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Robots to Replace Troops on the Battlefield


Science & Tech  (tags: military, war, battle, robots, soldiers )

Freya
- 184 days ago - finance.yahoo.com
The Pentagon is considering replacing thousands of troops with robots, a military commander said recently, marking the first time a DOD official has publicly acknowledged that humans would be replaced with robots on the battlefield.



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Freya H. (301)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 11:44 am
For further reading, be sure to visit http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/robots-may-replace-one-fourth-us-combat-soldiers-2030-says-general
 

Bob P. (425)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 1:08 pm
Thanks Freya
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 3:37 pm
On first seeing I think it would be GREAT to keep our soldiers from getting killed and maimed! Secondly I think what would happen to the unemployment rates?
 

Robert O. (12)
Monday January 27, 2014, 12:19 am
Interesting. Thanks.
 

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Monday January 27, 2014, 1:05 am
noted
 

(7)
Monday January 27, 2014, 2:10 am
This is better than getting humans killed.
 

Fi T. (16)
Monday January 27, 2014, 3:51 am
No more loss of life
 

Howard Crosse (15)
Monday January 27, 2014, 10:45 am
War will never be about anything other than killing people. It is hard to think that we will ever see a war where our robots go out and blow up their robots and everybody lives happily ever after. Currently robots (in the form of drone aircraft) are used to kill people. War is sometimes necessary but it is never desirable nor will it ever be and the greater use of robots is never going to change this.
 

Dot A. (132)
Monday January 27, 2014, 12:07 pm
the article was from the Fiscal Times
it appears that fiscal times could become fiasco times

our ideal to save lives
becomes control by machine

where in hellsname will that lead???
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Monday January 27, 2014, 12:29 pm
noted, thanks
 

Angela J. (56)
Monday January 27, 2014, 4:54 pm
Thank you.
 

Dale O. (189)
Monday January 27, 2014, 7:39 pm
Well said Dot A and Howard Crosse.

One also wonders about ethics, can these machines tell the difference between any civilians in the theatre of war and what happens if an enemy soldier wants to surrender for instance? There are many questions as a lot of wars are not simply fought engaging the army of the enemy in one place and no civilians around the area.

There is always profit to be made from war. Instead of finding new ways to kill it is too bad that equal effort can't be made to find peaceful ways to end situations. While some wars happen because there may be no alternative, it is too bad than humankind has not yet evolved to find other ways of conflict resolution that leaves the arms manufacturers out in the cold.

I am rather suspicious of machines doing the killing, things can go very wrong in different situations.
 

Christina G. (11)
Monday January 27, 2014, 9:10 pm
war is about a few people getting very rich off the rest of the population - be nice if they leave us out of their games!
 

A F. (130)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 1:10 am
What could possibly go wrong?
 

Franck R. (51)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 2:01 am
Noted
 

Dale O. (189)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 2:02 am
A.F., let me count the ways of what can possibly go wrong! For instance, the mechanized drones result also in civilian deaths so these robo-soldiers won't have much of a better track record.
 

Dot A. (132)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 7:02 am
Makes all of us think, at least that's the hope,...

Thanks, Dale, - you have a greater grip on the military lingo than I do, and can instantly surmise the pit-falls,...

and from what I can grasp from A F. - is a post offered in jest,...
In other words, we can't even imagine "all" that could GO WRONG~
 
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