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On February 27, a fascinating little aircraft lifted off the deck in Australia for its inaugural flight. Unlike most planes, this one had no human on board.
The test pilot in charge of the flight remained safely on the ground at a facility in South Australia called the RAAF Woomera Range Complex.
The 38-foot-long aircraft, called the Loyal Wingman, took off “under its own power before flying a pre-determined route at different speeds and altitudes to verify flight functionality” Boeing said in a statement earlier this week.
As its name suggests, the autonomous craft’s intended duty will make it a robotic ally in the sky for air forces. It could fly alongside a fighter jet or other aircraft that have actual humans on board, to protect them or amplify what they can do, or it could zoom ahead into riskier territory. Artificial intelligence will help it carry out those complex operations.
“The Loyal Wingman project is a pathfinder for the integration of autonomous systems and artificial intelligence to create smart human-machine teams,” Air Vice-Marshal Cath Roberts, of the Royal Australian Air Force, said in the statement.
We first got a look at the full-sized version of this drone in May of last year; one of its most compelling features is the 9-foot modular nose. With 52 cubic feet of space within it, the nose could carry various sensor packages for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions. A ground crew will be able to theoretically swap the nose out to rapidly change what equipment the little bird is carrying in between flights.
Boeing also said last week that they now have six of these craft contracted to be built in total.
The Chicago-based aerospace company isn’t the only group creating uncrewed companion aircraft like this. Last year, the Air Force announced that it was contracting with multiple companies to create aircraft that could work together with manned airplanes. Called Skyborg, the program aims to “to integrate autonomous attritable UAV technology with open missions systems to enable manned-unmanned teaming.” By “attritable,” the Air Force means that it’s an aircraft designed to be lost in battle if necessary, as opposed to an expensive fighter jet like an F-35 with a pilot on board.
Besides Boeing, the other two companies working on the Skyborg program are Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.
That’s not the only way that the Air Force has been experimenting with pairing people with more advanced tech: Artificial intelligence collaborated with a human aviator on board a U-2 spy plane flight in December.
And in the same general vein, DARPA has been pushing the envelope in this field by both exploring how algorithms can perform in a dogfight and also announcing a program designed to create drones that would drop out of another aircraft and then be capable of firing air-to-air missiles at an enemy.
Check out scenes from the Loyal Wingman’s first flight, below:
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Ever since Pokemon’s first games debuted on February 27, 1996, it has been one of the most popular franchises in not only gaming but in all of entertainment. So this year we are celebrating Pokemon’s 25th anniversary by asking you to decide which Pokemon is the very best.
Is Pikachu your favorite? How about Charizard or Blastoise? We’ve selected 200 of the most popular Pokemon to “Face-Off” against each other two at a time. Will you choose Greninja over Mewtwo? Or Mimikyu over Dragonite? The choice is yours… Click on the image below to get started!
What is a Face-Off?
Like the name suggests, a Face-Off pits two things against one another and you decide which one is the superior of the two. In this case, you are voting to determine who the very best Pokemon is. It’s possible to see certain Pokemon multiple times so you can keep voting for your favorites to ensure they get ranked higher than the rest. IGN’s resident team of Pokemaniacs pre-selected 200 amazing Pokemon for you to choose from based on fan favorites from every region and various online polls. These get randomly paired up and each time you pick a winner, it’s tracked.
How do you determine a winner?
When voting ends on March 14, we tally up the total number of “wins” and “losses” each Pokemon has, and create a ranked list based on your choices that will go live on March 15. The Pokemon that won the most matchups will be crowned the “winner,” and in the event of a tied number of “wins,” the Pokemon with the least “losses” will take the top spot. If you continue to keep voting for your favorite Pokemon, they’ll have a better chance of ranking high on the list. You can vote as many times as you want until the Face-Off closes.
How do I know when I’ve clicked through everything?
