Wired for War

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 ...

Author: P. W. Singer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440685975

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 512

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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.
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Wired for Love

Wired for Love

It's as if they're permanently wired for war, with no hope of rewiring. Other couples
may have learned to fight in ways that leave both partners still standing at the end
. They know how to read one another, how to wave the flag of friendliness, and ...

Author: Stan Tatkin

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

ISBN: 9781608820597

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 200

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"What the heck is my partner thinking?" is a common refrain in romantic relationships, and with good reason. Every person is wired for love differently, with different habits, needs, and reactions to conflict. The good news is that most people's minds work in predictable ways and respond well to security, attachment, and rituals, making it possible to actually neurologically prime the brain for greater love and fewer conflicts. Wired for Love is a complete insider's guide to understanding a partner's brain and promoting love and trust within a romantic relationship. Readers learn ten scientific principles they can use to avoid triggering fear and panic in their partners, manage their partners' emotional reactions when they do become upset, and recognize when the brain's threat response is hindering their ability to act in a loving way. By learning to use simple gestures and words, readers can learn to put out emotional fires and help their partners feel more safe and secure. The no-fault view of conflict in this book encourages readers to move past a ""warring brain"" mentality and toward a more cooperative ""loving brain"" understanding of the relationship. Based in the sound science of neurobiology, attachment theory, and emotion regulation research, this book is essential reading for couples and others interested in understanding the complex dynamics at work behind love and trust in intimate relationships.
Categories: Family & Relationships

Wired for Dating

Wired for Dating

In my book Wired for Love, I applied this psychobiological approach to people
who are already members of a couple, to help them improve their relationships.
The basic premise of that book is that we are naturally wired more for war than.

Author: Stan Tatkin

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

ISBN: 9781626253056

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 200

View: 279

In the age of online dating, finding a real connection can seem more daunting than ever! So, why not stack the odds of finding the right person in your favor? This book offers simple, proven-effective principles drawn from neuroscience and attachment theory to help you find the perfect mate. Everybody wants someone to love and spend time with, and searching for your ideal partner is a natural and healthy human tendency. Just about everyone dates at some point in their lives, yet few really understand what they're doing or how to get the best results. In Wired for Dating, psychologist and relationship expert Stan Tatkin—author of Wired for Love—offers powerful tips based in neuroscience and attachment theory to help you find a compatible mate and go on to create a fabulous relationship. Using real-life scenarios, you’ll learn key concepts about how people become attracted to potential partners, move toward or away from commitment, and the important role the brain and nervous system play in this process. Each chapter explores the scientific concepts of attachment theory, arousal regulation, and neuroscience. And with a little practice, you’ll learn to apply these exercises and practical techniques to your dating life. If you’re ready to get serious (or not!) about dating, meet your match, and have more fun, this book will be your guide.
Categories: Family & Relationships

Likewar

Likewar

Social media has been weaponized, as state hackers and rogue terrorists have seized upon Twitter and Facebook to create chaos and destruction. This urgent report is required reading, from defense experts P.W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking.

Author: Peter Warren Singer

Publisher: Eamon Dolan Books

ISBN: 9781328695741

Category: SOCIAL SCIENCE

Page: 405

View: 409

Social media has been weaponized, as state hackers and rogue terrorists have seized upon Twitter and Facebook to create chaos and destruction. This urgent report is required reading, from defense experts P.W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking.
Categories: SOCIAL SCIENCE

Children at War

Children at War

Children at War is the first comprehensive examination of a disturbing and escalating phenomenon: the use of children as soldiers around the globe.

