MWT – What If? Robots

Peter Warren Singer: is an American political scientist, international relations scholar and a preeminent specialist on 21st century warfare. He is currently Strategist and Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation. He has been named by the Smithsonian Institution-National Portrait Gallery as one of the 100 “leading innovators in the nation,” by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues, by Onalytica social media data analysis as one of the ten most influential voices in the world on cybersecurity, and by Foreign Policy as one of their Top 100 Global Thinkers List.

Singer is the author of multiple award-winning books. His book, Wired for War, examines how the US military has been, in the words of a recent US Navy recruiting ad, “working hard to get soldiers off the front lines” and replacing humans with machines for bombing, flying and spying. His research and analysis offer an eye-opening take on what the 21st century holds for war and foreign policy.

Is our generation going to make the same mistake that a past generation did with atomic weaponry, and not deal with the issues that surround it until Pandora’s box is already opened up?
-PW Singer

Daniel Suarez: is a novelist who spins dystopian tales of the future. But on the TEDGlobal stage, he talks us through a real-life scenario we all need to know more about: the rise of autonomous robotic weapons of war. Advanced drones, automated weapons and AI-powered intelligence-gathering tools, he suggests, could take the decision to make war out of the hands of humans.

Links,Thoughts, & Questions for Discussion
• The autonomous Phalanx anti-missile gun
Samsung sentry robot currently in the DMZ
• Robots will be better at war than humans – but will they be more effective?
Drone Papers suggest 9 out of 10 people killed by drone strikes weren’t the target.
• Wouldn’t we rather let robots fight each other?
• Where would the battlefields be?
• Would robots be more ethical than humans, following precise rules?
• Open letter requesting a ban on offensive autonomous weapons.
• Would a weapons ban really work?
1997 Ottawa Treaty on anti-personnel mines – 40 million destroyed
• How would autonomous weapons affect democracy?
• How can we still make use of robotic technology without it being weaponized?

Additional Info & Related Talks
TEDx Berlin 2015: Toby Walsh – HOW CAN YOU STOP KILLER ROBOTS
• TED Playlist: Will drones save us or destroy us?
Cybersecurity and Cyberwar What Everyone Needs to Know® – PW Singer
Ghost Fleet A Novel of the Next World War – PW Singer

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