We all wish ships like the Battlestar Galactica were real, but apparently Chinese media wanted us to wish just a little harder.
Last week an article appeared on the Japanese-language version of the official China Internet Information Centre titled "4 Major Trends in Aircraft Carrier Development." The article's purpose was to explore the way of the future in aircraft carriers, and discussed the potential for new stealth fighters, the use of automated drones, upgraded missile defense systems and even electromagnetic catapults. To illustrate what these future, high-tech ships might look like, the article needed an image or two, and someone at the China Internet Information Centre decided it was best to use this one:
The article claimed the image was a design for a futuristic aircraft carrier, but neglected to mention its origins. Commenters were soon speculating that the image came from a videogame, and finally someone traced it (probably thanks to the logo on the left side) to Zoic Studios, the visual-effects company that worked on the 2004 revival series of Battlestar Galactica. So apparently someone at the Information Centre wasn't quite as thorough as they should have been when gathering art for this piece.
To be fair, Galactica is actually rather like a futuristic aircraft carrier. It's got room for fighter squadrons and plenty of defense systems. It just doesn't happen to travel on water like the aircraft carriers we know. Still, maybe this wasn't just a case of reckless image appropration. Maybe this was some sci-fi geek trying to show us the way of the future.
(Via BBC News)