A Soviet Film Predicted Our Robot Apocalypse—In 1977
Forty years ago, Soviet Union produced a breakthrough short animation film that anticipated many of the most heated debates our military, policy and scientific establishments are having today. Polygon begins on a remote ocean island, where a military crew is finishing preparations for what looks like a firing range — cutting... Read more
Women Marines Are Marines, Too — Same as Men
In early March 2017, news broke that a 30,000-member Facebook group called “Marines United” trafficked in nude photos of female Marines and wives. Facebook took action and Marines United removed the offending material. But users simply downloaded the photos and shared them on other online platforms. At an anonymous,... Read more
An American Legend Becomes an Anti-Gun Fable in ‘House of Penance’
The woman hunches in the dark, pulling the bullets apart. “Brass and powder,” she says. “Powder and brass.” She pulls the brass from its casing, pours the powder into a bucket and the places the brass in a separate bucket. The house creaks and red tendrils of living blood... Read more
Terry Benedict Kept ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Honest
Hacksaw Ridge blasted into theaters and took audiences by surprise. The story of World War II Army medic Desmond Doss saving the lives of 75 men achieved something rare. It’s a hyper violent, heavily religious story that uses the gory effects of an exploitation film and the straight-forward lessons... Read more
Iran’s F-14 Tomcats ready to fight. kosar3d capture Fancy drones and ballistic missiles decimate U.S. forces by MATTHEW GAULT American troops descend from a helicopter onto a green field peppered by palm-like tees. A fog hangs over the area and all the soldiers are faceless. Masks, mirrored goggles and technological doodads cover... Read more
Captura de pantalla del videojuego ‘Fallout 3’ Un catedrático aseguró que los videojuegos convertían a las personas en mejores tiradores-Posteriormente se desmintió su estudio Brad Bushman tiene que dar algunas explicaciones por LEIF JOHNSON En 2012 un estudio académico publicado en la revista Communication Research concedió cierta credibilidad... Read more
MIT photo Battlecode is a trial-by-fire for software nerds by DYLLAN FURNESS The final tournament was an hour away and defeat seemed imminent for Cory Li. His team’s AI was one of the best in the 2012 Battlecode competition but it was too often outplayed by an algorithm created by an... Read more
Shore patrol is a shitty detail by MATTHEW GAULT Military justice can often seem odd and harsh to civilian eyes. The U.S. Air Force and Army rely largely on dedicated police forces within their branches to maintain order and enforce the laws. The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are a bit more... Read more
‘Fallout 3' capture Brad Bushman has some explaining to do by LEIF JOHNSON In 2012, an academic study in the journal Communications Research lent some credibility to the idea that playing a lot of first-person shooters effectively trains you to use firearms … in real life. Now, that study’s been retracted due to “irregularities”... Read more
Run. Run far away. IFC Films capture This bizarre political fable turns the 20th century ultra-nationalist movement into a horror movie by MATTHEW GAULT Fascism, as an idea, had been kicking around Europe since the end of the 19th century. But World War I gave it the push it needed to become... Read more
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