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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Fly-sized assassins

FuturePundit asks "Will Terminator Robots Come In Fly Miniature?" My comment:

The wiping-out-towns problem is already solved by aerial bombardment or poison gas. Notice that full-size drones are already being used for targeted killing. Swarms of fly-sized assassins, with some means of identifying targets, are a logical development.

Fighter pilots who have survived being locked on by homing surface-to-air missiles describe the experience as "soul-destroying." I suspect that unleashing a horde of dog-sized robots, each of which picks an enemy soldier at random and hunts him specifically, might turn a defensive trench into chaos as soon as the defenders realized what was happening.

The robotic battlefield might come about sooner than we expect, as a result of human psychology.

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