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

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

by P. W. Singer
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Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century by P. W. Singer

In Wired for War P. W. Singer explores the greatest revolution in military affairs since the atom bomb-the dawn of robotic warfare. We are on the cusp of a massive shift in military technology that threatens to make real the stuff of I, Robot and The Terminator. More than twelve thousand robotic systems are now deployed in Iraq. Pilots sitting in Nevada are remotely killing terrorists in Afghanistan. And many renowned science fiction authors are quietly consulting for the Pentagon on the next generation of robotic killers. Blending historical evidence with interviews of an amazing cast of characters, Singer shows how technology is changing not just how wars are fought, but also the politics, economics, laws, and the ethics that surround war itself. While his analysis is unnerving, there's an irresistible gee-whiz quality to the innovations Singer uncovers. In his hands, the future of war is as fascinating as it is frightening.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143116844
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/29/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 160,200
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dr Singer is considered one the world's leading experts on changes in 21st century warfare. He has written for the full range of major media and journals, including Boston Globe, L.A. Times, New Times, amongst many others. He is also the author of Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry and Children at War. He is also a founder and organizer of the US-Islamic World Forum, a global conference that brings together leaders from across the US and the Muslim world.

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Wired for War : The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Reneaux More than 1 year ago
This book takes takes on the use of robots in our current military operations. It also brings up some issues, that are not being discussed, but should be. This is an awesome book it gives a great insight to how and where the robots are being used, and how and where they may be used in the future. There is no doubt that the use of these machines in all aspects of our lives will only increase, war being no exception. It is a slippery slope that we are sliding down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deals with the moral problems of killing someone that you can't see, a problem that field artillery has had to deal with since the 1400's but gets worse as we go on. Covers both sides of the question well. We kill but do not see those we do but we do not have to write letters home to mothers or wives. The other question that he handles well is the responsibility for a software glitch. The contractor, the operator, etc. Presents the real delemia that this may be the last generation of fighter pilots that will be in the planes. But despite this, he skirts Ferenbach's Law in that he admits that IED detectors will help but is not clear that we still need 18 year old kids on the ground to deal with people usually with a rifle and a bayonet, but I am old fashioned in that aspect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book that law makers, anyone intersted in technology and sci-fi fans should read. The book deals with real world implications of the things to come or not. If we as a society are able to think ahead like we have for the human genome, nuclear weapons and biological weapon research then perhaps we can think ahead about the benefits and implications to the advanced technology that is coming. I found it to be an eye opener to many new things that have been around for a while and a glimpse into the future. If your into sci-fi and real future technological advancements then this book is for you. Beutifully written for anyone to understand and to be captivated in the subject. Great research and information for the scifi geek and any one interseted in Military advancements and how they have advanced our daily lives.
Skitch41 More than 1 year ago
This is a freakin' awesome book! Singer, in this book on robotics and its use in the military, has just blown my mind. Reading about many of the things in this book seems like science fiction, yet it is all real. Robots that can stay in the air for over a day, robots that can act as sentry guards for army bases, robots that can see through walls, and even robots that can replace lost limbs; it is all in here. But what really blew my mind was not just the detailed accounts of these new technological innovations and their capabilities, but also the legal, ethical, and moral questions they raise for our generation. Singer doesn't just sit back in awe of these new toys, he asks the questions everyone should be asking: should we arm robots with lethal weapons? Should we bring robots' intelligence and autonomy to a level where they are indistinguishable from humans? Should autonomous robots have rights like a human? Who's responsible when an autonomous robot kills or injures someone? And should we build robots for sex? All these questions are explored. My only complaint is that Singer tends to wander off from his original topic in many of his chapters. Many times he starts with a good premise, but then wanders off into a different topic. Ultimately though, this one of the coolest, scariest, and most thought-provoking books I have read in a long time. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!
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