Author: P. W. Singer

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520248767

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 245

From U.S. soldiers having to fight children in Afghanistan and Iraq to juvenile terrorists in Sri Lanka to Palestine, the new, younger face of battle is a terrible reality of 21st century warfare. Indeed, the very first American soldier killed by hostile fire in the “War on Terrorism” was shot by a fourteen-year-old Afghan boy. Children at War is the first comprehensive examination of a disturbing and escalating phenomenon: the use of children as soldiers around the globe. Interweaving explanatory narrative with the voices of child soldiers themselves, P.W. Singer, an internationally recognized expert in modern warfare, introduces the brutal reality of conflict, where children are sent off to fight in war-torn hotspots from Colombia and the Sudan to Kashmir and Sierra Leone. He explores the evolution of this phenomenon, how and why children are recruited, indoctrinated, trained, and converted to soldiers and then lays out the consequences for global security, with a special case study on terrorism. With this established, he lays out the responses that can end this horrible practice. What emerges is not only a compelling and clarifying read on the darker reality of modern warfare, but also a clear and urgent call for action.
Categories: History

Remote Control

Remote Control

5 Marc J. Seifer, Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a
Genius (Secaucus, NJ: Carol, 1996), 195. 6 P. W. Singer, Wired for War: The
Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century (New York: Penguin
), 46–7.

Author: Caetlin Benson-Allott

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781628923445

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

View: 908

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. While we all use remote controls, we understand little about their history or their impact on our daily lives. Caetlin Benson-Allot looks back on the remote control's material and cultural history to explain how such an innocuous media accessory has changed the way we occupy our houses, interact with our families, and experience the world. From the first wired radio remotes of the 1920s to infrared universal remotes, from the homemade TV controllers to the Apple Remote, remote controls shape our media devices and how we live with them. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in the The Atlantic.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Pakistan s War on Terrorism

Pakistan s War on Terrorism

2008. Siddique, Q., 'TehrikeTaliban Pakistan: An Attempt to Deconstruct the
Umbrella Organization and the Reasons for its Growth in Pakistan's NorthWest',
Danish Institute For International Studies Report, 2010. Singer, P. W., Wired For
War: ...

Author: Samir Puri

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136577437

Category: History

Page: 176

View: 616

This book examines Pakistan's strategies in the war against Islamist armed groups that began late 2001, following the 9/11 attacks. The significance of the war inside Pakistan can hardly be understated. Starting in the tribal territories adjacent to Afghanistan, Pakistan’s war has come to engulf the majority of the country through a brutal campaign of suicide bombings. Thousands of Pakistani lives have been lost and the geostrategic balance of the region has been thrown into deep uncertainty. Pakistan's War on Terrorism is an account of a decade-long war following the 9/11 attacks, that is yet to be chronicled in systematic fashion as a campaign of military manoeuvre and terrorist reprisal. It is also an analytic account of Pakistan’s strategic calculus during this time, both in military and political terms, and how these factors have been filtered by Pakistan’s unique strategic culture. This text will be of great interest to students of Asian Politics, Terrorism and Political Violence, and Security Studies in general.
Categories: History

1982 Janine

1982  Janine

... change in my surroundings, a change I cannot initiate. A war would do the trick.
Scotland is wired for it. Scotland is wired for war, especially the bit northwest of.
124 MODERN SCOTLAND 129 FATHERLY ADVIC 132 OUR LABOUR PARTY.

Author: Alasdair Gray

Publisher: Canongate Books

ISBN: 9781847674449

Category: Fiction

Page: 369

View: 949

A postmodern novel of melancholy memory and erotic fantasy—“a filthy tour de force”—by the acclaimed Scottish author of Lanark (The Washington Post). 1982, Janine is a searing portrait of male need and inadequacy, as explored via the lonely sexual fantasies of Jock McLeish, failed husband, lover, and businessman. Alone in a hotel room, Jock attempts again and again to escape the realities of his life through an elaborate sadomasochistic fantasy featuring a woman named Janine. As various memories—from childhood to marriage to his present predicament—invade his imagination, Jock reels through this endlessly inventive black comedy of a man’s mind. An unforgettably challenging book about power and powerlessness, men and women, masters and servants, small countries and big countries, Alasdair Gray’s exploration of the politics of pornography has lost none of its power to shock. “1982, Janine has a verbal energy, an intensity of vision that has mostly been missing from the English novel since D.H. Lawrence.” —New York Times “1982, Janine revived my flagging impetus to continue writing myself.” —Jonathan Coe, winner of the 2019 Costa Novel Award
Categories: Fiction

