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We are just beginning to see a massive shift in military technology that threatens to make the stuff of I, Robot and the Terminator all too real. More then seven thousand robotic systems are now in Iraq. Pilots in Nevada are remotely killing terrorists in Afghanistan. Scientists are debating just how smart - and how lethal - to make their current robotic prototypes. And many of the most renowned science fiction authors are secretly consulting for the Pentagon on the next generation.Blending historic evidence with interviews from the field, Singer vividly shows that as these technologies multiply, they will have profound effects on the front lines as well as on the politics back home. Moving humans off the battlefield makes wars easier to start, but more complex to fight. Replacing men with machines may save some lives, but will lower the morale and psychological barriers to killing. The "warrior ethos", which has long defined soldiers' identity, will erode, as will the laws of war that have governed military conflict for generations.While his analysis is unnerving, there's an irresistible gee-whiz quality to the innovations Singer uncovers. Wired for War travels from Iraq to see these robots in combat to the latter-day "skunk works" in America's suburbia, where tomorrow's technologies of war are quietly being designed. In Singer's hands, the future of war is as fascinating as it is frightening.
P. W. Singer is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, the youngest person ever to hold that position. He-'s consulted for the department of defense and State, the CIA, and Congress. He has also appeared on 60 Minutes and the Today Show, among other programs, and written for publications such as The New York Times and Foreign Affairs.
Table of Contents
|Author's Note: Why a Book on Robots and War?||p. 1|
|The Change We are Creating|
|Introduction: Scenes from a Robot War||p. 19|
|Smart Bombs, Norma Jeane, and Defecating Ducks: A Short History of Robotics||p. 42|
|Robotics for Dummies||p. 66|
|To Infinity and Beyond: The Power of Exponential Trends||p. 94|
|Coming Soon to a Battlefield Near You: The Next Wave of Warbots||p. 109|
|Always in the Loop? The Arming and Autonomy of Robots||p. 123|
|Robotic Gods: Our Machine Creators||p. 135|
|What Inspires Them: Science Fiction's Impact on Science Reality||p. 150|
|The Refuseniks: The Roboticists Who Just Say No||p. 170|
|What Change is Creating for Us|
|The Big Cebrowski and the Real RMA: Thinking About Revolutionary Technologies||p. 179|
|"Advanced" Warfare: How We Might Fight with Robots||p. 205|
|Robots That Don't Like Apple Pi: How the U.S. Could Lose the Unmanned Revolution||p. 237|
|Open-Source Warfare: College Kids, Terrorists, and Other New Users of Robots at War||p. 261|
|Losers and Luddites: The Changing Battlefields Robots Will Fight On and the New Electronic Sparks of War||p. 279|
|The Psychology of Warbots||p. 297|
|YouTube War: The Public and Its Unmanned Wars||p. 315|
|Changing the Experience of War and the Warrior||p. 326|
|Command and Control... Alt-Delete: New Technologies and Their Effect on Leadership||p. 344|
|Who Let You in the War? Technology and the New Demographics of Conflict||p. 360|
|Digitizing the Laws of War and Other Issues of (Un) Human Rights||p. 382|
|A Robot Revolt? Talking About Robot Ethics||p. 413|
|Conclusion: The Duality of Robots and Humans||p. 428|
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