Robots on the Battlefield

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Science fiction may be becoming a reality on the battlefield. Find out how robots are transforming modern combat. Military expert P.W. Singer’s latest book is Wired for War.

P.W. Singer will be speaking and signing books
Thursday Feb 5th at 7pm
Barnes & Nobel
82nd and Broadway


P.W. Singer

Comments [7]

David from Brooklyn

The scenario that Singer describes, in which the military robot pointed a machine gun turret at the group of VIPs is eeriely similar to something in the film Robocop--a film I'd always felt was scarily prescient. Disturbing, to be sure.

Jan. 29 2009 12:58 PM
Dan Reidy from NJ

Land mines are autonomous killers. But you cant turn them off remotely.

Jan. 29 2009 12:55 PM

the anbar awakening was a significant turning point in the iraq war. it involved human interaction and negotiation.

how might the proliferation of military robots affect the prospects of this sort of thing in the future?

Jan. 29 2009 12:54 PM

Love the fighting robots idea! Of course it is important that they are deployed by both sides...

Robot vs. Robot -- now that's war porn!

Jan. 29 2009 12:50 PM
Kevin from Blue Hill, Maine

I think that the bad part about drones will be that these will be available to those who can afford them. and then terrorists will be driving them around the US from abroad.

Jan. 29 2009 12:50 PM
Amy from Manhattan

What about the person controlling the robots? Are mistakes that cause civilian deaths more or less likely to be made by someone "back home" than by soldiers on the scene, either up close w/guns or at a distance w/shells?

Jan. 29 2009 12:49 PM
Gary from UWS

The original "Star Trek" had an episode where they figured out how to have war without destroying physical buildings by computers calculating a nuclear strike and "victims" reporting to the incinerator. The brillant episode captured the idea that it's necessary for humans to experience real war in order to eventually end the madness.

Jan. 29 2009 12:48 PM

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