Road to Iraq

Road to Iraq

19–23. The truth about the failure of the 'precision weaponry' only emerged after
the war. See MacArthur, Second Front. On new technological enablers of war see
Singer, Wired for War. Quoted in Gongora, 'The Revolution in Military Affairs'.

Author: Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748693054

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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Ahmad presents a social history of the war's leading agents "e; the neoconservatives "e; and shows how this ideologically coherent group of determined political agents used the contingency of 9/11 to overwhelm a sceptical foreign policy establishment, milit
Categories: Political Science

Corporate Warriors

Corporate Warriors

Corporate Warriors Includes A Description Of How The Business Works, As Well As Portrays Each Of The Basic Types Of Companies: Military Providers That Offer Troops For Tactical Operations; Military Consultants That Supply Expert Advice And ...

Author: P W Singer

Publisher: Manas Publications

ISBN: 8170492084

Category: Defense industries

Page: 330

View: 210

The New `Privatized Military Industry' Encompasses Hundreds Of Companies, Thousands Of Employees, And Billions Of Dollars Of Revenue. Whether As Proxies Of Suppliers, Such Firms Have Participated In Wars In Africa, Asia, The Balkans, And Latin America. More Recently, They Have Become A Key Element In Us Military Operations. Corporate Warriors Includes A Description Of How The Business Works, As Well As Portrays Each Of The Basic Types Of Companies: Military Providers That Offer Troops For Tactical Operations; Military Consultants That Supply Expert Advice And Training; And Military Support Companies That Sell Logistics, Intelligence, And Engineering. The Privatization Of Warfare Allows Starting New Capabilities And Efficiencies In The Ways That War Is Carried Out. At The Same Time, However, The Author Finds That The Entrance Of The Profit Motive Onto The Battlefield Raises A Series Of Troubling Questions - For Democracy, For Ethics, For Management, For Human Rights, And For National Security.(Published In Collaboration With Cornell University Press, Usa)
Categories: Defense industries

The Image before the Weapon

The Image before the Weapon

See also Peter Singer, Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the
Twenty-first Century (New York: Penguin Press, 2009). 8. Jane Mayer, “The
Predator War: What Are the Risks of the C.I.A.'s Covert Drone Program?

Author: Helen M. Kinsella

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 080146126X

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

View: 669

Since at least the Middle Ages, the laws of war have distinguished between combatants and civilians under an injunction now formally known as the principle of distinction. The principle of distinction is invoked in contemporary conflicts as if there were an unmistakable and sure distinction to be made between combatant and civilian. As is so brutally evident in armed conflicts, it is precisely the distinction between civilian and combatant, upon which the protection of civilians is founded, cannot be taken as self-evident or stable. Helen M. Kinsella documents that the history of international humanitarian law itself admits the difficulty of such a distinction. In The Image before the Weapon, Kinsella explores the evolution of the concept of the civilian and how it has been applied in warfare. A series of discourses—including gender, innocence, and civilization—have shaped the legal, military, and historical understandings of the civilian and she documents how these discourses converge at particular junctures to demarcate the difference between civilian and combatant. Engaging with works on the law of war from the earliest thinkers in the Western tradition, including St. Thomas Aquinas and Christine de Pisan, to contemporary figures such as James Turner Johnson and Michael Walzer, Kinsella identifies the foundational ambiguities and inconsistencies in the principle of distinction, as well as the significant role played by Christian concepts of mercy and charity. She then turns to the definition and treatment of civilians in specific armed conflicts: the American Civil War and the U.S.-Indian wars of the nineteenth century, and the civil wars of Guatemala and El Salvador in the 1980s. Finally, she analyzes the two modern treaties most influential for the principle of distinction: the 1949 IV Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Times of War and the 1977 Protocols Additional to the 1949 Conventions, which for the first time formally defined the civilian within international law. She shows how the experiences of the two world wars, but particularly World War II, and the Algerian war of independence affected these subsequent codifications of the laws of war. As recognition grows that compliance with the principle of distinction to limit violence against civilians depends on a firmer grasp of its legal, political, and historical evolution, The Image before the Weapon is a timely intervention in debates about how best to protect civilian populations.
Categories: Political Science

