Robotics Changing Conflicts, Expert Says; Growth of Cyber Warfare, Drones Raises Questions in Politics and Business, Too

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Robotics Changing Conflicts, Expert Says; Growth of Cyber Warfare, Drones Raises Questions in Politics and Business, Too


Ezell, Wayne, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Wayne Ezell

Drones and other robotics are changing the nature of war, making it easier to initiate attacks and even major conflicts without public opposition, says a leading expert in 21st century warfare.

The growth in robotics and the potential for sophisticated cyber warfare are redefining military power and conflicts, but the importance of humans, especially organizational leadership, will be enhanced, said Peter W. Singer, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

What began as the robots of science fiction now face us as reality and is raising serious questions relating to war, politics, ethics and business, Singer said.

As the use of drones and other robotics moves to the private sector, beyond manufacturing and into policing, journalism and other fields, they will pose new challenges, especially when they get into the wrong hands.

Even our present concept of a drone, such as the slow-moving, propeller driven Predator now used by the military, will change. Think about drones with jet-engine and stealth capability.

"These are like the Model T compared to what is coming," Singer said in an interview.

He will speak to the Jacksonville World Affairs Council Tuesday evening on the topic of his most recent book "Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century." That event is sold out, but more about Singer's views and publications can be found at www.pwsinger.com.

Changing risk calculations by limiting human losses and reducing the news profile alters the dynamics of how conflicts start and are waged, says Singer, who has written articles for many of the world's major newspapers and magazines, and has provided commentary on the military for major TV outlets in the U.S. and abroad.

"Political leaders weigh things differently when boots are on the ground," he said. …

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