First, yes, I know that Asimov's stories didn't deal with military robots (the first law and all that), but I wanted a catchy title...
OK, are humans destined to be replaced by robots on the battlefield? I say: Yes, and here's why:
-The death of a robot can't be used for propaganda reasons by either foreign or domestic enemies
-The media won't broadcast stories where a robot's dad goes onscreen and blames the president for the death of his robot son
-though initially expensive, a robot, in any form, is not as expensive as a human when lifetime expenses are taken into account. Sure, flying robots
might cost millions of dollars, but they are cheaper than manned aircraft, still
-Robotic casualties won't register with the general public
-Even if a robotic unit is defeated by a human unit, you still have zero dead (for the robot operating side) compared to X number of human dead for
-Robots have no morale problems
-Robots don't complain about deployments
-Robots leave no widows or orphans
-Robots have no ego
-Robots would have no interest in rape, sexual harrassment, or corruption
-Robots would not get into situations with local residents near bases
-Robots can be replaced.
-Robotic armies might be seen as TOO expendable
-A country might be too prone to initiate wars if it had a force that had robotic combatants
-A society might become too lazy, cowardly, or disinterested if its fighting was done by machines
-The same robotic principles could be used to put many people out of work
Now.. in writing this... I don't mean to come across as casting derision on our current soldiers, airmen, sailors, or marines. All I am saying is
that it makes sense to fill as many combat jobs with mechanized soldiers as possible... if only for the reason that lives will be saved.
I know that there might be objections to this based on culturally-centered notions of honor and pride... but I'd like to remind everyone that armies
and social orders that refused to accept firearms -- due to notions of honor -- were eliminated from the course of history. There are no knights or
samurais today, just as there are no soldiers with wooden spears. It makes sense to approach honor as a personal thing... not something that dictates
what weapons you use.
Anyways... what are your thoughts on this? here are some articles you might find interesting?
In conclusion, as Wordsworth said, the child...
(real world robot that can mimic human motions)
is the father of the man...
(fictional star wars battle droid)