Friday, November 13, 2009

Drone wars

Roger Cohen discusses the science and ethics of Drone warfare. What I never read is how we're going to feel when this technology is adopted outside of the U.S. We act as if we have a monopoly on innovation. As Bill Gates said, robotics are today where computers were in 1980. Do we really think we're going to dominate in lethal robotics forever?

Killing people isn't rocket science and robotic killing isn't limited to remote sensor flying machines. People who want to kill are going to be creative with the technology. We have no moral high ground to stand on in this matter. As with all our other mistakes, we're just teaching the world how to do it.

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