Wednesday, May 15, 2013

X-47B: New U.S. stealth drones launched from aircraft carrier by REMOTE CONTROL

The X-47B is the first drone designed to operate an aircraft carrier, allowing it to be used around the world without needing permission to take off from foreign airfields. Its test pilots, Dave Lorenz, centre, and Bruce McFadden, left, issue orders to the autonomous robot aircraft using forearm-mounted Control Display Units, but once in the air it is capable of using on-board computers to plot a course to its target. Critics have warned the introduction of such AI into military weapons systems is a step towards the development of autonomous 'killer robots'