Check out David Axe’s video series on military robots at GOOD magazine. It’s a good overview for anyone interested in unmanned systems, autonomous and tele-operated. Note: would have liked if he mentioned other “robot” systems (by his implicit definition) such as Patriot to AEGIS that had notable accidental kills: an allied pilot and a civilian airliner, respectively.
- See also my Unintended Consequences on issues David doesn’t delve into.
- See also Peter’s forthcoming Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century
- Also, check out a video of a robotic policeman (previously linked to here)
Think the U.S. is the only country with robots? Lots of other countries are deploying unmanned systems, like Pakistan. From Danger Room:
“Al-Qaida and Taliban fighters use not just mobile and satellite phones for communication, but also sophisticated military radios,” Defense News notes. So companies like East West Infiniti are building SIGINT [signals intelligence] for small drones and robotic blimps, to capture those conversations.
- Site note: Whenever I post on robots, hits from China, Singapore, Korea, Pakistan, and Indonesia spike.