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Military robots and the future of war | P.W. Singer
Tony wyaad



  1. Kyle Sokolowski Posted on May 19, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    well then their say we dont need u then their blast u to bits

  2. Solea Posted on May 22, 2011 at 2:23 am

    What is this crap? He doesn't define his terms, or explain the significance of the images he displays or the vague platitudes he spouts. All anyone could get from this is "new technology is being used in war, maybe that means something". No, really?

  3. David Espinosa Posted on June 18, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    The blood in the battlefield will soon be replaced by brake fluid… Since I like electronics, and electronic control systems, it'd be interesting to see a combat where the metal meets… well, the metal…

  4. JJO117 Posted on June 19, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    OH shit!!!!! Terminators

  5. YouWillDieOfHiccup Posted on July 2, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    lol now they use fucking remote control toys with guns attached to it , those look lame

  6. mibinwalo Posted on July 8, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Gekko from MGS4…. Just Sayin'.

  7. MrKingstonAnderson Posted on July 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    10:15 I'll be a professional keyboard warrior FTW!

    but its sad that people are amused by "war porn" and desensitized enough to find it entertaining..

  8. Agrivated Killah Posted on September 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    war is a good thing[technologically, but horrible morally[unless in defense]

  9. Agrivated Killah Posted on September 10, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    @32ndegree One mans hero is the next mans devil.

  10. Thomas Posted on September 13, 2011 at 9:17 am

    blah blah blah skynet blah blah blah

  11. Jerzy Ulicki-Rek Posted on September 19, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Bloody hell!And to think that few years back I could find anyone to manufacture the remote controlled lawn mower:)
    Still don't..
    A lot of Jewish propaganda and warmongering wrapped in soft talk.Looks like they problem with cannon fodder for their wars.

    My message to this fellow:we don't need wars to start with.

    Jerzy Ulicki-Rek

  12. googleplus sucks Posted on October 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    fuck that shit! let´s build venus city!

  13. BreadFishy Posted on October 31, 2011 at 4:49 am

    This dudes f***ing awesome

  14. 4Gottlos Posted on November 13, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    @crazyalloch What are you talking about dude…

  15. George Bailey Posted on December 19, 2011 at 4:25 am

    Bobby!!! Stop playing MW3…The Pentagon is on the phone!!!

  16. George Bailey Posted on December 19, 2011 at 4:31 am

    The future of war will be online with ps3.

  17. mike carey Posted on January 15, 2012 at 1:49 am

    The Army's Robotics Rodeo is open to everyone! No cost! May 14 – 17 at Fort Benning, GA… The idea of Robots being used instead of humans really appeals to me. Especially Robots that can operate simply by an onboard computer program verses radio controlled Robots 🙂 Providing sniper fire, launching missles and grenades, clearing those Taliban caves and controlling "friendly" Afghan crowds is really appealing 🙂

  18. Otto Lund Posted on January 15, 2012 at 5:05 am


  19. bigpurple100 Posted on February 15, 2012 at 4:01 am

    the land of the brave but these guys are lost. more innovative ways to kill human beings and normally for money…but disguised as a some noble couse.
    the short sighted vision of our future by the peaple in the whithouse is worrying.

    whare does it all end?

  20. Martell Tha Cool Posted on February 17, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Quite Scary they're using robots against humanity…

  21. DaBrainFarts Posted on March 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    the end of mankind will come from its creation.

  22. Dror Ben Ami Posted on March 2, 2012 at 12:50 am

    it's us….people enjoy killing

  23. Peter W Posted on March 12, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    In a free society you can't and don't want to stop creation and ingenuity. What you want is that along with those processes there are also developed suitable ways of assessing and managing their roles and effects. I don't think we should be frightened of all these new things but simply be willing to take responsibility for their application and use. Claim your responsibility, rather than playing ostrich and wishing it would all go away. If you're not part of the process, someone else will be.

  24. Munro Craig-Hallam Posted on March 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    war is poo

  25. Munro Craig-Hallam Posted on March 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    robots are gonna take over if the scientists dont stop mindgasming. p.s making somthing bigger or better then an atomic bomb isnt an achievment

  26. Munro Craig-Hallam Posted on March 29, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    ted is fucked , it's audience must be confused. Wikileaks was interviewed on here and now they are showing war revolution. pricks

  27. Munro Craig-Hallam Posted on March 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    what do you mean, they dont put humans at risk? What about the humans that will be killed by the robots. This guy is a twat

  28. Munro Craig-Hallam Posted on March 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    what the fuck is ptsd, why doen't the guy get booooooed off

  29. Munro Craig-Hallam Posted on March 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    oops moments, twaaaaaaaaaaaats, death doesnt compare to an oops moment

  30. Munro Craig-Hallam Posted on March 29, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    this guys insane

  31. Munro Craig-Hallam Posted on March 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    i cant believe im listening to this

  32. HaydenHatTrick Posted on April 20, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    I know its probably a horrid thing to say, but with all reasons for war put together, profit is probably the most humane. On that same note, anything worth fighting for, if you have to fight for it, well, its probably someone's profit to deny what ever it is. Just saying, I wouldn't make anything of it.

