Video games finally pay off: Air Force needs more virtual flyers than real pilots

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There was once a great Far Side cartoon that had ‘hopeful parents’ imagining a newspaper full of Help Wanted ads for skilled video game players. Well, it looks like Gary Larson might have been more prescient than he imagined. The US Air Force has just revealed that, this year, it will train more ‘pilots’ to remotely operate unmanned aircraft than pilots to fly fighters and bombers.

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Back when I was a kid I was sure that this day would come.  The robots are now just a couple steps away from taking over!  My only hope is that somewhere between the slave mines and the fight pits, we’ll be able to still drink our whiskey.

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