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

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aP.W. Singer has fashioned a definitive text on the future of war around the subject of robots. In no previous book have I gotten such an intrinsic sense of what the military future will be.a
a Robert Kaplan, author of "Imperial Grunts"
a"Wired for War" is a wild ride. Drawing from sources spanning popular culture and hard science, Singer reveals how the relationship between man and robot is changing the nature of warfare. He details technology that has, until now, been the stuff of science fiction: lethal machines that can walk on water or hover outside windows, machines joined in networks or thinking for themselves. Singeras appreciation for the human minds behind these machines is real, but so is his warning that the implications of this revolution are poorly understood.a
a Howard Gordon, writer and executive producer of "24, The X-Files," and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
aSinger's book is as important (very) as it is readable (highly), as much a fascinating account of new technology as it is a challenging appraisal of the strategic, political and ethical questions that we must now face. This book needs to be widely read --not just within the defense community but by anyone interested in the most fundamental questions of how our and other societies will look at war itself.a
a Anthony Lake, 18th U.S. National Security Advisor
aWill wars someday be fought by Terminator-like machines? In this provocative and entertaining new book, one of our brightest young strategic thinkers suggests the answer may well be ayes.a Singeras sprightly survey of robotics technology takes the reader from battlefields and cutting-edge research labs to the dreams of science fictionwriters. In the process, he forces us to grapple with the strategic and ethical implications of the anew new thinga in war.a
a Max Boot, author of "The Savage Wars of Peace" and "War Made New,"
aLively, penetrating, and wise ... A warmly human (even humorous) account of robotics and other military technologies that focuses where it should: on us.a Richard Danzig, 71st Secretary of the Navy aWeaving together immaculate academic research with a fan boy's lexicon of popular culture, "Wired for War" looks at the people and technologies beta-testing tomorrow's wars today. The result is a book both hilarious and hair-raising that poses profound ethical questions about the creation and use of ever more powerful killing machines.a
aGideon Yago, writer, "MTV News"
aItas not science fiction, itas not fantasy, itas here now. Read "Wired For War,"
a Robert Young Pelton, author of "The Worldas Most Dangerous Places"

aP. W. Singer has fashioned a definitive text on the future of war around the subject of robots. In no previous book have I gotten such an intrinsic sense of what the military future will be like.a
a Robert D. Kaplan, author of "Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground"
aSinger's book is as important (very) as it is readable (highly), as much a fascinating account of new technology as it is a challenging appraisal of the strategic, political and ethical questions that we must now face. This book needs to be widely read -- not just within the defense community but by anyone interested in the most fundamental questions of how our society and others will look at war itself.a
aAnthony Lake, former U.S. National Security Advisor and Professor of Diplomacy, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
aDrawing from sources spanning popular culture and hard science, Singer reveals how the relationship between man and robot is changing the very nature of war. He details technology that has, until now, been the stuff of science fiction: lethal machines that can walk on water or hover outside windows, machines joined in networks or thinking for themselves. I found this book fascinating, deep, entertaining, and frightening.a
a Howard Gordon, writer and executive producer of "24, The X-Files," and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
"Lively, penetrating, and wise ... A warmly human (even humorous) account of robotics and other military technologies that focuses where it should: on us."
aRichard Danzig, former Secretary of the Navy and Director, National Semiconductor Corporation
aWill wars someday be fought by Terminator-like machines? In this provocative andentertaining new book, one of our brightest young strategic thinkers suggests the answer may well be ayes.a Singeras sprightly survey of robotics technology takes the reader from battlefields and cutting-edge research labs to the dreams of science fiction writers. In the process, he forces us to grapple with the strategic and ethical implications of the anew new thinga in war.a
aMax Boot, Senior Fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations; author of "The Savage Wars of Peace" and "War Made New"
aWeaving together immaculate academic research with a fan boyas lexicon of popular culture, Singer looks at the people and technologies beta-testing tomorrow's wars today. The result is a book both hilarious and hair-raising that poses profound ethical questions about the creation and use of ever more powerful killing machines.a
aGideon Yago, writer, "MTV News"
aBlew my f***ing minda]This book is awesome.a
aJohn Stewart, "The Daily Show
"A superb booka]If you read Wired for War you'll actually get a sense for the complexities that we are creating. We're not making a simpler world with these robots I don't think at all, I think we're making a more complex world, and that is something I got from this great book.
aGeneral James Mattis, USMC, NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation and the Commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command
"In his latest work, "Wired for War," Singer confesses his passion for science fiction as he introduces us to a glimpse of things to comeathe new technologies that will shape wars of the future. His new book addresses some ominous and little-discussed questions about the military, technology, andmachinery."
a "Harperas"
.,."A vivid picture of the current controversies and dazzling possibilities of war in the digital age."
a"Kirkus Reviews"
aGenuinely Provocativea
a "Book Forum"
"a]Full of vignettes on the use of robotics, first-person interviews with end- users, what has occurred in the robotics industry in its support of the nation, and what is "coming soon." Some of the new ideas are just downright mind-blowing..."
aThe Armchair General
"An admitted war geek, P.W. Singer obsessesaover the course of 400-plus pagesa about the growing role of robots in combat. His tone is oddly jovial considering the unsettling subject matter, but you won't find a more comprehensive look at mechanized death outside science fiction."
a"Details Magazine"
"If you want the whole story of remote warfare, pick up a copy of Wired for War, in which Peter Singer, a fellow of the non-profit Brookings Institution in Washington DC, exhaustively documents the Pentagon's penchant for robotics. Think of it as the next step in the mechanisation of war: swords and arrows, guns, artillery, rockets, bombers, robots."
a "The New Scientist"







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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1950 KB
  • Print Length: 511 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (9 Jan. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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Format: Hardcover
Having spent my working life mainly on weapons delivery systems I was attracted to this publication, What an eye opener! What a lengthy read - 500 pages. What astonishing facts. The book does much, much more than describe the flash-bang-wallop of aerial drones and terrestial military robots. It examines and describes in great detail the psychological associations and consequences of this astonishing technology; especially as used in recent years in real war scenarios. Some of the detail descriptions make you stop and think. This is Grand Theft Auto 'real life' stuff. Overall a VERY well researched and produced publication which should be compulsory reading for anyone involved with modern military matters, and of great interest to a wider public. I cannot recommend it enough.
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A comprehensive study of the next "Revolution in Military Affairs", the rise of the autonomous fighting robot. Opening with a fascinating history of robots (originally named after the Czech for "serf"), "Wired for War" deals not only with the hardware but also at the strategic, tactical, legal, ethical & moral implications of outsourcing the killing of fellow human beings to emotionless drones & robots. These latter aspects are, for me, the most fascinating as technology rarely (if ever) works in a vacuum but rather impacts on the society using it.

From the effects on present-day US-based killer drone pilots of having to switch from killing insurgents during the day to attending a PTA meeting in the evening to the legal & moral quagmire resulting from ever-greater use of artificial intelligence in warfighting.

The book is written in an easy, journalistic style with plenty of first-person interviews with the key players. One (minor) quibble - the regular cultural references are determinably & obscurely American-centric that will mean nothing to the vast majority of any non-US audience (even the reference to "The Office" refers to the American re-make).

Tat aside, this should be a key text for both policy-makers & military staff colleges as well as the citizens in whose name these systems are being developed and increasingly deployed.
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Singer has shown previously in Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatilized Military Industry that he can do an excellent job of analysing military matters - not perhaps so much from the perspective of tactical warfighting but more from the view of broader trend analysis. 'Wired for War' follows in the same mould, this time looking at issues of unmanned combat systems.

Be it UAVs (armed or unarmed), combat robots, or any other form of military platform without a human directly in control - and directly in the line of fire - he covers them all in terms of their implications, use and likely future trends.

The book tackles moral as well as legal issues - for instance is a drone pilot fair game to be shot on the way back from the store in the US as a combatant or not - the issues of developers including civilian and military funding and their consequences, the adaptation of the opponents (i.e. reuse of US military robots by insurgents in Iraq) and many, many more.

You will see a glimpse of the military of the future but at the same time get so much more. It is an impressive book, with a wealth of primary research having been conducted to create it.

The scope also makes it appealing for more than just people with military interests (whether professional or as a hobby), as it tackles some fundamental issues of our near future. While not short, it is well written and structured and I can highly recommend it as reading material, if you are wondering what a revolution of military affairs might really mean for us.
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I expected more from this book and was disappointed to find it was basically a collection of lecture notes put together in book form with no coherent narrative. The book has little information on the technical capability of the drones or their development.
Also, I would expect a man writing on computers and artificial intelligence to know that Colossus was not used the break the enigma code. (Wikipedia has an good article on what Colossus was actually used for).
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Whether you're interested in war or not, this book will contain relevant insights, as robotics are becoming and more more ubiquitous. It contains a very comprehensive account both of the current state of Robotics, and the place of robots (present and future) in war, although he also spends some time looking at the potential of popular comercial robots (such as the Roomba) too.

The technical aspect of robotics only forms part of this account - the author spends a lot of the book dealing with the potential effects and moral questions surrounding robotics, as robots become more autonomous and intelligent, and the current reactions (or sometimes lack of reaction) to these issues. It's clear we need (as a species) to start thinking about what we want from robots.

Well written, with exhaustive references, and packed with information & insights.
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This book offers a interesting review of the robotic warfare, the 'new' experience of unmanned wars on warriors, and their effect on war commanders. It also examines the next wave of warbots, how we might fight with robots, the psychology of warbots, laws of war, robot revolt and robot ethics.

Technologic implants might be used to enhance our human capabilities in war. DARPA has already initiated a "AugCog" augmented cognition program. It aims to implant the memory chips that robots use inside the human body, which might help our brains to overcome the data overload problem. These 'cyborgs' might be the only way to keep up with warbots and the new robotic technologies. However, resistance is futile. Good Read!
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