Gavin Chait Child soldiers

I think that child soldiers are banned under the Geneva Convention. I think that the public may balk at any type of civil (rather than military) involvement in war. Plus, what about hackers, denial of service attacks and so on.

Yes, I think that remote control wars will be fought, but probably not by the public.
Posted: 10 October 2004 at 00:00

Doug Vining RE: Child soldiers

Your idealism is refreshing. Child soldiers have been used in Africa for decades. As for civilian 'specialists' the US military is full of them.
Posted: 14 October 2004 at 00:00

Wolfgang Grulke RE: Child soldiers

CNN today reports that the average age of the pilots flying the remote control spy drones in Iraq (from a bunker in Las Vegas) is 23.
Posted: 14 June 2006 at 12:54

Wolfgang Grulke Sounds like the US might not wait for new tech...

An article in today's Independent: Why the hawks are circling over Iran -
Posted: 19 January 2005 at 10:18

Wolfgang Grulke How the US Marines point and shoot

Wired magazine May 2005 has an interesting article on this topic, plus a photo:
Posted: 12 June 2005 at 11:46

Rob Cells Cyber-anything

This is an example of how our future will be determined by "cyber". As we move towards a 'virtual' reality future where much of our lives will be connected to data, we are at once powerful yet vulnerable. We need to be very sure we are protected against cyber-attack methods, from ID-theft to online fraud. However, by and large there will be more advantages than not...
Posted: 29 June 2005 at 14:05

Doug Vining RE: Cyber-anything

I agree entirely, Rob. 'Virtual' is becoming more of a reality all the time. Take a look at the MindBullet COMPUTER VIRUS INFECTS HUMAN for another angle on that vulnerability.
Posted: 29 June 2005 at 22:23

Wolfgang Grulke WSJ article charts progess of drones

Tuesday 7 February edition has a lead article on Lockheed-Martin's jump into the unmanned-plane market using their legendary skunkworks.
Posted: 27 February 2006 at 01:50

Wolfgang Grulke America's Robot Army

The New Statesman of 12 June 2006 has an excellent article (including great pictures in the print edition) - a MUST READ!
Posted: 14 June 2006 at 12:49

Doug Vining Civilian security too

LA's spy-in-the-sky drone sparks privacy concerns
Independent - 20 June 2006
The future of law enforcement was launched into the smoggy Los Angeles skies at the weekend in the form of a drone aircraft intended to bring spy-in-the-sky technology to urban policing.
Posted: 20 June 2006 at 22:12

Doug Vining Robot infantry get ready for the battlefield

Sometime in the coming months, chances are that we'll be seeing TV reports that an armed remote-controlled robot has been used in anger for the first time. - New Scientist
Posted: 24 September 2006 at 19:42

Doug Vining US Army uses virtual reality

Would-be rookies to face video gauntlet:
Written exams are so last century, so the US army is developing virtual-reality aptitude tests for recruits.
Posted: 30 November 2006 at 19:35

Wolfgang Grulke Now we have robot/cyborg moths....

....coming to a battlefield near you soon!

ARPA has gone one step further than your imagination with tne announcement that swarms of moths which have computer chips implanted in them while in the cocoon will enable soldiers to spy on insurgents.
Posted: 27 May 2007 at 12:03

Doug Vining More coverage of military robots

Robot wars
Jun 7th 2007
From The Economist print edition

Military technology: Unmanned vehicles and robot soldiers are on the march. Can such machines be programmed to act ethically?
Posted: 25 July 2007 at 12:12

Doug Vining First Robot Air Attack Squadron ready for launch

Posted: 29 October 2007 at 21:13

Doug Vining Exoskeletons

Sarcos’ military exoskeleton becomes a frightening reality:
“you can consider yourself one step closer to cyborg annihilation thanks to a company called Sarcos and its semi-scary exoskeleton — which will make any regular old soldier into a Terminator-like killing machine (as far as we can tell). Sure, they demo the unit lifting heavy equipment and reducing fatigue of the user, but we know what this thing is really for — and it doesn’t involve food drops.”
Posted: 5 December 2007 at 17:56

Wolfgang Grulke Pakistan feels impact of drones...

Pakistan's top Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud killed in US drone attack
Posted: 20 October 2009 at 17:11
Hi Doug, several of these links are now inoperable and I need to have a discussion on the future of virtual war and how teenagers will operate the various fighter drones. How are they being selected and trained to do this? Any new ideas? Can you do an update to the links?
Posted: 11 September 2011 at 18:12

Doug Vining RE: Update

I have updated the links to include some that are current and totally relevant - Doug.
Posted: 14 September 2011 at 16:49

Doug Vining Remote control war

A recent CBC documentary report covers this topic in detail, and you can even watch the movie online.

It appears that the timeline for this MindBullet was spot on, even though it was published in 2004!
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Remote control war") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here:
Posted: 14 September 2011 at 17:27

Doug Vining US Army uses Hololens to digitally augment soldiers

A FuturesForum post (titled: "US Army uses Hololens to digitally augment soldiers") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here:
Posted: 8 April 2019 at 12:42
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