Archive for Warfare

Privatizing and ‘Democratizating’ Robot Proxy Wars


You know this can’t be good, no matter how it’s spun…

The development of deadly hardware and software is leading to a democratization of war tech, which could soon mean that every army — private or national — has battalions of automated soliders at their command. […]

First comes the high-tech arms race with China, Israel and all the other nations competing to build their own drones. Then comes the low-cost trickledown into low-tech wars like Libya’s, where tomorrow’s rag-tag militias fight with DIY drones. Finally, if robots are simply computers with wings (and missiles), then expect to see future wars fought by the descendants of flash-trading algorithms, with humans as anxious bystanders.

Hmmm, why do I think humans as bystanders means humans as victims?

Read the rest at FastCompany.