Friday, December 02, 2011

"All stealth bombers are upgraded with Cyberdyne computers, becoming fully unmanned."

"Afterwards, they fly with a perfect operational record. The Skynet Funding Bill is passed. The system goes online on August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware 2:14 AM, Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug."

It's not just the ex-Governator who's saying it anymore. Meet the X-47B.

Side view of the X-47B robot aircraft(embiggen)

"Return to base," every time we click the clicky, hmmm? Oh, I'm sure they will. I'm not worried at all. And here is a leading member of the Military-Industrial Complex to further set your mind at ease.

The X-47B ... will be used to demonstrate the first carrier-based launches and recoveries by an autonomous, low-observable-relevant unmanned aircraft. The UCAS-D program will also mature relevant carrier landing and integration technologies, and demonstrate, in 2014, autonomous aerial refueling by the X-47B aircraft.

As I have emphasized, when they're able to feed themselves, it will only mean more leisure time for us. Win win!

Of course, this is the view you should probably get used to:

View from beneath of the X-47B robot aircraft(embiggen)

Nothing but blue skies, from now on.

NB: Not to be confused with the X-37 or the X-37B.


Jack said...

Hats off to Miles Dyson!

J. A. Baker said...

Shouldn't that be XB-37, if we're going by the Tri-Service system that was adopted in 1962?

wv = "clinalis" (two too many letters for a certain erectile dysfunction drug)

Brendan said...

@JAB: Too bad it wasn't just one extra letter, the lowercase L. Then it'd really look like subliminal advertising.

Don't know about the naming conventions for experimental aircraft, though it does seem to me that they're usually "X-[something]," and the B is like the second version of the prototype. (Yes, I COULD look this up, being here at a computer and all, but why not just speculate wildly and uninformedly? Works for wingnuts!)