Virtual Reality has many applications in the entertainment industry. From films to videogames, developers use the device as a medium to explore narrative and gameplay structures. However, ex-videogame developer Dan Kaufman has taken a new, very different approach from other previous military applications. ‘DARPA Dan’ as he is known, is creating a way to combat cyber attacks using an Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD).
During CBS’ 60 Minutes programme the show spoke with the head of the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) innovations office. Currently, DARPA has been working on ways to protect people from cyber attacks both for military and consumer use. Shown in the video is a brief demonstration of the Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra motion controllers being used in a defence programme. It is not known what this particular software does, however Kaufman did state that he is “moving people into the world of real science and cyber defence”.
The general aim is to create a system which can plug holes in software instantaneously without the need for people to search for them. With so many devices networked to the internet, hackers are able to access anything. Perhaps, with the use of VR it might allow people to identify a hacker or a breach in a system much more effectively.
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