Drones are 21st Century Superweapons

There's this strange sense in the zeitgeist that robotic warfare is somehow disreputable. If you read the news, hardly a day goes past without some deprecatory reference to the use of drones by the United States in its ongoing war against al-Qaeda and affiliated groups. The sense that there is something amiss with the deployment of drones in combat permeates popular media. Indeed, thinking off the top of my head, I can't think of a single example in recent popular culture where the deployment of a drone has been positively portrayed. I believe that this is madness -- the sort of reflexive prejudice that revolutionary weapons often face from people who lack the knowledge necessary to have informed opinions about such matters. A major reason why I wrote my newest novel, Robot General, is to argue that, like the submarine or the aircraft at the dawn of the 21st Century, combat robots (both land and air based) have the potential to wholly revolutionize warfare. Used properly, they can...(Read Full Article)