Wired for War author to speak on the issues of battle-ready robots

The Department of Defense’s Armed with Science blog will be streaming a live talk from the Office of Naval Research with Dr. P.W. Singer, author of Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century, on Tuesday, March 8 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EST. If you’re a robot fangirl or fanboy but you’re not familiar with Dr. Singer’s work, give yourself a treat—check out Wired for War (published 2009), a comprehensive, scholarly, superbly fascinating book about the use of robots in the military. It offers a sobering look at a future in which wars are waged with staggering numbers of unmanned machines and the ethics surrounding this complex issue.

As you read Wired for War, I guarantee you will turn the pages with widened eyes. I was astounded at the prevalence of sophisticated robots in U.S missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and at the types of R&D currently being conducted at corporate labs. It’s the stuff of science fiction we’ve seen and enjoyed for years, but this is science reality, folks.

Dr. Singer’s research for Wired for War is meticulous and remarkable, and his accounts and speculations are thought-provoking, and often frightening. He presents all of it with entertaining nerdy-cool reportage and wit. Of course he talks about Asimov. Of course he discusses Star Wars, Star Trek, and Terminator. Did I mention already that it was entertaining nerdy-cool?

Dr. Singer is currently a Senior Fellow and Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution. Read more about his book at http://wiredforwar.pwsinger.com/.

In addition, here are some interesting interviews:
NPR, ‘Wired For War’ Explores Robots On The Battlefield
io9.com, P. W. Singer Welcomes Our Robot Overlords in Episode 3 of The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy
Appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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