  33. HaydenHatTrick Posted on April 21, 2012 at 12:06 am

    a very serious and educated talk. I completely agree with everything said, and to justify any point I have to make on this however, would need to be left for a long discussion. If I would need to have a long discussion just about a few points in this talk, this is something that desperately requires close attention before it can grow.

  34. vladnuke Posted on May 2, 2012 at 5:15 am

    This is a better direction to take… for me. I'm training to be a mechanical engineer, so this is great news for me! I'm looking at this and thinking "Hmm, we're not there yet, but could we go there?" I love robotics, I participate in my schools robotics team, and I can only say one thing about it: it will always be manned. There always needs to be someone at the controls, and our nation of sugar-hyped CoD players is ready for the job. Hell, you can pilot one of these things with a xbox.

  35. vladnuke Posted on May 2, 2012 at 5:20 am

    When you go to a robotics competition, you can always find something inherently wrong in every robot. One has a leaking pneumatics system, the other was coded by a three year old, and some just can't hook up with the field wi-fi because of router issues. Our robots will be plagued with such deficiencies. I'm imagining the world as a giant game of BattleBots. The problem is that they eventually found the perfect killing machine there, they'll find it here too. Eventually someone will find the

  36. vladnuke Posted on May 2, 2012 at 5:25 am

    I'm imagining the world as a giant game of BattleBots, each nation looking for the best way to destroy the other. The problem is that they eventually found the perfect killing machine in BattleBots, they'll find it here too. Then all the nations of the world will copy that design, and then it becomes a matter of strategy. Until someone changes the game, that is.

  37. Teemmmar Posted on May 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Well,I hope I can experience Deus Ex in my lifetime, with all those augmentations.

  38. tyrone williams Posted on May 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    And to think the same 2 top comments is from the same person

  39. Diarmuhnd Posted on May 18, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Robotic Pacification Combat Systems have no emotions, no morality, they feel no remorse & will kill civilians with a simple program change & the flick of a botton. No longer will governments have to worry that orders to open fire on civilians will be disobeyed.
    This is the future of war, where the insane minority will have the power to kill billions.

  40. whysguy3 Posted on May 20, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Robots are already killing killing civilians with the flick of a button. One of the world biggest problems right now might be that governments and the public don't believe that this is a serious enough issue to think about. Peter Singer hit the ball out of the park with this presentation. I just hope there people out there who will catch is and run with it.

  41. whysguy3 Posted on May 20, 2012 at 5:51 am

    I don't think you get the point Mr. Singer was trying to make. Mr. Singer was trying to illustrate that some gov. officials think that by sending all this amazing technology around the world strapped for war, that this will scare the locals into submitting to our technological authority and game over U.S. wins again. But this is not what is happening.what I got out of this was that it is in fact harming the image of Americans.That America my not be the kind of knight in shining armor as had been

  42. Michael Posted on May 29, 2012 at 7:06 am

    They don't get "72 virgins", more like "72 Virginians". Very angry Virginians.

  43. TheHaterOfUTube Posted on June 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Not surprised there is a 10% dislike rate. Stupid conservatives. Keep hugging your bible and hating brown people.

  44. Stanley Green Posted on June 17, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Not to be a sticker(which I am from stating the following), but to remind you of how quick technology progresses; this was over 4yrs ago. He did his research with the Bush administration. The weapons you see in this video are a far cry of some of the weaponry being used in remote regions under remote circumstances.

  45. LeeVing88 Posted on June 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    thanks robin williams

  46. crossfirex777 Posted on July 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    How can we claim that we've reached the stars, when we haven't reached the second closest star to us after the sun?

  47. FaiR Posted on July 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Problem is, our technology develops in the wrong direction. We develop technology to kill other humans, when we could be exploring the universe (yet we have not even explored our oceans yet).

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  49. Saint Augustine Posted on August 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Black Ops 2 brought me here, lol

  50. LeafVillItachi Posted on September 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    1:09, an xbox controller?

  51. Jesse Haffner Posted on October 29, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I don't believe that ther really is such a thing as a just war, that being said prior to the invention of the nuclear bomb it seems as tho the wars the US was involved in were slightly more just than the ones since. An the times we should hav maybe gone to war we didn't even giv a second thot, Clinton said his biggest mistake was not goin into Darfur an Rwanda, Obama's is going to be Syria. i understand we r sick of war but, yet we still are drone bombing Pakistan an Yemen. its interesting

  52. tehDevious Posted on November 23, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Yeah they use them as soldiers are more familiar with them.

  53. LeafVillItachi Posted on November 24, 2012 at 1:55 am

    I can perfectly see why 🙂

  54. chimemonster Posted on December 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    poor chap , he had the thankless job of talking about straight facts to a queasy intelligentsia.