Mindwise

Mindwise

Wired for war. New York: Penguin Books. The full quote is on pagex in the
preface to the 2004 edition: “It's beyond my skill as a writer to capture that day,
and the days that would follow—the planes, like specters, vanishing into steel
and glass; ...

Author: Nicholas Epley

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780385351676

Category: Psychology

Page: 272

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You are a mind reader, born with an extraordinary ability to understand what others think, feel, believe, want, and know. It’s a sixth sense you use every day, in every personal and professional relationship you have. At its best, this ability allows you to achieve the most important goal in almost any life: connecting, deeply and intimately and honestly, to other human beings. At its worst, it is a source of misunderstanding and unnecessary conflict, leading to damaged relationships and broken dreams. How good are you at knowing the minds of others? How well can you guess what others think of you, know who really likes you, or tell when someone is lying? How well do you really understand the minds of those closest to you, from your spouse to your kids to your best friends? Do you really know what your coworkers, employees, competitors, or clients want? In this illuminating exploration of one of the great mysteries of the human mind, University of Chicago psychologist Nicholas Epley introduces us to what scientists have learned about our ability to understand the most complicated puzzle on the planet—other people—and the surprising mistakes we so routinely make. Why are we sometimes blind to the minds of others, treating them like objects or animals? Why do we sometimes talk to our cars, or the stars, as if there is a mind that can hear us? Why do we so routinely believe that others think, feel, and want what we do when, in fact, they do not? And why do we believe we understand our spouses, family, and friends so much better than we actually do? Mindwise will not turn other people into open books, but it will give you the wisdom to revolutionize how you think about them—and yourself. From the Hardcover edition.
Categories: Psychology

Killing by Remote Control

Killing by Remote Control

The comment received a lot of attention when it was published in Peter W. Singer
, Wired For War: The Robotics Revolution in the 21st Century (New York:
Penguin Press, 2009), pp. 308–309, n. 6. But the quote seems to have originated
in ...

Author: Bradley Jay Strawser

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199339792

Category: Political Science

Page: 296

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The increased military employment of remotely operated aerial vehicles, also known as drones, has raised a wide variety of important ethical questions, concerns, and challenges. Many of these have not yet received the serious scholarly examination such worries rightly demand. This volume attempts to fill that gap through sustained analysis of a wide range of specific moral issues that arise from this new form of killing by remote control. Many, for example, are troubled by the impact that killing through the mediated mechanisms of a drone half a world away has on the pilots who fly them. What happens to concepts such as bravery and courage when a war-fighter controlling a drone is never exposed to any physical danger? This dramatic shift in risk also creates conditions of extreme asymmetry between those who wage war and those they fight. What are the moral implications of such asymmetry on the military that employs such drones and the broader questions for war and a hope for peace in the world going forward? How does this technology impact the likely successes of counter-insurgency operations or humanitarian interventions? Does not such weaponry run the risk of making war too easy to wage and tempt policy makers into killing when other more difficult means should be undertaken? Killing By Remote Control directly engages all of these issues. Some essays discuss the just war tradition and explore whether the rise of drones necessitates a shift in the ways we think about the ethics of war in the broadest sense. Others scrutinize more specific uses of drones, such as their present use in what are known as "targeted killing" by the United States. The book similarly tackles the looming prospect of autonomous drones and the many serious moral misgivings such a future portends. "A path-breaking volume! BJ Strawser, an internationally known analyst of drone ethics, has assembled a broad spectrum of civilian and military experts to create the first book devoted to this hot-button issue. This important work represents vanguard thinking on weapon systems that make headlines nearly every day. It will catalyze debates policy-makers and military leaders must have in order to preserve peace and protect the innocent. - James Cook, Department Chair/Head of Philosophy, US Air Force Academy "The use of 'drones' (remotely piloted air vehicles) in war has grown exponentially in recent years. Clearly, this evolution presages an enormous explosion of robotic vehicles in war - in the air, on the ground, and on and under the sea. This collection of essays provides an invaluable contribution to what promises to be one of the most fundamental challenges to our assumptions about ethics and warfare in at least the last century. The authors in this anthology approach the ethical challenges posed by these rapidly advancing technologies from a wide range of perspectives. Cumulatively, they represent an essential overview of the fundamental ethical issues involved in their development. This collection makes a key contribution to an urgently needed dialogue about the moral questions involved." - Martin L. Cook, Adm. James B. Stockdale Professor of Professional Military Ethics, Professor Leadership & Ethics, College of Operational & Strategic Leadership, U.S. Naval War College
Categories: Political Science

