Gerry Canavan

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‘Given That More Than Forty Countries around the World Are Now Experimenting with Military Robots of Their Own, the United States cannot rest on the Assumption That It Will Retain a Monopoly over This Technology Forever’

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…the US military does little to discourage the notion that this peculiar brand of long-distance warfare has a great deal in common with the video-gaming culture in which many young UAV operators have grown up. As one military robotics researcher tells Peter Singer, the author of Wired for War, “We modeled the controller after the PlayStation because that’s what these eighteen-, nineteen-year-old Marines have been playing with pretty much all of their lives.” And by now, of course, we also have video games that incorporate drones: technology imitating life that imitates technology.

All about drones, in the New York Review of Books.

Written by gerrycanavan

September 30, 2011 at 12:46 pm

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  1. Indeed, we saw this played out with astonishing prescience in the opening minutes of Iron Man 2. Tony Stark can’t keep us safe forever!


    September 30, 2011 at 3:16 pm

  2. I’m not sure it’s that worried about a monopoly over UAVs. They’re not the game changer that atom bombs were. In any case, their main purpose – keeping public morale going because fewer soldiers are dying – turns out to have backfired when the dominant narrative became, “CIA using drones to assassinate al-Qaida officials.”


    September 30, 2011 at 3:28 pm

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