Thursday, June 4, 2009

Robots At War: The New Battlefield

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MQ-9 Reaper. Image from 3D Allusions

From The Wilson Quarterly:

It sounds like science fic­tion, but it is fact: On the battlefields of Iraq and Afghan­istan, robots are killing America’s ene­mies and sav­ing Ameri­can lives. But today’s Pack­Bots, Preda­tors, and Ravens are rela­tively prim­itive machines. The coming generation of “war-bots” will be im­mensely more sophisti­cated, and their devel­op­ment raises troubling new questions about how and when we wage ­war.

There was little to warn of the danger ahead. The Iraqi insurgent had laid his ambush with great cunning. Hidden along the side of the road, the bomb looked like any other piece of trash. American soldiers call these ­jury-­rigged bombs IEDs, official shorthand for improvised explosive devices.

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My Comment: A long article that examines the past, present, and future role of robots in war. This is a must read article, and one that should be bookmarked for rereading in the future.

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