At a party this weekend someone questioned why we don’t see robots fighting wars… postulating that they could be controlled by armies of highly skilled, pimply faced, teenaged gamers, somewhere safe in the American heartland.
The sad truth is; If we can put men on the moon and land a rover on Mars then we definitely have the know-how to build a robot ready for battle… but when it comes to the economics of war, it is currently far cheaper to repeatedly send droves of pimply faced teenagers to die in a foreign land than to build a robot that can be reliably controlled remotely.
I wonder what a robot would need to cost before the Military Industrial Complex saw fit to replace death with robots… Probably less than the salary of a soldier multiplied by their average life expentancy.
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Did I hear someone say Robot Wars http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot_Wars?