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Flying robots are now able to do many tasks which formerly required assistance from a human pilot. They can land, take off, copy aerobatic manoeuvres and dock a manned jet to another one for air-to-air refuelling - hands off. Now there are plans to take the latter capability to the next level. Unlike previous pilotware refueling …

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2nd annual T.L.A.R.D. - 10/10/08 - 10:10:10am - 10:10:10pm

Enjoy (T)alk (L)ike (A) (R)obot (D)ay = T.L.A.R.D.

2nd annual T.L.A.R.D. - 10/10/08 - 10:10:10am - 10:10:10pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa7mDkmWvyw

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Oh yeah...

"...two uninhabited aircraft will now mate with one another in flight."

Surely that's "uninhibited", yes?

I, for one, welcome our new flying sex-droid overlords.

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I for one...

I for one welcome our autonomous flying probulating overlords.

Paris, because I bet she'd like an automated probe.

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Hum

>They will steer themselves in on final approach by tracking a glowing infrared ring on the offered receptacle

And so will the missile with the IR tracking head?

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ROTM??

Surely giving machines--with the capability of killing people--the ability to procreate is yet another step closer to Armageddon...

Paris because...well...you know...

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Another coupling solution

Velcro-tipped condoms for coupling a drunk with a fat bird.

We've all done it.

Right, where's me pint...

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One step closer ...

... to completely automating most "dumb operator" actions in the military, even the ones that require "skill". Computers and robots can do it faster and better - as long as all necessary sensor data can be quickly captured, decisions can be coded in a lookup table or desribed by an algorithm, and there is a basic stimulus-response relationship.

Hmmm. So, I wonder how long it will be before Navy Warfare Officers are relaced by computers, then ....

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Dietary change.

Hmm, if there are six-foot robots flying around programmed to shove probes into hot rings, I think I'll lay off the curry for a while.

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What? No foreplay?

Pretty humdrum, if you ask me. Just pop it in, pump quickly, disengage, and fly off. What is the world coming to?

Paris because, well, you can probably guess...

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VIdeo.

Watch that one folks, it's truly superb.

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The concept video

Did anyone else notice that the "tanker" in the concept video looked identical to the docking vehicle apart from the fact it had no obvious means of propulsion. Possibly because that craft has a rear prop, and they didn't want to draw attention to the fact that they were planning on trying to stick a fuel nozzle into a basket mere inches from a whirling prop.

Sounds like fun :)

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Kiddie Porn?

Robots coupling in mid-air? Is this the new Transformers film? Will there be a Playmobile diorama of them shagging over a New York skyline while Maximus Prime rages and destroys all before him 'cos some one has nicked his bird?

Waiting for a suitable Twat-O-Tron '"I'm burning all my son's Transformer toys to stop him re-enacting the scene." comment. (yeah, but at least it's not this cross-species sex like in Barbarella)

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One last step...

Now all we need them to do is teach them to extract and refine the oil without our help and they won't need us any more! (well, until they break down)

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Endurance will be limited only by maintenance requirements...

...until they install the R2 unit.

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Automation- aint it grand

So they've automated willy-waving then?

Paris, automatically.

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What if they fit this to other planes?

If you're looking for an analogy, it'll be the aerial equivalent of a St Bernard (the tanker) trying to be shagged by a particularly vicious terrier (the fighter/weapon), in a bob-sleigh.

Isn't true (robotic) love great?

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if they didn't use IR

Maybe they could call it Radar Love?

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