The technology is not there yet, but better UAV’s (that automate more of the routine tasks for flying that pilots do almost without thinking) and code from gaming software make this a possibility. Think of it not as independent flying robots but a new kind of forward air control (and the military implications of game technology deserve its own entry).
The other question is whether UCAV programs can recover from the summer movie “Stealth,” which has gotten a number of terrible reviews.
Cummings has bad news: They’re being joined by a “fourth wingman.” This is a UCAV (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle) controlled by a computer. The pilots are unhappy, but not so unhappy that Gannon and Wade do not feel a powerful sexual attraction, although pilots are not supposed to fraternize. At one point Gannon visits Wade’s cabin, where she has laundry hanging on the line, and is nearly struck by a wet brassiere. “Pardon my C-cup,” she says, a line I doubt any human female would use in such a situation.
No doubt a lot of critics are going to tee off on this crapola.
I’m hardly surprised, though. When I saw the trainer for this I literally laughed out loud it was so ridiculous and so bad. The absurd premise is one thing, but even the trailer was so chock full of cliches and bad lines that it was hilarious.
Except Macross Plus actually has a great story. Stealth seems to be Macross Plus’ plot with all the interesting parts removed.[/quote]
Exactly. I’ve been heckling the Stealth trailer every time I see a movie for like 6 months now. I’m half tempted to sneak into a showing of the movie so I can heckle the whole thing. I just have to find a theater I won’t mind being banned for life from…