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Cyberpunk Art 7: Death from above

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Keith Thompson: Helicopter
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Picture taken from Keith Thompsons (Link) wonderful art page. It has 2 40mm and one 60mm gun.

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April 29th, 2008 at 8:08 am

Sex sells

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…even Cyberpunk blogs. I can hardly imagine any reason to post this teaser for the GI Joe movie I ripped of io9. Except she looks cool.

Scarlett G. I. Joe

About time for this blog to take the “Style over Substance” part of Cyberpunk seriously, anyway.

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April 22nd, 2008 at 4:29 pm

DragonSkin Armor

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For your next discussion about modern armor rules in Cyberpunk 2020.

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Stats provided by Karsten:

Dragonskin Vest – SP: 30 EV: -1: treats AP (armor-piercing) rounds like normal Ammo – 1200 eb.

(based on Chrome 4 Armor Costs revised: Vest: 25 eb, very good quality (x2), AP-proof (x3), SP30 (x6), extra 300 eb for reducing the EV by one – not on the list). Do you agree?

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April 18th, 2008 at 8:15 am

Easter Linking

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If you came over to read stuff, you’re going to be disappointed. Even I have something better to do on Easter then to write for you.

But fear not: Others wrote stuff worthy of your attention:

  1. Wired shows you how to create your own combat bot. Ground, aerial and submerged bots for you to build – for just some 100s or 100s of $. It’s a wiki, so you can help. I wonder when homeland security takes down that site. Terrorists might use the cheap combat bots… 🙂 (Am I the only one who thinks that “Homeland security” sounds deliciously fascist?
  2. Contact lenses that can do some stuff we thought cybereyes would needed for, esp. a HUD (head up display, showing you images superimposed over your view – today used by fighter pilots)
  3. A Cyberpunk documentary from 1993. Look how William Gibson looked like 14 years ago:
The young William Gibson, ca 1993
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March 23rd, 2008 at 11:57 pm

ACPA: The Cyberpunk Mech

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io9 is a just wonderful resource for pictures and links. I found MORAV that way. They have some great “Giant Robot” Art:

MORAV Police Bot

Ain’t they cool? Check out the MORAV site for more great art.

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March 20th, 2008 at 8:43 am

Gunporn: Folding Gun put to the extreme

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I don’t have time to write a real post, Youtube is my rescue. Did ya see this?

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March 13th, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Future Soldier

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ffw.jpgYou may have heard one bit or the other about the “Future Combat System” project of the US military. Now, there is a new and completed article in the English wikipedia that gives a good overview about the current development of the Future Combat System and the very heart of it, the Future Force Warrior:

The Future Force Warrior project seeks to create a lightweight, fully integrated infantryman combat system. (…) (It) envisions the radical use of technologies such as nanotechnology, artificial powered exoskeletons, and magnetorheological fluid based body armor to provide the infantry with significantly higher force multiplier than the opposing force. (…)

The first phase of the project involves a development of the technologies to help reduce the soldier’s fighting load and power requirements and improving the soldier’s protection, lethality, and environmental and situational awareness, with planned deployment in 2010, to serve the Army’s short-term needs. The Army’s plan is to introduce the subsystems in “spirals” every two years, instead of one large rollout every ten years. The U.S. military hopes to develop a fully realized end product sometime in 2032, incorporating research from U.C. Berkeley’s BLEEX exoskeleton project and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies into a final design.

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March 10th, 2008 at 8:17 am

Killer Robots

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I guess the next time my PCs are going to infiltrate some corp compound, they will meet this little enemy:

Killer Robots will kill you

I’m at a loss to stat this thing. Speed maybe 20 km/h? Would that gun be a 7.62? Looks like it carries at least a 100 rounds. I would give it a 10+d10 to attack and 7+d10 for Initiative. Remotely controlled it would gain the skill of the operator. A netrunner could hijack it, if the right controller program is available.

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March 9th, 2008 at 8:43 am

Robot Tank guided by an Xbox 360

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DARPA (who accidently invented the internet) has spend millions to create autonomous vehicles. Their newest toy is the crusher:

Crusher Robot Vehicle
Carnegie Mellon University/National Robotics Engineering Center

Itf weighs nearly 7 tons, has a top speed of about 25 mph (its engine is a diesel from a VW Jetta!) and is designed to be totally autonomous, but can be operated remotely if necessary, foxnews.com writes.

It can go from one point to another useing its GPS sensors and internal maps to plot out a route. Only obstacles over six feet tall or deep force it to detour. With a camera it can spot troops 4 kilometers away.

[Otherwise, its a nerds dream. You] “drive” it with controllers for racing video games. A hacked Apple iPhone gives remote updates of the Crusher’s internal diagnostics. And a standard Xbox 360 controller raises the mast antenna, rotates the cameras and, given the situation, fires the weapons.

Good job news for xbox gamers, I would say.

Have a look at the vids.

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March 3rd, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Cyb3rpunk | Crime Time

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■ Geschwindigkeit ist alles. Mit dem Verbrechen hat sich auch die Strafverfolgung 2035+ radikal verändert. Neueste statistische Erhebungen zeigen, dass die Chance, einen Verbrecher zu stellen und dingfest zu machen bzw. ihn zu neutralisieren mit zunehmender zeitlicher Distanz zur Tat kontinuierlich abnimmt. Und das weitaus drastischer, als man im Angesicht des betriebenen Aufwandes betreffs Zentralregistratur und Überwachung des öffentlichen Raumes erwarten dürfte.

â–  Fade to black. Der Grund für den oben geschilderten Effekt ist sehr einfach: Wer ein schweres Verbrechen in irgend einer Art von überwachter Zone begangen hat, weiß heutzutage einfach, dass er sich irgendwann in den Maschen des Systems verfangen wird. Er weiß nicht erst seitdem er CSI gesehen hat, dass er in jedem Fall DNA-Partikel am Tatort hinterlassen oder einen kleinen Fehler zwangsläufig begehen MUSS. Und dass er dann am Arsch ist, weil die modernen Erfassungs- und AI-gestützten Analysemittel einfach so gut wie nichts mehr übersehen (sofern diese sich für ihn und sein Verbrechen interessieren, heißt das). Folglich wird ein Straftäter oder cyb3rpunk, der z.B. einen Wachmann niedergeschossen hat, ALLES daran setzen, zu verschwinden und seine komplette Identität zu ändern. Diese Bemühungen sind es dann, welche die Chance der Ergreifung mit wachsender zeitlicher Distanz zum Verbrechen immer weiter minimieren, trotzdem die Zentralregistratur den Verbrecher auch in 100 Jahren noch automatisch anhand der einmal erfassten Samples identifizieren würde. Hinzu kommt, dass ein Verbrecher, der sich aus welchen Gründen auch immer keine neue Identität oder ein komplettes Untertauchen erlauben kann, sich jeder Verhaftung mit extremsten Mitteln zu widersetzen versuchen wird – weil er WEISS; dass er bei einer genauen Identifizierung mit seinen früheren Verbrechen in Verbindung gebracht werden wird. Read the rest of this entry »