But he also identifies trends--the exponential increase in robots/drones/etc. in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In my book, I mention how one robotics firm was asked a few years ago by the military whether it could design a robot that looked like the "Hunter-Killer robot of Terminator."So, the military is watching these movies and thinking about the practical applications. Quickly, the US put missiles upon platforms, such as the Predator, that were designed at first just for surveillance.
These developments raise all kinds of questions, including:
- how do the defense bureaucracies fight against unmanned weapons systems and preserve their traditional missions?
- will these machines make war more likely as politicians will be less constrained by casualty aversion?
- will Star Trek's imagination eventually be realized so that war becomes virtual?
- will James Cameron get a cut from the defense contractors who make the war robots?
- will I,Robot be re-made soon, and, if so, by robots?