Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The future of war - This is very scary stuff

Right now in Afghanistan and Iraq there are over 12,000 unmanned systems. The number of flying drones continues to grow. Six year ago there were none! The technology now exists to make human soldiers and pilots obsolete. So what will the future of war look like?

P.W. Singer is one of the world's leading experts on changes in 21st century warfare. Singer's predictions, in his new book, Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century are unnerving, from the moral implications of creating robots that can "think," to a world where wars, like jobs, can be outsourced to machines. Will the traditional psychological barriers to killing fall away, or will human lives be saved by our high tech gadgets?

My conversation with P.W. Singer: