Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 22, 2009 - Technology & Engineering - 512 pages
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"riveting and comprehensive, encompassing every aspect of the rise of military robotics." --Financial Times

In Wired for War, P. W. Singer explores the greatest revolution in military affairs since the atom bomb: the dawn of robotic warfare. We are on the cusp of a massive shift in military technology that threatens to make real the stuff of I, Robot and The Terminator. Blending historical evidence with interviews of an amazing cast of characters, Singer shows how technology is changing not just how wars are fought, but also the politics, economics, laws, and the ethics that surround war itself. Traveling from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to modern-day "skunk works" in the midst of suburbia, Wired for War will tantalize a wide readership, from military buffs to policy wonks to gearheads.




  

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Review: Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

Owing to the rapid progress in the robotics field, this book is surely already out-of-date four years after its publication. I didn't have any knowledge of military robotics beforehand, but I have to ... Read full review

Review: Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century

User Review  - Charles - Goodreads

"Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century" by PW Singer provides an amazing look at how technology is changing the way we wage war. Published in 2009, it still seems as ... Read full review

Contents

MONEYBALL AND THE CULTURE WARS
THE DEFENSEINDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
FIGHT THE FUTURE
HYBRID WAR
NO STATE? NO SHOES? NO PROBLEM
OSAMA BOT LADEN? TERRORISTS AND TECHNOLOGY
THE PERILS OF A BAD HAIR DAY
TECHNOLOGY FIGHTS BACK

THE KILLER APP
THE WAR BEYOND BOSTON
THE NEW WARRIOR AT HOME
THE REST OF THE STORY
THE QUEST FOR ARTIFICIAL LIFE
ROBOTS GO TO WAR
A COLD WAR AND A COLD MARKET
A SLOW START
THE RISE OF SMART BOMBS
FIRE IT INTO THE HEAVENS
THE ROBOT IS OUR ANSWER TO THE SUICIDE BOMBER
YOU ARE THE WEAKEST LINK
THE FUTURE IS SO BRIGHT
WHAT IS A ROBOT?
ALL JACKED UP
WHEN A ROBOT DECLARES INDEPENDENCE
INTELLIGENCE IS INTELLIGENCE
Al GETS STRONG
SENSORS AND SENSIBILITY
TAKING EFFECT
CANT FIGHT THE POWER
ROBOTS TAKE FORM
THE HIGHEST FORM OF ARROGANCE
STEALING FROM NATURE
BREAKING THE MOLD
EXPONENTIAL POWER
AN EXPONENTIAL WORLD
THE SINGULARITY IS NEAR
A SINGULAR SENSATION
QUESTIONING THE RAPTURE
THE MILITARY AND THE SINGULARITY
THE COMING WARBOTS BY LAND
WET AND WILD ROBOT STYLE
TOP UNMANNED GUNS
ASTROBOTS GO TO WAR
REDEFINING THE LOOP
WHY AUTONOMY?
RETIRING GI JOE?
WARFIGHTERS ASSOCIATES
THERE IS NO EUREKA
GOVERNMENT IT ROCKS DO YOU?
PIMPING AIN T EASY
MAKING KEVLAR UNDERWEAR
CUSTOMER FEEDBACK
WHAT IS SCIENCE FICTION?
SCIENCE FICTION AND WAR
SCIFI PREDICTIONS
TURNING DREAMS INTO REALITY
DIRECT INSPIRATION OR HOW WILLIAM SHATNER CHANGED THE WORLD
FUNDING SCIFI
THE LENS OF THE LOOKING GLASS
THE FEEDBACK LOOP
DESIGNERS REGRET?
A SUDDEN TEMPEST WHICH TURNS EVERYTHING UPSIDE DOWN
ITS ALL ABOUT THE NETWORK BABY
GULPING DOWN THE KOOLAID
FACT AND FRICTION
IGNORING THE REAL REVOLUTION
WOEBOT WHOA BOT
OOPS MOMENTS
DEEPFRIED ROBOTS
UNMANNED CONFUSION
THE COMING REVOLUTION
YOU BETTER GET IT RIGHT
DOCTRINE SCHMOCTRINE
INSURGENCY
A WIRELESS REVOLUTION TO FACE THE FACELESS INSURGENCY
THE WA R BEHIND THE WAR
A N ASYMMETRIC SOLUTION TO AN ASYMMETRIC PROBLEM
THE MOTHERSHIP HAS LANDED
SWARMING THE FUTURE
MOM AGAINST THE BEES
NEWTONS LAW OF WAR
A STRATEGIC TOUR OF ROBOTS
NO COUNTRY LEFT BEHIND?
IT BECAME NECESSARY TO DESTROY THE VILLAGE IN ORDER TO SAVE IT
WARRIORS RISING
POVERTY SUCKS
FEEDING THE BEAST
THE HOT ZONE
AMERICAN TERMINATORS VS DRUGDEALING SERIALKILLER GUERRILLAS
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINES
NED AND TEDS BIG ADVENTURE
FIRST CONTACT
THE CREEP FACTOR AND THE UNCANNY VALLEY
THE OTHER SIDE
THE EVIL EMPIRE
DO ROBOT SOLDIERS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
THE PASSIVE PUBLIC
CHANGE THE CHANNEL
ROBOT CHICKENHAWKS
WAR NOT WAR
GOING TO WAR?
THE VIRTUAL BAND OF BROTHERS? UNIT COHESION IN A CHAT ROOM
FOR THE LOVE OF A ROBOT
CHANGING THE DEFINITIONS
THE WAR AT HOME
TACTICAL GENERALS
DIGITALLY LEADING
GENERAL 2 0
GENERATION KILL MEETS THE XBOX
MAD SKILLZ
THE OLD MANS WAR
SOLDIERS OF FORTRAN
GENTLEMEN WE CAN REBUILD HIM WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY
ENHANCEMENTS
COMBAT EVOLVED
RESISTANCE IS FUTILE
UNMANNED LEGAL CONFUSION
THE HUMAN RIGHTS ELEMENT
MONDAYMORNING QUARTERBACKING
DEHUMANIZING WAR
UNMANSLAUGHTER
FREE FIRE
ROBOT RIGHTS IN A PC WORLD
THE REVOLUTION IN MILITARY LEGAL AFFAIRS
ROBOTIC DISCUSSIONS
ROBOFEAR
WHEN SHOULD WE SALUTE OUR ROBOT MASTERS?
ROBOT INSURANCE
YOULL HAVE TO PRY THIS ROBOT OUT OF MY COLD DEAD HANDS
PLAN FOR SUCCESS AND FAILURE
ROBOT RULES
ROBOTIC HOPES AND FEARS
FINAGLES LAW
CREATIVITY CONCERNS
WHY A BOOK ON ROBOTS AND WAR?
SCENES FROM A ROBOT WAR
A SHORT HISTORY OF ROBOTICS
3 ROBOTICS FOR DUMMIES
THE POWER OF EXPONENTIAL TRENDS
THE NEXT WAVE OF WARBOTS
6 ALWAYS IN THE LOOP? THE ARMING AND AUTONOMY OF ROBOTS
OUR MACHINE CREATORS
SCIENCE FICTIONS IMPACT ON SCIENCE REALITY
THE ROBOTICISTS WHO JUST SAY NO
THINKING ABOUT REVOLUTIONARY TECHNOLOGIES
HOW WE MIGHT FIGHT WITH ROBOTS
HOW THE US COULD LOSE THE UNMANNED REVOLUTION
COLLEGE KIDS TERRORISTS AND OTHER NEW USERS OF ROBOTS AT WAR
THE CHANGING BATTLEFIELDS ROBOTS WILL FIGHT ON AND THE NEW ELECTRONIC SPARKS OF WAR
15 THE PSYCHOLOGY OF WARBOTS
THE PUBLIC AND ITS UNMANNED WARS
17 CHANGING THE EXPERIENCE OF WAR AND THE WARRIOR
NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND THEIR EFFECT ON LEADERSHIP
19 WHO LET YOU IN THE WAR? TECHNOLOGY AND THE NEW DEMOGRAPHICS OF CONFLICT
20 DIGITIZING THE LAWS OF WAR AND OTHER ISSUES OF UNHUMAN RIGHTS
21 A ROBOT REVOLT? TALKING ABOUT ROBOT ETHICS
THE DUALITY OF ROBOTS AND HUMANS
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About the author (2009)

