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- Editor: Penguin; Edición: Reprint (27 de enero de 2011)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0143116843
- ISBN-13: 978-0143116844
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aP. W. Singer has fashioned a definitive text on the future of war around the subject of robots. In no previous book have I gotten such an intrinsic sense of what the military future will be like.aa Robert D. Kaplan, author of "Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground" aSinger's book is as important (very) as it is readable (highly), as much a fascinating account of new technology as it is a challenging appraisal of the strategic, political and ethical questions that we must now face. This book needs to be widely read -- not just within the defense community but by anyone interested in the most fundamental questions of how our society and others will look at war itself.aaAnthony Lake, former U.S. National Security Advisor and Professor of Diplomacy, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University aDrawing from sources spanning popular culture and hard science, Singer reveals how the relationship between man and robot is changing the very nature of war. He details technology that has, until now, been the stuff of science fiction: lethal machines that can walk on water or hover outside windows, machines joined in networks or thinking for themselves. I found this book fascinating, deep, entertaining, and frightening.aa Howard Gordon, writer and executive producer of "24, The X-Files," and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" "Lively, penetrating, and wise ... A warmly human (even humorous) account of robotics and other military technologies that focuses where it should: on us."aRichard Danzig, former Secretary of the Navy and Director, National Semiconductor Corporation aWill wars someday be fought by Terminator-like machines? In this provocative andentertaining new book, one of our brightest young strategic thinkers suggests the answer may well be ayes.a Singeras sprightly survey of robotics technology takes the reader from battlefields and cutting-edge research labs to the dreams of science fiction writers. In the process, he forces us to grapple with the strategic and ethical implications of the anew new thinga in war.aaMax Boot, Senior Fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations; author of "The Savage Wars of Peace" and "War Made New" aWeaving together immaculate academic research with a fan boyas lexicon of popular culture, Singer looks at the people and technologies beta-testing tomorrow's wars today. The result is a book both hilarious and hair-raising that poses profound ethical questions about the creation and use of ever more powerful killing machines.aaGideon Yago, writer, "MTV News" aBlew my f***ing minda]This book is awesome.a aJohn Stewart, "The Daily Show "A superb booka]If you read Wired for War you'll actually get a sense for the complexities that we are creating. We're not making a simpler world with these robots I don't think at all, I think we're making a more complex world, and that is something I got from this great book. aGeneral James Mattis, USMC, NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation and the Commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command "In his latest work, "Wired for War," Singer confesses his passion for science fiction as he introduces us to a glimpse of things to comeathe new technologies that will shape wars of the future. His new book addresses some ominous and little-discussed questions about the military, technology, andmachinery." a "Harperas" .,."A vivid picture of the current controversies and dazzling possibilities of war in the digital age." a"Kirkus Reviews" aGenuinely Provocativea a "Book Forum" "a]Full of vignettes on the use of robotics, first-person interviews with end- users, what has occurred in the robotics industry in its support of the nation, and what is "coming soon." Some of the new ideas are just downright mind-blowing..." aThe Armchair General "An admitted war geek, P.W. Singer obsessesaover the course of 400-plus pagesa about the growing role of robots in combat. His tone is oddly jovial considering the unsettling subject matter, but you won't find a more comprehensive look at mechanized death outside science fiction." a"Details Magazine" "If you want the whole story of remote warfare, pick up a copy of Wired for War, in which Peter Singer, a fellow of the non-profit Brookings Institution in Washington DC, exhaustively documents the Pentagon's penchant for robotics. Think of it as the next step in the mechanisation of war: swords and arrows, guns, artillery, rockets, bombers, robots." a "The New Scientist" aP.W. Singer has fashioned a definitive text on the future of war around the subject of robots. In no previous book have I gotten such an intrinsic sense of what the military future will be.a a Robert Kaplan, author of "Imperial Grunts" a"Wired for War" is a wild ride. Drawing from sources spanning popular culture and hard science, Singer reveals how the relationship between man and robot is changing the nature of warfare. He details technology that has, until now, been the stuff of science fiction: lethal machines that can walk on water or hover outside windows, machines joined in networks or thinking for themselves. Singeras appreciation for the human minds behind these machines is real, but so is his warning that the implications of this revolution are poorly understood.a a Howard Gordon, writer and executive producer of "24, The X-Files," and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" aSinger's book is as important (very) as it is readable (highly), as much a fascinating account of new technology as it is a challenging appraisal of the strategic, political and ethical questions that we must now face. This book needs to be widely read --not just within the defense community but by anyone interested in the most fundamental questions of how our and other societies will look at war itself.a a Anthony Lake, 18th U.S. National Security Advisor aWill wars someday be fought by Terminator-like machines? In this provocative and entertaining new book, one of our brightest young strategic thinkers suggests the answer may well be ayes.a Singeras sprightly survey of robotics technology takes the reader from battlefields and cutting-edge research labs to the dreams of science fictionwriters. In the process, he forces us to grapple with the strategic and ethical implications of the anew new thinga in war.a a Max Boot, author of "The Savage Wars of Peace" and "War Made New," aLively, penetrating, and wise ... A warmly human (even humorous) account of robotics and other military technologies that focuses where it should: on us.a Richard Danzig, 71st Secretary of the Navy aWeaving together immaculate academic research with a fan boy's lexicon of popular culture, "Wired for War" looks at the people and technologies beta-testing tomorrow's wars today. The result is a book both hilarious and hair-raising that poses profound ethical questions about the creation and use of ever more powerful killing machines.a aGideon Yago, writer, "MTV News" aItas not science fiction, itas not fantasy, itas here now. Read "Wired For War,"a Robert Young Pelton, author of "The Worldas Most Dangerous Places"
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In Wired for War, P. W. Singer explores the greatest revolution in military affairs since the atom bomb: the dawn of robotic warfare. We are on the cusp of a massive shift in military technology that threatens to make real the stuff of I, Robot and The Terminator. Blending historical evidence with interviews of an amazing cast of characters, Singer shows how technology is changing not just how wars are fought, but also the politics, economics, laws, and the ethics that surround war itself. Travelling from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to modern-day "skunk works" in the midst of suburbia, Wired for War will tantalise a wide readership, from military buffs to policy wonks to gearheads.Ver Descripción del producto
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They have moved from rejection, to wholesale acceptance of devices such as the Predator (an ariel robot using remote control and GPS). It's cheaper than a jet fighter, can stay in the air longer, is more accurate, can operate at lower altitude and doesn't risk a pilot's life. It's now official policy, wherever possible, to switch to robotic fighting machines on land, sea and air.