Cyberspaces and Global Affairs

Cyberspaces and Global Affairs

... and Ninewa Provinces, Iraq, 2005-2007.” Journal of Strategic Studies 33(4):
595-624. Sherman, Jason. 2005. “The Drone Wars.” Bulletin of the Atomic
Scientists 61 (5): 28-37. Singer, P.W. 2009. Wired for War: The Robotics
Revolution and ...

Author: Jake Perry

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409476603

Category: Political Science

Page: 404

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From the "Facebook" revolutions in the Arab world to the use of social networking in the aftermath of disasters in Japan and Haiti, to the spread of mobile telephony throughout the developing world: all of these developments are part of how information and communication technologies are altering global affairs. With the rise of the social web and applications like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, scholars and practitioners of international affairs are adapting to this new information space across a wide scale of issue areas. In conflict resolution, dialogues and communication are taking the form of open social networks, while in the legal realm, where cyberspace is largely lawless space, states are stepping up policing efforts to combat online criminality and hackers are finding new ways around increasingly sophisticated censorship. Militaries are moving to deeply incorporate information technologies into their doctrines, and protesters are developing innovative uses of technology to keep one step ahead of the authorities. The essays and topical cases in this book explore such issues as networks and networked thinking, information ownership, censorship, neutrality, cyberwars, humanitarian needs, terrorism, privacy and rebellion, giving a comprehensive overview of the core issues in the field, complemented by real world examples.
Categories: Political Science

The Last and Greatest Battle

The Last and Greatest Battle

... 24 Whittlesey, Charles, 83–84 “Why Soldiers Rape” (Benedict), 241 Williams,
Kayla, 113, 137–38 WILL Interactive, 220 Wilson, Jeff, 129 Wilson, Woodrow, 154
–55 Winter, Denis, 45 Wired for War (Singer), 106 Wood, Jake, 174 Woodward, ...

Author: John Bateson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199392346

Category: Psychology

Page: 320

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Nearly every day an active-duty soldier in the United States military resorts to suicide, and nearly every hour a veteran does the same. In recent years the problem of military suicides has reached epidemic proportions, but it's all too easy for most of us to gloss over the headlines or tune out the details. In The Last and Greatest Battle--the first book devoted exclusively to the problem of military suicides--John Bateson brings this neglected crisis into the spotlight. Bateson, the former executive director of a nationally certified suicide prevention center, surveys the history of suicide in the United States military from the Civil War to the present day and outlines a plan to save lives-and ultimately end the tragedy of military suicides. He uses the stories of individual soldiers to illuminate the unique challenges faced by American troops today. Transitioning from the front lines to the home front is difficult for many service members, and many need help both during and after their deployments. But even though the military is spending millions of dollars on suicide prevention programs, record numbers of soldiers continue to take their lives. To that end, Bateson outlines a plan of action. If the military works to remove stigma, to make treatment more effective and more accessible, and to limit risk factors for suicide in the first place by taking measures like reducing the number and length of deployments and adjusting pre-deployment training to take into account the way that wars are waged today, an end to the problem of military suicide is as possible as it is essential.
Categories: Psychology

