Friday, May 20, 2011

Fight pirates, the U.S. Navy Recruit Gamer

WASHINGTON - In order to anticipate incidents of hijacking ships as Somali pirates who carried out some time ago, the United States Navy plans to invite gamers to participate in an online game that simulates the incident.

Office of Naval Research (ONR) hope this step can filter the thousands of ideas of society in the fight against the pirates, instead of just relying on the traditional way with a discussing military strategy in the office of the Pentagon.

"This approach is made ​​to come up with ideas and potential solutions to the problem and our biggest challenge," said Lawrence Schuette as Director of Innovation ONR, told AFP.

"Pirates in the African region is an old problem that must be faced. We chose this topic for the beginning of the game scenario," he added.

The plan, 1000 ONR will only recruit players to participate in this project. However, unexpectedly, approximately 9,000 people enrolled in the project, so that ONR should postpone the implementation date to a month.

The Navy hopes this project can bring in the experts not only from the military field, but also include academics, politicians to technology specialists.

"The hope is, through the collective intelligence and knowledge of many people we can hold a conversation about the problems of geopolitical weight and get a solution that it never occurred to us,"said Schuette.

19 comments:

  1. Wow.. Soon Tom Clancy will be helping develop games for the Army... lol

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  2. That's a great idea. Mass strategic planning.

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  3. This was the plot of an episode of Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal!

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  4. thats a great idea! im kind of surprised it didnt come sooner

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  5. This sounds like an interesting way to solve their problem. I hope it works.

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  6. Gamers would just come up with the biggest wackjob ideas like "it needs a tube on it" or "that's over powered!"

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  7. where can I sign for gameing for the army :-D

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  8. glad to see they are looking at gamers now...didnt the army do something like this?

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  9. now who mentioned the games are bad... they should read this article.

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  10. thats a pretty interesting idea!

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  11. I would glad to be a tester :D

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