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Running Title – Wired For War: The Robotics Revolution And Conflict In The 21st Century

I’ve always been fascinated with robots. From the day my parents bought that lame “Made In Japan” toy robot in the 70s to seeing Johnny 5 on Short Circuit, it was love at first sight. So much that I got my undergrad in Electromechanical Engineering (and there you thought I was some Liberal arts major … shame on you). I’m also fascinated with weapons ( I know … you didn’t see that coming), to a high degree that can be classified as … well … unnerving to some. Here’s a typical example: I might be one of a few librarians (and I’m being generous) who knows what a kriss xv is (it is a recoiless .45 caliber assault pistol). So needless to say, I am extremely fascinated with unmanned/robotic technology that is currently in operations in the war on terror. Price’s Wired examines the growing roles of robots in our lives but specifically in the military. It is quite an eye-opener especially when you begin to realize that this technology is not only used exclusively by the US but also by many others and in areas of the world that we’d least expect.

Though Wired starts out, seemingly, as a gushfest and technolust that may warrant the service of hand lotion and paper towels, it more or less becomes a cautionary exploration in the use of military robotics. The book is well-written, well researched, and does give the reader much to ponder. It is in my honest yet humble opinion that if such a book was written on nuclear energy many decades ago, the world would have possibly fared better without dealing with nuclear bollocks that we’re confronted with today. Note that this book is not a cause for alarm but merely an imploring to deploy technology with some regulation and discretion. Does this mean that there is a possible Skynet future to deal with? Will I have to go and run off into the desert with Linda Hamilton and learn survivalist stuff? Seriously, no … but I wouldn’t mind running off into the desert with Linda Hamilton. Bloody hell, I wouldn’t mind running off with her into an active volcano. I have detoured. Wired gives us lots to ponder and merely states potential consequences should we not heed the warning signs … on the wall … the leads into the future. Still it is quite a thrilling and extremely educational read.

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