Military documents reveal how the US Army plans to deploy AI in future wars

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Tomorrow’s wars will be fought with a lethal combination of soldiers, drones, and AI-powered systems. The Internet of Battle Things, as it’s being called, is a vast battlefield network of machines and humans — and the US Army is working to make it a reality. In what reads like a list of kill-streak perks in a Call of Duty game, the Army described what the “things” in its “Internet of Battle Things” would be in a just-released white paper: Most of such intelligent things will not be too dissimilar from the systems we see on today’s battlefield, such as unattended ground sensors,…

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Two ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Tables Are Heading to ‘Zen Pinball’, ‘Star Wars Pinball’, and ‘Pinball FX 3’ Next Month

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Zen Studios just does not let up when it comes to releasing cool new licensed pinball games for their suite of digital pinball games. Last month saw the release of three new tables based around the Jurassic Park franchise in anticipation of the new Jurassic World movie releasing this June, and now Zen is ready to go back to one of their most rock-solid licenses with two brand new Star Wars tables arriving next month. These two tables are based on the most recent Star Wars film The Last Jedi, and as with all of Zen’s stuff feature some incredulous action and top-notch visuals. Here’s a trailer showing off both new The Last Jedi tables, followed by the official descriptions for both which, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, might be considered light spoilers.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Survive a First Order onslaught as the Resistance, train Rey in the ways of the Force on Ahch-To, and defend Finn from Captain Phasma, blasting away at stormtroopers as BB-8. Jump a ramp to shoot down TIE fighters, fight off Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer, and teach Rey that the Force isn’t just moving rocks!”

Star Wars: Ahch-To Island – Luke Skywalker (reluctantly) welcomes you to his secluded hideaway. Train Rey in the ways of the Force, convince Luke to join the Resistance and help Chewbacca deal with some Porg problems. You’ll even get a taste of everyday life on the island as Luke, including reminiscing about his Rebellion days through R2-D2’s hologram projections. And when the lights go off during a multiball mode? Let’s just hope the Force is with you…”

This new Star Wars Pinball: The Last Jedi pack is set to arrive across all platforms on April 17th, which means it’ll be part of both Zen Pinball [Free] and the Star Wars Pinball [$ 1.99] apps on iOS and Android and part of Pinball FX 3 on every other platform.

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Disney is already setting up its Star Wars expansion land in a new Grand Admiral Thrawn novel

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We’re still far away from the 2019 opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the twin expansion lands that will be opening at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, but the narrative groundwork for the new parks is already being quietly set up. Specifically, the new novel Thrawn: Alliances from Timothy Zahn will send Darth Vader and the Grand Admiral together on a mission to Batuu, which io9 notes is the same planet that will serve as the setting for Galaxy’s Edge.

Disney hasn’t revealed too much about the planet — only that it’s a remote trading port, and “one of the last stops before Wild Space” — but taking the chance to build out the lore before the park opens is a smart way to get fans interested ahead of time. Thrawn is already a…

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Old Luke, All-Out War Mode Invade ‘Star Wars: Force Arena’ in New Update

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Lucasfilm and Disney don’t officially call him Old Luke, but let’s face it: Luke Skywalker had some years on him in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. That said, he still showed Mr. Emo himself, Kylo Ren, a few new tricks, and he’ll look to do the same for mobile gamers since he’s joining the fray in the latest update to Star Wars: Force Arena [Free], along with more characters from the most recent Star Wars saga film, conveniently released on digital HD earlier this week.

Joining Old Luke are his old pal R2-D2, Supreme Leader Snoke and his Elite Praetorian Guards, though the ‘Elite’ part is up for some debate given their performance in defending Snoke in the movie. They’ll help buff up the character roster in Netmarble’s “we’re not calling it a MOBA but yes it’s pretty much a mobile MOBA” title.

Seeing as one of the visual highlights of The Last Jedi was the salt planet, Crait, you might be happy to learn that it’s now in the game too as part of the new “All Out War” arcade mode. Available once you reach Tier 4 with either the light or dark sides, All Out War gives you a break from the more intense Arena action in battles that see each player put their best 18 cards to the test. No word on whether there are any famous people doing cameos as random Resistance troopers.

Last but not least, the Assault on Starkiller Base board game event is live now and running for the next few weeks. Help Poe Dameron (not that he usually needs much) make attack runs on Starkiller Base by earning movement points by either completing missions or using Crystals. You’ll earn Credits and cards on the way in, but the more attack runs you complete before the event ends, the more loot you can earn.

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Really, though, it’s all about Old Luke and getting him off his Jedi behind to lend a hand. Best of luck with that.

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Infinity War’s Thanos proves CGI supervillains are a terrible idea

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The final Infinity War trailer presents a terrifying, monumental threat to earth. Armies clash. Dead bodies are strewn about the screen. Music blares. Impressive percussion stirs up emotions. Lightning cracks. And at the center of it all is… Thanos! The terrifying universe-destroyer! Who, unfortunately, looks like a bald purple plastic mannequin with weird grooves in his chin to make up for the fact that he can’t grow a beard.

There’s no kind way to put it: Thanos isn’t impressive; he’s ridiculous. A villain named after death should look frightening, maybe with some sort of visual reference to death. Instead, Thanos comes across as an over-inflated cousin of Grimace from McDonald’s marketing. Except Grimace is actually kind of scary.

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What’s on TV: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ ‘Burnout Paradise’

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This week gamers can finally revisit Burnout Paradise on new-gen consoles as the game gets remastered for 4K and released Friday for $ 40. It's also time for an early release of the latest Star Wars movie on video on-demand services, while the men's c…
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Jon Favreau will write a ‘Star Wars’ live-action TV series

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Disney has made it clear how important Star Wars is to its new streaming service; the company is producing a long-awaited live-action TV show set in a galaxy far far away as an exclusive. Today, Lucasfilm announced who's going to be at the show's hel…
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Phasma’s deleted scene from Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the version fans deserved

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Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

One of the biggest complaints about J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens was how it hyped up the presence of a chrome-plated stormtrooper, Captain Phasma (played by Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie), whose actual appearance in the film turned out to be underwhelming. Fans hoped for a bit of redemption for the character in December’s The Last Jedi, but she only turned up for a brief appearance and a quick death at the hands of her former soldier, Finn. The latest episode of The Star Wars Show premiered a deleted scene in the run-up to the upcoming home release for the film, one that shows a different ending for the character, which fits far better with the novels and comics that built up…

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