A Must-Watch Video On How Military Drones Are Changing War
This is a very good roundup on the effect of drones and the increased robotization of warfare from documentary series Fault Lines. If you have twenty minutes over lunch, it’s a must watch.
Narrated by Josh Rushing, a 14-year ex-US Marine veteran and co-host of the program, it talks through the effect of America’s 7,000 drones and 12,000 ground robots in the way the US military fight war. But it goes beyond that, showing how drones are being used by other countries as well, how things may scalate in the future, and how the industry is going mostly unchecked, with great implications for the future of Human Rights.
At last, someone actually took Terminator seriously. [Al Jazeera]
Featured to your right is the Blackfish, the Navy’s killer robot jetski, ensuring that when the robot uprising happens, literally nowhere will be safe. Thanks, Department of the Navy, you shouldn’t have! No, really, you shouldn’t have. What were you idiots thinking? Have you even seen a Terminator movie?
Anyway, the Blackfish was designed to hunt down and take out swimmers. No, really, that’s its job. There are supposedly security concerns about terrorists swimming up to our ships and harbors and blowing things up. We thought we had sea mines for this but apparently we need an overpowered robot.
We say overpowered because this beast can rip through the water at 40mph, but will rarely do so since the swimmers it’s looking for generally go about 2mph. So why make it a jetski? Why not a robot paddle boat or something?