Sunday, February 7, 2010

Robotic Warfare

This BBC article on robotic warfare misses one interesting point. If we can go to war without endangering our own soldiers, there is one less incentive for avoiding war. At least once a month, Canada loses a soldier in Afghanistan. Without that human face, the war would likely go unnoticed by almost all Canadians and the politicians would not be under pressure to withdraw our troops. If the military brass get their robot soldiers, we would actually have more wars than ever before, assuming the machines can be mass produced cheaply, which is likely the only sticking point for having full robotic armies.

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