Ender s Game and Philosophy

Ender s Game and Philosophy

—P.W. SINGER, Director of the Brookings Institution's Centerfor 21st Century
Security and Intelligence, author of Children at War and Wired for War:
TheRobotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century “
Somesmartandaccessible readings ...

Author: D. E. Wittkower

Publisher: Open Court

ISBN: 9780812698411

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card’s award-winning 1985 novel, has been discovered and rediscovered by generations of science fiction fans and young adult readers, banned and challenged in schools, assigned in high school English classes, and adopted as reading by the US Marine Corps. Ender's Game and its sequels explores rich themes—the violence and cruelty of children, the role of empathy in war, and the balance of individual dignity and the social good—with compelling elements of a coming-of-age story and exciting and immersive battle scenes. Ender’s Game and Philosophy brings together over thirty philosophers to engage in wide-ranging discussion on the troubling, exciting, and fascinating issues raised in and amidst the excitement and fear of Orson Scott Card’s novels and Gavin Hood’s film. Authors address issues such as: the justifiability of pre-emptive strikes, how Ender’s disconnected and dispassionate violence is mirrored in today’s drone warfare, whether the end of saving the species can justify the most brutal means, the justifiability of lies and deception in wartimes, how military schools produce training in virtue, how Ender as the “good student” is held to a different educational standard, which rules can be broken in games and which cannot, Ender’s world as a mirror of our own surveillance society, the moral hazards of child warriors, the value of Ender’s ability to sympathize with his enemies, the meaning of a “hive-mind,” the limits of our ability to relate to one, the relationship between Ender’s story and Card’s Mormonism. The authors of Ender’s Game and Philosophy challenge readers to confront and work through the conceptual and emotional challenges that Ender’s Game presents, bringing a new light on the idea of a just war, the virtues of the soldier, the nature of childhood, the social value and moral corruption of lies and deception, the practices of education and of leadership, and the serious work of playing games.
Categories: Philosophy

Drone Warfare

Drone Warfare

W. Singer, Wired for War: Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the Twenty-First
Century. New York: Penguin, 2009, accessed via Google Books. 38Peter Finn, “
U.S. Moves Towards Robotic Warfare,” The Fiscal Times, September 20, 2011. 5.

Author: Medea Benjamin

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 9781781682531

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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Drone Warfare is the first comprehensive analysis of one of the fastest growing—and most secretive—fronts in global conflict: the rise of robot warfare. In 2000, the Pentagon had fewer than fifty aerial drones; ten years later, it had a fleet of nearly 7,500, and the US Air Force now trains more drone “pilots” than bomber and fighter pilots combined. Drones are already a $5 billion business in the US alone. The human cost? Drone strikes have killed more than 200 children alone in Pakistan and Yemen. CODEPINK and Global Exchange cofounder Medea Benjamin provides the first extensive analysis of who is producing the drones, where they are being used, who controls these unmanned planes, and what are the legal and moral implications of their use. In vivid, readable style, this book also looks at what activists, lawyers, and scientists across the globe are doing to ground these weapons. Benjamin argues that the assassinations we are carrying out from the air will come back to haunt us when others start doing the same thing—to us. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Categories: Political Science

Healing the Wounded Giant

Healing the Wounded Giant

O'Hanlon, The Science of War, pp. ... See P. W. Singer, Wired for War: The
Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century (New York: Penguin Press,
2009); and Michael E. O'Hanlon, Technological Change and the Future of
Warfare ...

