Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Military: Concealment and Deception or a "Magic Trick"?

The British Ministry of Defence is making news with its "invisible tank" demonstration.  Not to trivialize what their engineers have accomplished, but there are obvious parallels between what they've done and magic tricks - controlled conditions, including the viewing angle of the observers, and unseen technology, including cameras and projectors.  

That is exactly what "concealment and deception", as it is called, is all about, isn't it?  Exploit your control of the local environment and the limitations of your "opponent" to deceive them.  In this case, it involved a tank and not David Copperfield and the Statue of Liberty  (YouTube).

1 comment:

a.a said...

Saw a comic comment piece on the telly the other day about this technology. Said the military tested this, and it worked wonderfully, until- what was behind this tank was ... another tank ;).