June 23, 2009

Wired for war

A Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Singer's previous books predicted the development of private military companies and the increase of child soldiers around the world. In this book, he describes the increasing use of robotic weapons on the battlefield, including those in use today in Iraq and Afghanistan. While these tools have the benefit of taking the place of soldiers in warzones and reducing the number of casualties, the similarity between war and video games makes it much easier to start a war and shifts the ethical boundaries involved in taking lives. While there is a certain science fiction quality to Singer's writing, he points out that technology only serves to complicate war, making it more difficult and expensive to fight, but also increasing the likelihood that as other countries develop robotic technologies also, they will bring war to the United States. This book is a fascinating look at today as well as a frightening prediction of what the future may bring.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century
P. W. Singer
UG 450 .S45 2009