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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (654 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. W. Singer Narrator: William Hughes Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A military expert reveals how science fiction is fast becoming reality on the battlefield, changing not just how wars are fought, but also the politics, economics, laws, and ethics that surround war itself.

Singer’s previous books foretold the rise of private military contractors and the advent of child soldiers—predictions that have proved all too accurate. Now he explores the greatest revolution in military affairs since the atom bomb: robotic warfare.

We are now seeing a massive shift in military technology that threatens to make the stuff of I, Robot and The Terminator a reality. Over seven thousand robotic systems are now in Iraq; pilots in Nevada are remotely killing terrorists in Afghanistan; scientists are debating just how smart—and lethal—to make their current prototypes; and many renowned science fiction authors are secretly consulting for the Pentagon.

Blending historic evidence with interviews from the field, Singer vividly shows that as these technologies multiply, they will have profound effects on both the front lines and the politics back home. Replacing men with machines may save some lives but will lower morale and psychological barriers to killing. The “warrior ethos,” which has long defined soldiers’ identity, will erode, as will the laws of war that have governed military conflict for generations.

Paradoxically, the new technology will also bring war to our doorstep. As other nations and terrorist organizations obtain their own robotic weapons, the robot revolution could undermine America’s military preeminence. While his analysis is unnerving, there’s an irresistible gee-whiz quality to the innovations Singer uncovers. Wired for War travels from Iraq and Afghanistan, where these machines are now fighting, to modern-day “skunk works” in the midst of suburbia, where tomorrow’s technologies of war are quietly being designed. In Singer’s hands, the future of war is as fascinating as it is frightening.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Blew my f***ing mind…This book is awesome.”

    Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

  • “P. W. Singer has written what is likely to be the definitive work on this subject for some time to come. He has a record of drawing out the underlying trends in modern warfare, with previous books on child soldiers and the increasing use of mercenaries. Wired for War will confirm his reputation: it is riveting and comprehensive, encompassing every aspect of the rise of military robotics, from the historical to the ethical.”

    Financial Times

  • “In his latest work, Wired for War, Singer confesses his passion for science fiction as he introduces us to a glimpse of things to come–the new technologies that will shape wars of the future. His new book addresses some ominous and little-discussed questions about the military, technology, and machinery.”

    Harper’s

  • “Robotics promises to be the most comprehensive instrument of change in war since the introduction of gunpowder.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “If you want the whole story of remote warfare, pick up a copy of Wired for War, in which Peter Singer, a fellow of the non-profit Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, exhaustively documents the Pentagon’s penchant for robotics. Think of it as the next step in the mechanisation of war: swords and arrows, guns, artillery, rockets, bombers, robots.”

    New Scientist

  • “P. W. Singer has fashioned a definitive text on the future of war around the subject of robots. In no previous book have I gotten such an intrinsic sense of what the military future will be like.”

    Robert D. Kaplan, author of Imperial Grunts

  • “Drawing from sources spanning popular culture and hard science, Singer reveals how the relationship between man and robot is changing the very nature of war…I found this book fascinating, deep, entertaining, and frightening.”

    Howard Gordon, writer and executive producer of 24, The X-Files, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer

  • “Singer’s book is as important (very) as it is readable (highly), as much a fascinating account of new technology as it is a challenging appraisal of the strategic, political, and ethical questions that we must now face. This book needs to be widely read—not just within the defense community but by anyone interested in the most fundamental questions of how our society and others will look at war itself.”

    Anthony Lake, former US National Security Advisor and Professor of Diplomacy, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

  • “Lively, penetrating, and wise…A warmly human (even humorous) account of robotics and other military technologies that focuses where it should: on us.”

    Richard Danzig, former Secretary of the Navy and Director, National Semiconductor Corporation

  • “William Hughes’ slightly hoarse voice is unremarkable but likable, and he uses it well, matching his inflections to the sense of the text and keeping to a quick, but not too quick, pace. Without overdoing it, he brings to the book a sense of excitement and wonder appropriate to the subject matter. “

    AudioFile

  • “A vivid picture of the current controversies and dazzling possibilities of war in the digital age.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Peggy Lo | 2/14/2014

    " I started reading the book very closely and then ended up mostly skimming it, just because the scenario was getting frightening, a little too close to the cylons for comfort "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Scott Martin | 2/12/2014

    " The first book I completed via Kindle. The content is incredible, and the sections on UAV ops really hits home, for I lived a form of that a couple of years ago, and those concepts will be a part of our military in the years and decades ahead. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dennis Daniels | 2/11/2014

    " It is important to understand how technology is changing (and has always changed) war. Warcraft has changed immensely in the last decade... it's a good time to review what we know of our ability as a species to kill each other remotely... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael | 2/11/2014

    " I read it a few years ago, it was a nice book and I really loved it. All the things about the robots was amazing, though I trashed the book... D: though I really loved how he explained about how they used the robots in war like the anti-ied robots near the beginning and the automated bombers and such. I'd recommend this book if your into robots and war. "

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About the Author

P. W. Singer, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, has worked in the Pentagon and consulted for the departments of Defense and State, the CIA, and Congress. The author of several books, he has also written for such publications as the New York Times and Foreign Affairs.