Peter Warren Singer is Senior Fellow and Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution. He is the youngest scholar named Senior Fellow in Brookings's 90-year history. In 2005, CNN named him to their "New Guard" List of the Next Generation of Newsmakers. In his personal capacity, Singer served as coordinator of the Obama-08 campaign’s defense policy task force.

Dr. Singer is considered one of the world's leading experts on changes in 21st century warfare. He has written for the full range of major media and journals, including the Boston Globe, L.A. Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Current History, Survival, International Security, Parameters, Weltpolitik, and the World Policy Journal. He has been quoted in major U.S. newspaper and news magazine and delivered talks at venues ranging from the U.S. Congress to over 40 universities around the world. He has provided commentary on military affairs for major TV and radio outlets, including ABC-Nightline, Al Jazeera, BBC, CBS-60 Minutes, CNN, FOX, NPR, and the NBC Today Show. He is also a founder and organizer of the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, a global conference that brings together leaders from across the US and the Muslim world (www.us-islamicworldforum.org).

His first book Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry (Cornell University Press, 2003) pioneered the study of the new industry of private companies providing military services for hire, an issue that soon became important with the use and abuse of these companies in Iraq. The book was named best book of the year by the American Political Science Association, among the top five international affairs books of the year by the Gelber Prize, and a “top ten summer read” by Businessweek. Singer continues to serve as a resource on the private military issue to the U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of Defense, CIA, and the European Union and he helped bring to light the role of private contractors in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal and the Halliburton contract controversies in Iraq. Singer’s work was featured in the History Channel documentary “Soldiers for Hire” and he served as a consultant on the topic for the TV drama The West Wing.

Dr. Singer’s next book, Children at War (Pantheon, 2005), explored the rise of another new force in modern warfare, child soldier groups. Dr. Singer’s “fascinating” (New York Post) and “landmark” (Newsweek) work was the first book to comprehensively explore the compelling and tragic rise of child soldier groups and was recognized by the 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book of the Year Award. His commentary on the issue was featured in a variety of venues ranging from NPR and Fox News to Defense News and People magazine. Dr. Singer has served as a consultant on the issue to the U.S. Marine Corps and Congress, and the recommendations in his book resulted in changes in the UN peacekeeping training program. An accompanying A&E/History Channel documentary, "Child Warriors," won a 2008 CINE Golden Eagle Award for excellence in the production of film, television, video and new media. Singer also helped advise the Don Cheadle movie Traitor, as well as the upcoming 24 movie/DVD.

Dr. Singer’s upcoming book, Wired for War (Penguin, 2009), will look at the implications of robotics and other new technologies for war, politics, ethics,and law in the 21st century. The work has already been featured in the video game Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriot, as well as in presentations to audiences as diverse as the Air Force Institute of Technology to the National Student Leadership Conference.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Singer was the founding Director of the Project on U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic World in the Saban Center at Brookings. He has also worked for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, the Balkans Task Force in the U.S. Department of Defense, and the International Peace Academy. Singer received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

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