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Terrifying VR puts you in the shoes of the President of the United States of America during an enemy nuclear missile strike with only 15 minutes until the end of the world

THIS scary virtual reality simulator puts you in the hot seat of the President of the United States during a high tension nuclear missile strike.

A research team at two universities in the US and Germany designed a 15-minute VR simulator to see what it’s like to be in the President’s war room during a nuclear attack.

Simulation puts the user in a war room, after news that Russia launched a series of nuclear missiles

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Simulation puts the user in a war room, after news that Russia launched a series of nuclear missiles
Users are given three counterattack options after the missile attack, with only 15 minutes to make a decision

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Users are given three counterattack options after the missile attack, with only 15 minutes to make a decision

The Virtual Reality (VR) experience is designed to better understand decision-making during a nuclear crisis and is based on extensive research, including interviews with former officials.

The founders call their project Kernel biscuits, after the small card bearing the presidential launch authorization number.

Richard Burt, America’s chief negotiator in arms control negotiations with the Soviet Union, said after his turn: “You step into that simulation and become a changed person.”

Julian Borger from Guardians tested software that could theoretically lead to the deaths of at least 5 million people and described the experience as overwhelming, as he had to make decisions that could incite a world war. gender.

“The pressure to make one of the choices presented by the Pentagon feels almost overwhelming,” he wrote.

“At one point, an aide asked me how I could face my country if I couldn’t answer.

“In the 15 minutes available, it won’t be possible to put all viable alternatives in front of a president, so whoever takes them down holds a huge amount of power.”

Using VR to place participants in a crisis scenario, the project analyzes retaliation options that people consider valid, plus other variables that influence people’s decisions in different situations. high stress situations.

The VR experience was first demonstrated in February 2020 at the Munich Security Conference, where it helped officials experience the pressure and uncertainty inherent in any nuclear crisis.

The project is a collaboration between Sharon K. Weiner, from the School of International Services at American University, and Moritz Kutt, from the Institute for Peace Studies and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg.

Since then, it has been tested in Washington by nuclear weapons experts and former officials, as well as students from Princeton University.

The simulation puts the user in a war room, after news that Russia has launched a bunch of nuclear missiles and military aid gives you a Nuclear Football, to decide how to respond.

Football offers three countermeasures:

  • The “limited countermeasures” attack, targeting Russian bunkers and military bases, killed 15 million Russians,
  • “Comprehensive Counter-Strike Force” with 25 million casualties, or
  • “Industries Perpetuate War”, targeted the Russian leadership and killed 30-45 million people.

Kütt said the majority of test participants to date have chosen one of the three options presented in the experience, either “limited counterattack force”, “full-scale counterattack force” or ” industries that perpetuate war”.

“Most people chose an escalation option and only a very few decided not to react,” Kütt said.

WHAT IS NUCLEAR FOOTBALL?

The President of the United States has access to a “nuclear football

Inside was a black book of attack options for him to choose in the event of a large-scale US military attack.

The President needs to authenticate his identity with a plastic card nicknamed ‘cookie’.

The Commander-in-Chief has the sole authority to order the launch of 1,365 US nuclear weapons from the briefcase.

Once the president had selected his strike options from what had been compared with the restaurant’s set menus, orders were passed through the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the Pentagon’s war room.

Using a sealed authentication code, it was then sent to US Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

Fire commands are transmitted to actual crews using coded codes that must match the key codes inside their safes.

The origins of “soccer” can be traced back to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis when JFK ordered the placement of locks on nuclear weapons and demanded alternatives to an all-out nuclear war plan. area.

Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara, said “football” got its name from an original nuclear war plan codenamed Dropkick.

“People feel they are making uncertain decisions,” says Sharon Weiner.

“They wish they knew more or think something is unclear, but nonetheless there is pressure to make a decision.

“I think some people choose an option just because they want to finish.”

In January, the team brought their experiment to Capitol Hill, with the aim of asking officials to consider the realities of the US nuclear plan.

“It is hoped that members of Congress will go through this and at least see the consequences of the choices they have made on the matter of nuclear weapons,” Weiner said.

“They’ll see everyone in that virtual room trying to do their job, but it’s an impossible job.”

Virtual Reality (VR) experiences designed to better understand decision-making during a nuclear crisis

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Virtual Reality (VR) experiences designed to better understand decision-making during a nuclear crisisCredit: AP
Virtual Reality Simulator puts you in the hot seat of the President of the United States during a high tension missile strike

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Virtual Reality Simulator puts you in the hot seat of the President of the United States during a high tension missile strike
In January, the team took their experiment to Capitol Hill, with the aim of asking officials to consider the basic reality of the US nuclear plan.

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In January, the team took their experiment to Capitol Hill, with the aim of asking officials to consider the basic reality of the US nuclear plan.Credit: AFP

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Huynh Nguyen

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