillz Good in Warzones

    Johnny 5 isn’t autonomous yet, so he needs help navigating the battlefield. US troops in Iraq are trained to use SUGVs (Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles) to be their eyes, ears, and even triggerfingers in highly hostile situations. These robots are cheap enough to almost be considered disposable, and allow the ground troops to explore intense areas with little or no risk to life. The… Read More

  • The Hi-Tech Soldier: A Retrospective

    The Hi-Tech Soldier: A Retrospective

    Today is Memorial Day in the greatest country on Earth, the greatest country in history. CNET knows this and has a patriotic slide show featuring freedom-spreading technology the U.S. Army uses or plans to use on the battlefields of liberty. I like this picture here the best because it shows our boys, Over There, controlling a Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle with an Xbox 360 controller. Now… Read More

  • GPS Sniper Rifle Tracks Terrorists, Pizza Delivery Guy

    GPS Sniper Rifle Tracks Terrorists, Pizza Delivery Guy

    Though headshots and blowing the enemy’s leg off in battle are fun in video games, non-lethal weapons can prove extremely useful in real-life situations. Danish company Empire North is working on a GPS-based rifle called ID Sniper that’s designed to embed a tiny GPS chip in a target’s body from up to 1.1km away. But if you’re thinking that GPS chips are the only… Read More