Author: Michael E. O'Hanlon

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 9780815724865

Category: Political Science

Page: 100

View: 482

President Barack Obama survived a tenuous economy and a toxic political environment to win re-election in 2012, but the bitter partisan divide in Washington survived as well. So did the country's huge fiscal deficit. in this, the latest in a long line of Brookings Institution analyses of the defense budget, Michael O'Hanlon considers how best to balance national security and fiscal responsibility during a period of prolonged economic stress and political acrimony—even as the world remains unsettled, from Afghanistan to Iran to Syria to the western Pacific region. O'Hanlon explains why the large defense cuts that would result from prolonged sequestration or from deficit-reduction projects such as the Bowles-Simpson plan are too deep. But the bulk of his book represents an effort to look for greater savings than the Obama administration's 2012 proposals would allow. Praise for the work of Michael O'Hanlon The Opportunity: "A practical and hard-headed analysis of how another Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty might be achieved"— Financial Times The Science of War: "Timely, thoughtful, and full of insight. A signal contribution to the field."—General David S. Petraeus, U.S. Army A Skeptic's Case for Nuclear Disarmament: "O'Hanlon expertly unravels the myriad threads of the often abstruse disputes about nuclear weapons and disarmament."— New York Times Book Review
Categories: Political Science

The Measure of Civilization

The Measure of Civilization

... university Press. singer, Joel. 1980. The Correlates of War: Testing Some
Realpolitik Models. new york: free Press. singer, P. W. 2009. Wired for War: The
Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century. new york: Penguin. sirks, a.

Author: Ian Morris

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400844760

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

View: 716

A groundbreaking look at Western and Eastern social development from the end of the ice age to today In the past thirty years, there have been fierce debates over how civilizations develop and why the West became so powerful. The Measure of Civilization presents a brand-new way of investigating these questions and provides new tools for assessing the long-term growth of societies. Using a groundbreaking numerical index of social development that compares societies in different times and places, award-winning author Ian Morris sets forth a sweeping examination of Eastern and Western development across 15,000 years since the end of the last ice age. He offers surprising conclusions about when and why the West came to dominate the world and fresh perspectives for thinking about the twenty-first century. Adapting the United Nations' approach for measuring human development, Morris's index breaks social development into four traits—energy capture per capita, organization, information technology, and war-making capacity—and he uses archaeological, historical, and current government data to quantify patterns. Morris reveals that for 90 percent of the time since the last ice age, the world's most advanced region has been at the western end of Eurasia, but contrary to what many historians once believed, there were roughly 1,200 years—from about 550 to 1750 CE—when an East Asian region was more advanced. Only in the late eighteenth century CE, when northwest Europeans tapped into the energy trapped in fossil fuels, did the West leap ahead. Resolving some of the biggest debates in global history, The Measure of Civilization puts forth innovative tools for determining past, present, and future economic and social trends.
Categories: Social Science

The Laws of Robots

The Laws of Robots

... and deployment of such applications have skyrocketed over the past decade.
Peter Singer's statistics in Wired for War (2009) make the point clear: “when US
forces went into Iraq in 2003, the ground invasion force had no unmanned
system.

Author: Ugo Pagallo

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789400765641

Category: Law

Page: 200

View: 404

This book explores how the design, construction, and use of robotics technology may affect today’s legal systems and, more particularly, matters of responsibility and agency in criminal law, contractual obligations, and torts. By distinguishing between the behaviour of robots as tools of human interaction, and robots as proper agents in the legal arena, jurists will have to address a new generation of “hard cases.” General disagreement may concern immunity in criminal law (e.g., the employment of robot soldiers in battle), personal accountability for certain robots in contracts (e.g., robo-traders), much as clauses of strict liability and negligence-based responsibility in extra-contractual obligations (e.g., service robots in tort law). Since robots are here to stay, the aim of the law should be to wisely govern our mutual relationships.
Categories: Law