Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wired for War
A new book by P.W. Singer looks in depth at the development of a robotic army. "Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century" was published by Penguin this week. Singer is a Senior Fellow and Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution. He also served as coordinator of the Obama campaign's defense policy task force. On January 22nd Singer was interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air." He acknowledges that while lip service is given to keeping human decision makers in the loop, everyone recognizes that there are pressures towards increasing autonomy for battlefield robots.