Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Scientists offer to have robots fight our wars for us.

"There are an enormous number of advantages in having robotic guards or robotic soldiers. Robots don't get bored. Robots do exactly what they're told. You don't have to write condolence letters for them. They are infinitely brave. When you don't need them, you can shrink-wrap them and put them in storage. They don't have families that need to have housing. And if you put them on a battlefield with lethal weapons, they will kill without remorse. They will kill without pity and without compunction, which is not something that you would say about human soldiers."

I thought that was one of the things that made wars horrible, terrible things that we were reluctant to involve ourselves in unless it was a cause that seemed truly worth the horrendous costs: like freedom and liberty and democracy.

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