It’s difficult to know when you’ve seen every Pokemon included because they are matched randomly and there are so many possible match-ups. Playing until you vote for all your favorite Pokemon or ensuring that certain Pokemon don’t get in the winner’s circle are different options you can take with a Face-Off. By deciding the winner throughout all these matchups, you’re ensuring that your picks for the best Pokemon will have a fighting chance to reach the top of the list.
Which Pokemon have you included?
The list of Pokemon has been decided by IGN staff, with Pokemon from each region included. There are so many Pokemon these days (almost 900!) that we had to narrow down the list to ensure voters will see as many of their favorites as possible. We are passionate Pokemon fans ourselves and did our best to provide a wide variety of Pokemon from every generation, from Pokemon Red and Blue all the way to Pokemon Sword and Shield.
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While Dr. Seuss is being summarily canceled by the Joe Biden White House for allegedly having “racial undertones,” previous Democrats in the Oval Office adored and celebrated the popular children’s author, with Barack and Michelle Obama hosting reading events with kids dressing up as characters from the books.
The Biden administration recently stripped Dr. Seuss’ name from Read Across America Day, but back in 2015, then-President Obama told White House interns that “pretty much all the stuff you need to know is in Dr. Seuss.”
“It’s like the Star-Belly Sneetches, you know? We’re all the same, so why would we treat somebody differently just because they don’t have a star on their belly? If I think about responsibility, I think about Horton sitting on the egg up in the tree, while Lazy Mayzie’s flying off, doing whatever she wants. You know what I mean?” President Obama asked, alluding to Seuss classics “Horton Hears a Who!” And “The Sneetches.”
“All I’m saying is that as you get older, what you will find is that the homespun basic virtues that your mom, your dad, or folks you care about or admire, taught you – about hard work, being responsible, being kind, giving something back, being useful, working as a team … turns out that’s all true,” he continued.
During a previous Read Across America Day, former First Lady Michelle Obama also praised the author who died in 1991, as she read a “Oh, The Things You Can Do That Are Good for You,” an updated version of the children’s classic “Oh, The Things You Can Do,” as healthy-living tidbits were added.
“You know who saw this book this morning before he got on the helicopter? The president,” Michelle Obama said. “We love Dr. Seuss in this house.”
Even Kamala Harris, before she became Biden’s vice president this year, celebrated the author, tweeting in 2017: “Happy birthday, #DrSeuss! ‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.'”
Happy birthday, #DrSeuss! “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 2, 2017
The irony did not go unnoticed on social media.
“So Dr. Seuss is racist according to the old white president, but wasn’t according to the black president?” asked Kaitlin Bennett on Gab.
Others posted humorous memes, with one changing the title of “Horton Hears a Who!” to “Horton Hears a Microagression.”
On Wednesday, Universal Orlando yanked some Dr. Seuss books from its gift shops, announcing it was considering making changes to its theme park in central Florida.
“We’ve removed the books from our shelves as they have asked and we’ll be evaluating our in-park experience too,” a Universal spokesperson told Fox Business.
The company in charge of publishing of Dr. Seuss stories said this week it was dumping six of his books: “If I Ran the Zoo,” “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”
Last week, a public school district in Loudoun County, Virginia, addressed a rumor that it had banned books written by Dr. Seuss, whose real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel.
Dr. Seuss books have not been banned in Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS). LCPS believes this rumor started because March 2 is “Read Across America Day.” Schools in LCPS, and across the country, have historically connected Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss. Examples include anti-Japanese American political cartoons and cartoons depicting African Americans for sale captioned with offensive language. Given this research, and LCPS’ focus on equity and culturally responsive instruction, LCPS provided this guidance to schools during the past couple of years to not connect Read Across America Day exclusively with Dr. Seuss’ birthday. We continue to encourage our young readers to read all types of books that are inclusive, diverse and reflective of our student community, not simply celebrate Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss books have not been banned and are available to students in our libraries and classrooms, however, Dr. Seuss and his books are no longer the emphasis of Read Across America Day in Loudoun County Public Schools.
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