“Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century”

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2.6.09

“Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century”

The US has carried out thirty drone attacks on alleged al-Qaeda targets inside Pakistani territory since last summer, killing an estimated 250 people. The Predator attacks highlight the US military’s increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles and other robotic devices on the battlefield. We speak to P.W. Singer, a former defense policy adviser to President Obama’s election campaign and author of Wired For War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century. [includes rush transcript]

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P.W. Singer, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of the new book Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century. Served as coordinator of the Obama campaign’s defense policy task force. He is also the author of Corporate Warriors and Children at War.

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3 thoughts on ““Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century”

  1. I haven´t read „Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century“ yet. Nevertheless, I can´t agree with any use of very intelligent or less intelligent war robots in battlefields. Americans will save their soldiers´ lives, but what about lives of Iraqis, Afghans and people from many other countries, which are not so rich to afford to have military robots. And in general, is it really democracy and a civilized way of living in the 21st century?

  2. Removing the human element from war is removing conduct responaibility.
    There is truly a price to pay, in war, the life and death situtations. Being disengaged from the fear factor, makes hero’s of cowards.
    Which makes true Heroism meaningless.
    Wave the flag….

  3. According to wikipedia, the central enemy of reliability is complexity. A number of experts have claimed a relationship between the number of lines of code in a program and the number of bugs that it contains. This relationship is not simple, since the number of errors per line of code varies greatly according to the language used, the type of quality assurance processes, and level of testing, but it does appear to exist. More importantly, the number of bugs in a program has been directly related to the number of security faults that are likely to be found in the program.

    Aside from the “human errors” inherit in software programming and the “holes” vulnerable to exploitation, the outsourcing of the manufacturing of hardware, software and services of these tech-no-logic advances could also spring to mind the thought of planted “Trojan horses” within these systems.

    Not only leaving the military gutless, but mindless.

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