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

Wired for War

The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century


Published: 26th December 2009
For Ages: 18+ years old
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"riveting and comprehensive, encompassing every aspect of the rise of military robotics." —Financial Times

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. 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. Traveling from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to modern-day "skunk works" in the midst of suburbia, Wired for War will tantalize a wide readership, from military buffs to policy wonks to gearheads.

About the Author

P.W. Singer, director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution, has worked in the Pentagon and consulted for the departments of Defense and State, the CIA, and Congress. He is the author of two previous books, Corporate Warriors and Children at War.

Author's Note: Why a Book on Robots and War?p. 1
The Change We Are Creating
Introduction: Scenes from a Robot Warp. 19
Smart Bombs, Norma Jeane, and Defecating Ducks: A Short History of Roboticsp. 42
Robotics for Dummiesp. 66
To Infinity and Beyond: The Power of Exponential Trendsp. 94
Coming Soon to a Battlefield Near You: The Next Wave of Warbotsp. 109
Always in the Loop? The Arming and Autonomy of Robotsp. 123
Robotic Gods: Our Machine Creatorsp. 135
What Inspires Them: Science Fiction's Impact on Science Realityp. 150
The Refuseniks: The Roboticists Who Just Say Nop. 170
What Change Is Creating for Us
The Big Cebrowski and the Real RMA: Thinking About Revolutionary Technologiesp. 179
"Advanced" Warfare: How We Might Fight with Robotsp. 205
Robots That Don't Like Apple Pi: How the U.S. Could Lose the Unmanned Revolutionp. 237
Open-Source Warfare: College Kids, Terrorists, and Other New Users of Robots at Warp. 261
Losers and Luddites: The Changing Battlefields Robots Will Fight On and the New Electronic Sparks of Warp. 279
The Psychology of Warbotsp. 297
YouTube War: The Public and Its Unmanned Warsp. 315
Changing the Experience of War and the Warriorp. 326
Command and Control...Alt-Delete: New Technologies and Their Effect on Leadershipp. 344
Who Let You in the War? Technology and the New Demographics of Conflictp. 360
Digitizing the Laws of War and Other Issues of (Un) Human Rightsp. 382
A Robot Revolt? Talking About Robot Ethicsp. 413
Conclusion: The Duality of Robots and Humansp. 428
Acknowledgmentsp. 437
Notesp. 439
Indexp. 483
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ISBN: 9780143116844
ISBN-10: 0143116843
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 26th December 2009
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.4  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.52