He explores this fast changing situation and considers the issue of robot autonomy (robots collecting information and making their own decisions) concluding that humans are being increasingly "pushed out of the loop" for simple operational reasons. Basically they aren't fast enough and get in the way.
He reflects on the Singularity, and the widespread expectation of this event in the robotics community, and at the way that no one seems to care. They are very much focused on building better and more capable machines.
Overall a very interesting book.
This book covers a vast amount of topics ranging from the history of robotics through to the current robotics industry, the influence of science fiction on robotics to the ethics problems that will rise from the usage of autonomous robots (robots that can shoot based on their own decisions without any human involvement) in war.
I found the book to be highly encompassing and very balanced. Singer offers both sides of the coin regarding the robotics revolution and how it will affect the way we are going to conduct war. More importantly, Singer raises some very important issues, which until now, were largely ignored by the military and leading scholars. First, what are the ethical and moral implications of the growing involvement of robots in warfare? For example, what if an autonomous robot shoots an unarmed civilian? Or, what if, during an exhibition (as has already happened), the robot malfunctions and starts randomly shooting and killing innocent people? Who should bear the responsibility? Another question to ask is, what is the likelihood that politicians would be more willing to start wars now that they're not risking human soldiers lives?
Secondly, is an even more interesting observation that Singer makes regarding the lack of doctrine of how to properly use these robots in war. Singer draws an interesting comparison between the U.S. army and the British army during WW2 that, like the U.S. army, was lacking a satisfying doctrine of tank warfare. Thus, even though they had tanks before the Nazis did, they weren't able to translate it to a military advantage. In contrast, the Nazis did have a highly successful tank warfare doctrine that led them to very impressive victories. Singer concludes that if the U.S. army won't develop the correct doctrine for the usage of robotics in warfare, all of this technological advantage won't be any good.
In conclusion, this book is very thorough, but still highly readable. For those of you who are interested in military history, robots, or are just interested in what the future might look like I can't recommend this book enough.
With Mr. Donald Rumsfeld as the new secretary of defense under President Bush, and as a part of the organizational shakeup he initiated, a new Office of Force Transformation was created and Mr. Cebrowski was designated as the director. With Network-Centric Warfare, "speed and agility and precision can take the place of mass," Mr. Rumsfeld touted. Early successes seemed to have bolstered the ideology behind this new type of warfare in Afghanistan and Iraq, until insurgents begged to differ. Mr. Milan Vego, a U.S. Naval War College professor assessed the U.S. military effort in Iraq as follows: "There is probably no conflict in which U.S. forces have fought in such ignorance of the enemy's purpose, strength, and leadership."
According to Mr. Singer, Mr. Cebrowski and his supporters of network-centric crusaders were correct in their assessment of big changes in the conduct of warfare, but "they were wrong on everything else." The network-centric idea is an enabler, not an RMA. Mr. Singer believes top thinkers and leaders in American security policy are oblivious to the true RMA on the horizon: Robotics and other unmanned technologies. "Today's major codes of international law in war, the Geneva Conventions, are so old that they almost qualify for Medicare." No other major international war policy organization such as the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) has addressed the rules surrounding the use of warbots either, perhaps because the most advanced robot today "has a hard time even distinguishing an apple from a tomato" (p. 402 of hardcopy). Nevertheless, the use of unmanned technologies such as drones and robots armed with weapons has become pervasive in the U.S. military, particularly in Iraq. As advances in technology continue to enhance their use, they will dominate every aspect of war, and the military culture will experience a profound transformation on numerous levels as a result.
In a comprehensive and well researched book, Mr. Singer, a noted visionary in military matters, discusses the forces that drive advancements in military technology and the implications of their widespread use. Mr. John Pike of the Global Security organization put it succinctly when he said, "First, you had human beings without machines. Then, you had human beings with machines. And finally, you have machines without human beings."
"Wired for War" should have been more focused with fewer topics covered. This book reminds me of Kevin Kelly's Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, & the Economic World; another excellent futuristic book with rich content but without sufficient editing. If you're interested in how the wars of the future are fought, Mr. Singer's "Wired for War" will explain it to you in a marathon session. You need some endurance to get through it (or comprehension enhancing vitamins).