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Covid-19 Crisis Accelerates U.K. Military's Push Into Virtual War Gaming


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Improbable's technology creates a virtual replica of any location and allows operators to "war game" their responses.

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The U.K. Ministry of Defence is looking to fast-track new virtual reality technology from software developer Improbable that would create a digital replica of the country. The technology could be used to test resilience to future pandemics, natural disasters, and attacks by hostile states.

Known as a "single synthetic environment," the technology layers maps of geographical terrain and critical infrastructure with details of fuel, power, and water supplies, telecom networks, weather patterns, and more. This virtual "twin" uses artificial intelligence to simulate future scenarios and offers the ability to "war game" responses.

The Ministry of Defence hopes eventually to build simulations of likely conflict zones. "What we're aiming for in the longer term is . . . to enable governments to test ideas and test choices of action in a virtual world before implementing them in the real world," says Improbable's Chief Executive Joe Robinson.

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