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Brookings Institute fellow Singer (Children at War) believes that we resist trying to research and understand change in the making of war. Robotics promises to be the most comprehensive instrument of change in war since the introduction of gunpowder. Beginning with a brief and useful survey of robotics, Singer discusses its military applications during WWII, the arming and autonomy of robots at the turn of the century, and the broad influence of robotics on near-future battlefields. How, for example, can rules of engagement for unmanned autonomous machines be created and enforced? Can an artificial intelligence commit a war crime? Arguably more significant is Singers provocative case that war itself will be redefined as technology creates increasing physical and emotional distance from combat. As robotics diminishes wars risks the technology diminishes as well the higher purposes traditionally used to justify it. Might that reduce humanitys propensity for war making? Or will robotics make war less humane by making it less human? Singer has more questions than answers—but it is difficult to challenge his concluding admonition to question and study the technologies of military robotics—while the chance remains. (Jan. 26)
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A good survey of the state of the art a few years ago. Somewhat dated. Needs a new revision.Published 17 days ago by Picky computer user
Easier read than I thought it was going to be; but Singer seems to get tied around the idealistic employment of unmanned and autonomous systems. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Tim
For those that only know about drones and technology from what they see in the news or read in Newspapers and magazines, this book will be a tremendous eye-opener it is also a very... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Publius
A lot of the content has been overcome by newer technology, but offers a good basis for automated system warfare.Published 1 month ago by Robert Chamberlain
Great insight to what will obviously be the future of warfare. A must read for anyone who enjoys history and humor.Published 1 month ago by Fearno1
Thought provoking and an easy read. Singer discusses the intersection of science fiction and advances in robotics and autonomous weapons. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeff
P.W. Singer does a great job of explaining the evolution of robotics (I'm a robotic engineer) and how the military takes advantage of a variety of platforms. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Taz
Top quality book. Content rich and presented to be understood by anyone. This is a must read by everyone!Published 5 months ago by Cecil M.