Robots and War

by Brad Yost on September 27, 2010

Robots have long been a staple in the realm of science fiction, but advances in robotics in recent years have swept away the fiction and led to the very real use of robots, particularly on the battlefield and in the airspace over global hotspots. In advance of his appearance at the IdeaFestival, author P.W. Singer joins us to talk about his book Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century.

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Charles A. Bowsher September 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm

One important point about drones, a friend of mine researched and designed a project using drones for one of the large ag companies. In his research he found that “drone pilots” have to have FFA credentials here in the US. This is necessary because of the complexity of our air system. This is a necessary precaution because of the havoc they could wreak if they were employed unchecked.

Jon B. September 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm

When war can be waged without consequence, governments will do so. And they will do so with less and less deliberation until it becomes the default response. And as opposing factions today wage wars of words, tomorrow may see that war escalate into physical conflict. We’ve seen it clearly in our own country. This “for me or against me” attitude that has become pervasive over the last decade or so; if left unchecked has the potential marginalize the moderate middle in favor of the radical elements of the left and right. Two things destroy republics; factionalism and totalitarianism; the former spawning the latter. If we are to survive, the middle must assert itself. For only in the middle can any truly effective governing take place.

Justin September 30, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I know this does not relate to todays show but i was wanting my mother-in-law to listen to audio for the show on headaches because she suffers from terrible headaches, but the audio is not available.Could you please check into making this show available.

Brad Yost October 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm

@Justin – the headache show can be listened to from here:

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