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Overall, I thought Sanger did a good job of describing the state of the art in robotic military systems and addressing the potential sociological and psychological impact of using these systems in current and future military operations. From my perspective, the central operational issue in using armed robotic systems in combat is balancing autonomy with effective human control (the focus of Sanger's Chapter 6.). In my view, he correctly refers to this topic as the "Issue-That-Must-Not-Be-Discussed." I was particularly struck by the difference between the attitude of those having the most on-the-ground experience with these systems (e.g.Read more ›
Well, at least so I thought - it turns out that over 12,000 robots are at war in Iraq and Afghanistan as we speak. The companies producing these machines were spurred by the very real necessities of dealing with guerrilla warfare, and avoiding the human toll associated with such difficult environments. Through a combination of human-controlled and artificially-intelligent hardware, these robots back up our soldiers and provide a super-human level of robustness and accuracy.
The author raises the complex moral questions associated with having machines killing people on the frontline, and the issues that arise when mistakes occur. There's also a fascinating discussion of stress disorders that remote pilots are suffering from - these men and women sit in offices in the US, controlling machines on the battleground far away, and return home for dinner every day after "a day's fighting".
It's also interesting to look at the design of some of the machines and their control interfaces, many of which look like Wall-E with a machine gun. Weapons companies have copied controllers from the Playstation and Xbox, taking advantage of a generation that is comfortable using these devices without extensive retraining.Read more ›
This book feeds the popular misconception that robots are smart and getting smarter. I have a brother-in-law that was asking me about my work and how I'd done some simple AI design for computer board games for fun a long time ago. He made the comment, "I bet all that is coming in handy in your current job". I had to tell him that no, creating strategy-based behaviors for Risk has almost zero relevance to modern robotics -- we're nowhere close to a strategic level of thinking. As an industry, we're still at the level of getting a robot to move from point A to point B consistently and without running into anything. The videos on YouTube posted by researchers show some incredible things, but research is almost always 10-15 years ahead of a solid, marketable solution (toy problems in the lab are comparatively easy, real-world complexity is HARD).
The reality is this: Most mobile robots in theater right now are glorified remote control cars, operated by soldiers less than a few hundred meters away via cameras mounted on the robots. Singer talks a great deal about the Foster-Miller Talon and iRobot Packbot, because they are far and away the most common and prominent platforms in theater. However, the examples of autonomy he gives never deal with those platforms. Why? Because they have almost no autonomy for the units in the field.
Autonomy for mobile robotics is HARD. Very hard.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A little outdated seeing how it was published in 2009, one hopes we might see an updated version.
But a great read nonetheless.
I think the author brings up some good points about the complexity of autonomous drones and AI use. We as a society are ill prepared for the gray area and he brings up multiple... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. Accessible perspective on the complex realities of our world and evolved characteristics of war.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Its a good book, its my own fault, I didn't see the copyright date, at this point its already a little dated (military tech has evolved exponentially over the past near decade... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Edward Mack
Much recomended. A bit long. Fascinating insights. A lot of new information for me. A good by. Well researched. Above all interesting.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A compelling account of our struggle to control the technologies that seem to embrace us, rather than the other way round, and an exploration of the moral dilemmas that this Brave... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Roger Williams
This is a well-organized review of the past decade of technological developments in robotics and their current (and future) implications for the phenomenon of war. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ryan Mease
Interesting book. It reviews the current development of semi and automated systems for military systems. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stephen