6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

CNET Top 5: Military research projects

About Video Transcript

CNET Top 5: Military research projects

3:05 /

Yes, it includes lasers, robots, and explosions. What else did you expect?

Welcome to CNET Top 5, where each time we meet, we count down another hot CNET list. I'm Tom Merritt. The military can be a controversial topic for some, but consider this. They invented the Internet. In fact, the Defense Advanced Research Project Association, or DARPA, specifically invented the Internet. So what are those geniuses up to these days? Let's count down the Top 5 military research projects from DARPA. At No. 5, a PAL or Personalized Assistant that Learns. This is a computer system that acts as an executive assistant to military commanders. My guess is they'll eventually implant it in a friendly robot body. Just guessing. Coming in at No. 4, GALE or Global Autonomous Language Exploitation, an example of real-time accurate language translation. That's right, a universal translator. And DARPA thinks it'll be good enough to challenge human translators by 2011. Up to No. 3, PerceptOR. The Perception for Off-road robotics project for Unamanned Ground Combat Vehicles. If you didn't quite catch that, it means killer robot soldiers. By 2015, Congress requires that one-third of U.S. ground combat vehicles be unmanned. PerceptOR meet Skynet. Oh, speaking of Skynet, sliding in at No. 2, ORCA. The Optical RF Communications Adjunct. A high-data-rate backbone network operated from airborne "assets" at 25,000 feet. Yes it's a network. In the sky. Before we get to No. 1, it's time for another lame prize! Be one of the first 10 people to answer the following question at our Top 5 post at blog.cnettv.com and you could win. The Deluxe! Han Solo with smuggler flight pack featuring battle-pivoting blaster cannons and cargo claw. Now that's a military research project. The question is, what was the original name of the Internet. Blog.cnettv.com All right. Let's get to our No. 1. The top military research project is: HELLADS. The High Energy Liquid Laser Area Defense System. It's merely a 150 kilowatt laser used to shoot down rockets from the sky. The prototype was dubbed the HEL weapon. It can be either ground-based or integrated in planes. And we're not even making this up. I think it's obvious why a liquid laser rocket destroyer would be No. 1. Don't you? Well That's it for this edition of CNET Top 5. Don't forget to tell us the original name of the Internet at blog.cnettv.com for a chance to win the Han Solo robot kill us all thing. I'm Tom Merritt. See you next time.

New releases

The Renault Megane 275 Trophy is a Lord of the Ring
8:56 November 27, 2014
When someone dared to take the FWD lap record at the Nürburgring away from Renault, the Frenchmen fought back The result is the Megane...
Play video
How the Samsung Galaxy Note got its pen in CNET UK podcast 412
20:16 November 27, 2014
The Samsung Galaxy Note almost came with a toothpick, we're going back to Jurassic World, and BT has its sights on O2 -- or maybe...
Play video
Apple looks to Virtual Reality
4:55 November 26, 2014
Apple is pursuing virtual reality harder than it ever has before. The iPhone 6 can play 4K video, and the best Black Friday deals for...
Play video
Olympus E-PL7's mainstream appeal
2:24 November 26, 2014
A good interchangeable-lens series for budding enthusiasts gets better.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 093: Underwater cities, MST3K's new website, robot security guards and more
23:17 November 26, 2014
On today's show, we discuss a Japanese design firm's plans for a futuristic underwater city, the newest way to watch your favorite...
Play video
Sparing no expense, 'Jurassic World' features Gear smartwatch
2:56 November 26, 2014
Samsung products find a way into the latest "Jurassic Park" movie, Amazon launches Local Services, and Twitter tests coupon offers...
Play video
Tablet tips for traveling with kids
2:47 November 26, 2014
Learn how to use the tech you already have to entertain your kids during a long trip.
Play video
Razor scooters drive electric
1:54 November 26, 2014
Razor's small E100 and larger E300 electric scooters make for a fun ride, but don't expect much in the way of features.
Play video