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

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-01-22
  • Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The

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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.

Author Biography

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 Warp. 19
Smart Bombs, Norma Jeane, and Defecating Ducks: A Short History of Roboticsp. 42
Robotics for Dummiesp. 66
To Infinity and Beyond: The Power of Exponential Trendsp. 94
Coming Soon to a Battlefield Near You: The Next Wave of Warbotsp. 109
Always in the Loop? The Arming and Autonomy of Robotsp. 123
Robotic Gods: Our Machine Creatorsp. 135
What Inspires Them: Science Fiction's Impact on Science Realityp. 150
The Refuseniks: The Roboticists Who Just Say Nop. 170
What Change is Creating for Us
The Big Cebrowski and the Real RMA: Thinking About Revolutionary Technologiesp. 179
"Advanced" Warfare: How We Might Fight with Robotsp. 205
Robots That Don't Like Apple Pi: How the U.S. Could Lose the Unmanned Revolutionp. 237
Open-Source Warfare: College Kids, Terrorists, and Other New Users of Robots at Warp. 261
Losers and Luddites: The Changing Battlefields Robots Will Fight On and the New Electronic Sparks of Warp. 279
The Psychology of Warbotsp. 297
YouTube War: The Public and Its Unmanned Warsp. 315
Changing the Experience of War and the Warriorp. 326
Command and Control... Alt-Delete: New Technologies and Their Effect on Leadershipp. 344
Who Let You in the War? Technology and the New Demographics of Conflictp. 360
Digitizing the Laws of War and Other Issues of (Un) Human Rightsp. 382
A Robot Revolt? Talking About Robot Ethicsp. 413
Conclusion: The Duality of Robots and Humansp. 428
Acknowledgmentsp. 437
Notesp. 439
Indexp. 483
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