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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

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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.

aP. W. Singer has fashioned a definitive text on the future of war around the subject of robots. In no previous book have I gotten such an intrinsic sense of what the military future will be like.aa Robert D. Kaplan, author of "Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground" aSinger's book is as important (very) as it is readable (highly), as much a fascinating account of new technology as it is a challenging appraisal of the strategic, political and ethical questions that we must now face. This book needs to be widely read -- not just within the defense community but by anyone interested in the most fundamental questions of how our society and others will look at war itself.aaAnthony Lake, former U.S. National Security Advisor and Professor of Diplomacy, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University aDrawing from sources spanning popular culture and hard science, Singer reveals how the relationship between man and robot is changing the very nature of war. He details technology that has, until now, been the stuff of science fiction: lethal machines that can walk on water or hover outside windows, machines joined in networks or thinking for themselves. I found this book fascinating, deep, entertaining, and frightening.aa Howard Gordon, writer and executive producer of "24, The X-Files," and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" "Lively, penetrating, and wise ... A warmly human (even humorous) account of robotics and other military technologies that focuses where it should: on us."aRichard Danzig, former Secretary of the Navy and Director, National Semiconductor Corporation aWill wars someday be fought by Terminator-like machines? In this provocative andentertaining new book, one of our brightest young strategic thinkers suggests the answer may well be ayes.a Singeras sprightly survey of robotics technology takes the reader from battlefields and cutting-edge research labs to the dreams of science fiction writers. In the process, he forces us to grapple with the strategic and ethical implications of the anew new thinga in war.aaMax Boot, Senior Fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations; author of "The Savage Wars of Peace" and "War Made New" aWeaving together immaculate academic research with a fan boyas lexicon of popular culture, Singer looks at the people and technologies beta-testing tomorrow's wars today. The result is a book both hilarious and hair-raising that poses profound ethical questions about the creation and use of ever more powerful killing machines.aaGideon Yago, writer, "MTV News" aBlew my f***ing minda]This book is awesome.a aJohn Stewart, "The Daily Show "A superb booka]If you read Wired for War you'll actually get a sense for the complexities that we are creating. We're not making a simpler world with these robots I don't think at all, I think we're making a more complex world, and that is something I got from this great book. aGeneral James Mattis, USMC, NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation and the Commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command "In his latest work, "Wired for War," Singer confesses his passion for science fiction as he introduces us to a glimpse of things to comeathe new technologies that will shape wars of the future. His new book addresses some ominous and little-discussed questions about the military, technology, andmachinery." a "Harperas" .,."A vivid picture of the current controversies and dazzling possibilities of war in the digital age." a"Kirkus Reviews" aGenuinely Provocativea a "Book Forum" "a]Full of vignettes on the use of robotics, first-person interviews with end- users, what has occurred in the robotics industry in its support of the nation, and what is "coming soon." Some of the new ideas are just downright mind-blowing..." aThe Armchair General "An admitted war geek, P.W. Singer obsessesaover the course of 400-plus pagesa about the growing role of robots in combat. His tone is oddly jovial considering the unsettling subject matter, but you won't find a more comprehensive look at mechanized death outside science fiction." a"Details Magazine" "If you want the whole story of remote warfare, pick up a copy of Wired for War, in which Peter Singer, a fellow of the non-profit Brookings Institution in Washington DC, exhaustively documents the Pentagon's penchant for robotics. Think of it as the next step in the mechanisation of war: swords and arrows, guns, artillery, rockets, bombers, robots." a "The New Scientist" aP.W. Singer has fashioned a definitive text on the future of war around the subject of robots. In no previous book have I gotten such an intrinsic sense of what the military future will be.a a Robert Kaplan, author of "Imperial Grunts" a"Wired for War" is a wild ride. Drawing from sources spanning popular culture and hard science, Singer reveals how the relationship between man and robot is changing the nature of warfare. He details technology that has, until now, been the stuff of science fiction: lethal machines that can walk on water or hover outside windows, machines joined in networks or thinking for themselves. Singeras appreciation for the human minds behind these machines is real, but so is his warning that the implications of this revolution are poorly understood.a a Howard Gordon, writer and executive producer of "24, The X-Files," and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" aSinger's book is as important (very) as it is readable (highly), as much a fascinating account of new technology as it is a challenging appraisal of the strategic, political and ethical questions that we must now face. This book needs to be widely read --not just within the defense community but by anyone interested in the most fundamental questions of how our and other societies will look at war itself.a a Anthony Lake, 18th U.S. National Security Advisor aWill wars someday be fought by Terminator-like machines? In this provocative and entertaining new book, one of our brightest young strategic thinkers suggests the answer may well be ayes.a Singeras sprightly survey of robotics technology takes the reader from battlefields and cutting-edge research labs to the dreams of science fictionwriters. In the process, he forces us to grapple with the strategic and ethical implications of the anew new thinga in war.a a Max Boot, author of "The Savage Wars of Peace" and "War Made New," aLively, penetrating, and wise ... A warmly human (even humorous) account of robotics and other military technologies that focuses where it should: on us.a Richard Danzig, 71st Secretary of the Navy aWeaving together immaculate academic research with a fan boy's lexicon of popular culture, "Wired for War" looks at the people and technologies beta-testing tomorrow's wars today. The result is a book both hilarious and hair-raising that poses profound ethical questions about the creation and use of ever more powerful killing machines.a aGideon Yago, writer, "MTV News" aItas not science fiction, itas not fantasy, itas here now. Read "Wired For War,"a Robert Young Pelton, author of "The Worldas Most Dangerous Places"

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): 22.9 x 15.9  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.51