Friday, February 29, 2008

Will robots replace suicide bombers?

A leading expert has issued a grim warning about how a new generation of robot weapons being developed by world powers, including India and China, imperils humankind.

"Once the new weapons are out there, they will be fairly easy to copy. How long is it going to be before the terrorists get in on the act," maybe use them in suicide missions, he warned.


Philip said...

That would seem to put a bit of a taint on my Bjork sexbot fantasy...."Wow, you want to have sex, right outside the White House gates...? I mean what brought this on...? Because the blast radius works for you...wha? Hey wait a tic..."

Philip Shropshire

W.M. Bear said...

Terrorists aren't known for their technological sophistication. Moreover, a "robobomber" would be a lot easier to spot than a human one. I doubt miltary bots will even see much actual combat, since it strikes me that they would actually be a lot easier to put out of commission than a human soldier. And a lot more expensive in terms of dollar loss. More sensationalism....

Mac said...


Nice scenario! :-)


I tend to agree. I don't wholly dismiss the potential for robots as instruments for Evil Doers, but I think old-fashioned "organic" suicide bombs will continue to prevail in the near-term.