'NCIS: LA' tech advisorsBrian Cooley, CNET'S editor-at-large, interviews two experts from Lockheed Martin who work with "NCIS: LA" producers on the authenticity of the show's technology and programs.
[ Music ] >> While many shows make up the technology you see in their storyline, "NCIS LA" is showing that these days, the real thing is amazing enough. >> As I'm looking around the set of "NCIS LA" here, a lot of these technologies that Lockheed Martin has brought into this, I'm struck by how many of these kind of feel a little bit like consumer technology. What's driving what here? Is the technology embracing the consumer side, or is the consumer side making really high-end tech companies like yours do things differently? >> I think it's because the technology is changing so rapidly, and it's such a dynamic world that integraters like Lockheed Martin really need to get better at doing the integration for the technology. >> And what's happening here because I know some of this technology of yours, it runs on, it runs on Google Earth. It has photos that are shot from planes that other companies do. You didn't invent every single piece of what's happening here. >> Absolutely true, and part of it is it's easier to explain to people what's coming if they've seen pieces of it. >> Now, we see one technology here on the set where it's telling us what a camera, a covert camera will see if you stick it on a certain ledge, on a certain building, as you're trying to watch and find a perpetrator, and the value of being able to simulate that first before you place the camera is what? >> As you mentioned, I can show you what they could see. Imagine that I'm watching the soldier, I'm sensing where he is, and I jump three blocks ahead of him, and look down the alleyway for him before he's there. That's a whole game changer to this world. >> What do you think is the next, the next big step for this kind of technology, which I think is visual, predictive, real, immersive, all those terms come to mind? What's, what's the Holy Grail that is being worked on now? >> In my opinion, the, the next generation is more about human terrain. We tend to think in terms of geospacially-located groups, but that's no longer true, and you can see that with, like, Al Quida, hackers. These aren't people that gather together in a meeting spot and decide what they're going to do. They collaborate virtually, and they collaborate because of a belief system, and how do you analyze that using the same kinds of techniques that we're talking about. That's one of the things I think that's going to be important in the future. [ Music ]