Remember when Firefox, rather than being a program that constantly crashes every time you want to watch Flash animation, was actually the name of a fictional roboplane that constantly crushed Clint Eastwood’s enemies every time he was able to “think in Russian”?
Could be before your time. But the point is that mind-controlled aircraft are becoming a reality. They’re a bit late for the Cold War, but maybe by the time North Korea has a massive arsenal we’ll be ready. Or on the losing side, since it’s China that’s developing this.
Kinks have to be worked out – the device still can’t interpret directional thoughts correctly. No word as to whether you have to think in Mandarin – that was a great gimmick in the movie, but strikes me as a misread of how pilots actually think (not so much in words).
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist