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asksqn
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12/30/2013 | 9:34:05 PM
Another multibillion dollar boondoggle for the pentagon
The biggest worry is that when the killer robot screws up, the commander will be blamed and this won't be fair? The fundamental component of a society's humanity should be rightfully called into question by this kind of utter depravity and cruelty. We have met the enemy, and, he is us.
danielcawrey
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danielcawrey,
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1/1/2014 | 10:48:42 AM
Re: Another multibillion dollar boondoggle for the pentagon
What is the point of fighting these drone wars? This sounds like something out of a movie. In fact, isn't there a Star Wars movie called the Drone Wars?
StaceyE
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1/1/2014 | 4:58:40 PM
Re: Another multibillion dollar boondoggle for the pentagon
It does sound like something from a sci-fi movie, doesn't it. I also worry about one of these drones going rogue, especially if its automated.
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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12/31/2013 | 6:32:12 AM
Good point
I'm not sure an outright ban is necessary, as you could easily see autonomous robots carrying away wounded or bringing up equipment, but it seems like sending out fully automatic machines with control of weaponry is just asking for trouble. 
stevew928
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12/31/2013 | 2:55:31 PM
Better idea...
They should probably just ban war.
Whoopty
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Whoopty,
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1/1/2014 | 10:07:01 AM
Re: Better idea...
We're actually moving slowly towards that. Ironically, considering the 20th century had two of the most devastating wars ever, it was actually a relatively safe century to live in. 
stevew928
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1/2/2014 | 2:14:51 AM
Re: Better idea...
Sorry, but I don't actually think we're moving towards that at all. I was being a bit sarcastic, as if banning things makes much sense in light of what war is. It's worth a try, but only really works with 'civil' wars... as if that isn't an oxymoron. But, it takes a certain backdrop for there to be these 'civil' wars, which is quickly eroding. I'm not opposed to trying... I just thought the concept was a bit silly in light of the subject matter.
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1/1/2014 | 7:44:20 PM
My robot can beat up your robot
Wouldn't it be great if the robots could just fight it out, and the soldiers could just sit in the stadium drinking beer, betting on the outcome and cheering on their side? It would be a war without blood or gore. Full employment for engineers, Massive profits for industry. Spinoffs to peaceful industry that we can't even yet imagine. Angry, aggressive little countries wouldn't vie for nuclear weapons, they'd want more capable robots. Robots - bring 'em on!
stevew928
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stevew928,
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1/2/2014 | 2:16:51 AM
Re: My robot can beat up your robot
Except for when the winning armies robots break through.
Susan Fourtané
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1/2/2014 | 3:16:23 AM
Fundamental wars?
"War is a fundamental human activity; most nations are fighting a war, building up their defenses, or recovering from a war most of the time."

Mitch,

A fundamental human activity?! Fundamental for what?

One would have thought that by this year 2014 wars would be only found in history books and some movies. What has humanity learned in all these centuries of "fundamental wars"? :/

-Susan
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Whoopty,
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1/2/2014 | 7:55:52 AM
Re: Fundamental wars?
We got rocket technology at least. While wars are abhorrent, they've proven great incentives for developing new technologies. 
Susan Fourtané
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1/2/2014 | 2:22:53 PM
Re: Fundamental wars?
Woopty, 

Great incentive for devolping better weapons and rockets to kill? Or is there some useful technology inspired by wars?

-Susan 
Gary_EL
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1/2/2014 | 3:59:28 PM
Re: Fundamental wars?
The classical answer is IC technology. Integrated circuits were developed at first to guide ICBMs to their targets. Because of this better targeting capability, most operational missiles now employ nuclear bombs of much smaller yield (kilotons rather than megatons) than would be needed otherwise to destroy specific targets. Without this big early push from the military, the whole field of tech that this website is devoted to could never have happened. For better or worse, war and technological development go hand-in-hand.
Susan Fourtané
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1/9/2014 | 7:43:18 AM
Re: Fundamental wars?
Gary, 
"For better or worse, war and technological development go hand-in-hand."
 
Does it mean that there is no chance for peace? Does it mean that after this planet is left close to destruction people will continue developing technology for starting star wars? Why do you think humanity agree to this?
 
-Susan
 
stevew928
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1/9/2014 | 2:02:32 AM
Re: Fundamental wars?
Fundamental due to human nature. I'm not sure why you'd think that by 2014, wars would only be in history books. The last couple centuries have been the bloodiest, and I'd guess we (unfortinately) ain't seen nothing yet.
Susan Fourtané
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1/9/2014 | 11:32:00 PM
Re: Fundamental wars?
Steve, 

"Fundamental due to human nature."

Is human nature fundamentally irrational? 

"I'm not sure why you'd think that by 2014, wars would only be in history books."

Maybe because I am an optimist and believe that at some point humanity would get smarter. Maybe because I believe there are other ways of dealing with conflict, and even it could be possible to avoid conflict. 

"The last couple centuries have been the bloodiest, and I'd guess we (unfortinately) ain't seen nothing yet."

Do you think that speaks of human advancement? 

-Susan 


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