posted on Dec, 31 2007 @ 06:25 AM
It makes sense to automate tasks on the battlefield wherever possible, so as technologies advance and become cheaper they will inevitably be
introduced into the military.
As for taking the soldier off the battlefield, I think that is unlikely in the near future because human brains are wonderful bits of kit and
difficult to copy. An AI soldier would have to be as intelligent as a human, or live soldiers would run rings round it.
Personally I think the things that make humans unsuitable for war fighting such as being made of soft flesh and tiring out easily will be augmented by
technology. Things like light and effective body armour and power assistance for limbs spring to mind, with robotics taking up dangerous
reconnaissance and logistics roles.
Don’t forget that if a lowly truck can drive it self then the driver is obsolete, he doesn’t need paying or feeding so the cook and the clerk are
also obsolete. That truck can move supplies in dangerous terrain meaning casualties are lower. The military can therefore be smaller and cheaper
without losing effectiveness, or larger and more effective for the same cost.