Saturday, February 7, 2009

Expert: Robots Will Fight Wars of Future

The underlying 'muscles' of a Japanese android at a Tokyo robot fair. Photo AP

From FOX News:

Robots will fight the wars of the future, a prominent military expert told an audience of luminaries Wednesday.

"We are at a point of revolution in war, like the invention of the atomic bomb," writer and Brookings Institution fellow Peter W. Singer said during his address at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference meeting this week in Long Beach, Calif., according to Agence France-Presse.

Drawing on material from his just-published book "Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century," Singer said the rapid development of military robots, already used as drones and bomb defusers, might mean that U.S. combat units would be half human, half machine by 2015.

Unfortunately, he added, we wouldn't have much of a head start.

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