Military Models Drone Controllers On Playstation

Venezuela Video GamesNew York Review of Books on how the Pentagon is drawing inspiration for warfare from video games (which have historically drawn inspiration from warfare):

And yet the US military does little to discourage the notion that this peculiar brand of long-distance warfare has a great deal in common with the video-gaming culture in which many young UAV operators have grown up. As one military robotics researcher tells Peter Singer, the author of Wired for War: “We modeled the controller after the PlayStation because that’s what these eighteen-, nineteen-year-old Marines have been playing with pretty much all of their lives.” And by now, of course, we also have video games that incorporate drones: technology imitating life that imitates technology.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    This does raise the question:

    “What will happen when some smartass kid (inevitably) hacks into “The Company”s drone control frequency and uses the thing to transmit aerial photos of the nekkid orgies at Bohemian Grove?”

    Just a thought.

    • NotTrollin

       He’ll be tried for treason after a lengthy lockup, and the photos will be buried in most major newspapers. Talking heads with question the veracity of the images while the government uses the event as a pretext for tighter controls. In a short time, people will forget about the whole story, and the orgies will go on as sticky as ever.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        Blimey, but you’ve got a rosey view of the world, don’t you?

        Didn’t they just grease an American citizen named Awlaki without trial for calling Lady Liberty a slag?

  • Eric_D_Read

    Goes to show how out of touch military weapons designers really are…XBox controllers are far superior to the Playstation design

  • arfer

    I do believe this was prophesied by LL Cool J.