Wired for War The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century

ISBN-10: 0143116843

ISBN-13: 9780143116844

Edition: 2010

Authors: P. W. Singer

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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, Robotand 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.
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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/29/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Peter Warren Singer graduated with a BA from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and earned his Ph.D. in Government at Harvard University. Previous career experiences include working for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, the Balkans Task Force in the U.S. Department of Defense, and the International Peace Academy. He also served as the Defense Policy Task Force coordinator for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Singer is the Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution and was the youngest scholar named a Senior Fellow by the Institution. He has written the following books about contemporary warfare: Corporate Warriors, Children at War, and Wired for War. Corporate Warriors, about private companies providing services to the military, was named best book of the year by the American Political Science Association. Children at War, which examines the role of child soldiers, was recognized as the 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book of the Year Award. Wired for War became a New York Times bestseller in the first week of its release and focuses on current technologies being used in warfare, including robotics. Singer is a frequent consultant and commentator and has written numerous articles for major publications including the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and World Policy Journal, as well as spoken on the radio and appeared on television.

Author's Note: Why a Book on Robots and War?
The Change We Are Creating
Introduction: Scenes from a Robot War
Smart Bombs, Norma Jeane, and Defecating Ducks: A Short History of Robotics
Robotics for Dummies
To Infinity and Beyond: The Power of Exponential Trends
Coming Soon to a Battlefield Near You: The Next Wave of Warbots
Always in the Loop? The Arming and Autonomy of Robots
Robotic Gods: Our Machine Creators
What Inspires Them: Science Fiction's Impact on Science Reality
The Refuseniks: The Roboticists Who Just Say No
What Change Is Creating for Us
The Big Cebrowski and the Real RMA: Thinking About Revolutionary Technologies
"Advanced" Warfare: How We Might Fight with Robots
Robots That Don't Like Apple Pi: How the U.S. Could Lose the Unmanned Revolution
Open-Source Warfare: College Kids, Terrorists, and Other New Users of Robots at War
Losers and Luddites: The Changing Battlefields Robots Will Fight On and the New Electronic Sparks of War
The Psychology of Warbots
YouTube War: The Public and Its Unmanned Wars
Changing the Experience of War and the Warrior
Command and Control...Alt-Delete: New Technologies and Their Effect on Leadership
Who Let You in the War? Technology and the New Demographics of Conflict
Digitizing the Laws of War and Other Issues of (Un) Human Rights
A Robot Revolt? Talking About Robot Ethics
Conclusion: The Duality of Robots and Humans
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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