How to enrage your enemy 101

Posted on December 6, 2010
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The US government, no doubt aware of the prohibition on any depiction of the prophet in Islam, has been constructing a device able to ” beam a massive, lifelike hologram over a battlefield, projecting the image of some deity “to incite fear in soldiers on a battlefield,””.  The logic behind this seems a little muddled. To my mind,  there would be no greater way of enraging your enemy than by flagrantly defiling their most sacred commandment whilst facing them on the battlefield.  Indeed, this is perhaps the most efficient method for turning even those Moslems who did not bear you a grudge, into violent, psychopathic, jihadists.  So, dear Pentagon, my suggestion to you is that you hand this technology over to some peaceful raver dudes so they can take it to a forest somewhere and project chill out visuals into the sky as they dance to their doof doof. Here’s the story from Wired magazine

It’s one of those grandiose ideas that gets bandied about by Pentagon scientists and pops up in the press every few years. The “Face of Allah” weapon would beam a massive, lifelike hologram over a battlefield, projecting the image of some deity “to incite fear in soldiers on a battlefield,” according to one researcher.

We last checked in on holographic weapons research two years ago, when the University of New Hampshire was working on some Pentagon-funded projects. Since then, another university team has turned holograms into a reality — but not as tools of war. Not yet, at least.

Optical scientist Nasser Peyghambarian and his teammates at the University of Arizona have demonstrated what The New York Times calls “actual moving holograms that are filmed in one spot and then projected and viewed in another spot.” The Times likens the holograms to the tiny image of Princess Leia that R2D2 showed Luke Skywalker in the beginning of Star Wars, only “a lot more haltingly, as the display changes only every two seconds.”

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