  55. Nakuyomaru Posted on December 11, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    How many people in this room.. still use 'wang' computers.
    (No hands show)
    Its- the same thing..


  56. Amar Mirza Posted on January 30, 2013 at 3:43 am

    We spend more on our military than most of the rest of the world combined… I think we will be fine.

  57. Osama Obama Posted on February 14, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Today there's footage of Tesla-weapons in use in afghanistan, autonom drones guarding for the israelis…. theres nothing next.

  58. Dylan DeAngelis Posted on February 16, 2013 at 5:47 am

    4 years old…

  59. Nam Hoang Nguyen Posted on February 17, 2013 at 8:02 am

    My presentation on drones was completely based on this, and I got an A+ on it. Thank you 🙂

  60. Alison White Posted on February 18, 2013 at 3:26 am

    "No ethical problem with robots unless they start killing the wrong people repeatedly – then it's just a product recall" Yeah right – should we have confidence in the warmongers!?

  61. CIPHERJAY Posted on February 23, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Just have an online war…No need to have physical drones in a country to kill people. Eliminate people from dying by having an online war…

  62. Gus Schwartz Posted on March 19, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    @CIPHERJAY i hope to God you know how stupid that sounds

  63. Zack Martin Posted on March 20, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Almost four now..

  64. PyrrhosOfEpeiros Posted on April 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I suggest everyone read his book, "Wired for War".

  65. Eric Lieber Posted on May 16, 2013 at 4:03 am

    I like the information but I really fear the (killing machine)robotic arms race.

  66. Alien Machine Posted on May 16, 2013 at 4:16 am

    Why do we even need war?

  67. DragonAquarius Posted on July 5, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    We don't need to be better at morality. We just need to keep building better war robots.

  68. QuickFireGaming Posted on July 22, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Purely from a biologist's point of view when there is a lack of resources there is increased competition for resources. In human terms there are too many people on the planet and not enough space, energy and food to make them all happy then nations go to war. Personally I believe that if all the world's scientists and engineers got together with unlimited funds for one year then we could solve all world problems for a time and there would be no need for war, but that's never going to happen.

  69. Alien Machine Posted on July 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I totally agree. There will be people who crave "power" and those are nothing but Narcissists who want everything for themselves. We need to cure that illness first out of millions of humans and make us more civil and just minded. Then whatever you said will happen. It's because we don't think ourselves as a civilization, but archaic divisions like sex, color, religion etc. Science should be our new religion and it should lead us to the universal truth.

  70. QuickFireGaming Posted on July 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Likewise I agree with you on all of your points except for the last one. We do not have the right to tell people what they should and shouldn't believe and we can’t prove that God or Gods do not exist. In addition science and religion is entirely compatible. I know many scientists who are religious. I just wish that people stopped making stupid arguments for or against religion. They are so annoying and are just one of the many things that divide us.

  71. Alien Machine Posted on July 24, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I meant in the metaphorical way as religion which everyone follows, not referring to any actual religion. And yes, everyone has their own right to believe or not believe in something. But some religious people think Science is a danger rather than advancement for human beings. For example, cloning of humans is a crime against God(especially with the Christian faith). But France has moved towards this recently. Lets hope that science unite us than divide us.

  72. QuickFireGaming Posted on July 24, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    We can only hope…

  73. Tari1778 Posted on August 7, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    If progress is more effective killing i think it's very good to talk about it. But also to see things from a diffrent perspective, like your "enemy".

  74. MessageOfTheKingdom2 Posted on August 8, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    You are looking at the birth of the "worst time of trouble" that Yahshua and the prophets spoke about. You will need protection from Yahweh to make it through the Great Tribulation. There will be no rapture. Our obedience to Yahweh's Laws as taught by His House, The House of Yahweh will be our only protection. These last days will be like the days of Noah where only one man stood for the laws of Yahweh.

  75. Rossome4040 Posted on August 9, 2013 at 3:55 am

    Robots need to be commanded, therefore, there is a person who is always responsible. If a robot is used as a weapon a person is guilty of programming it to murder, unless it is accidental death.

  76. Tony Leon Posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:23 am

    Even worse is that soon you are going to be a victim of it also.

  77. Tony Leon Posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:24 am

    "It's just a goat"

  78. Tony Leon Posted on August 9, 2013 at 4:30 am

    You need to read the Bible again. Especially Matthew.

  79. Tiny777 Posted on August 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Tired of smart dumbasses such as this one thinking that this is simply the next "evolutionary" step.

    Robots will be a tool the exclude humanity who will take a back seat.

    Ultimately leading to our total enslavement.

    Like Elysium.

    There are no real terrorists.

    A robot is a tool, nothing else, but its a very powerful tool and considering the current evil powerstructure here on planet earth, this could end very bad for humanity.

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    The world is a fine place, and worth fighting for.

  81. Counter Tyranny Ops Posted on October 29, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Pro police state propaganda. Enjoy the Orwellian state…

  82. Counter Tyranny Ops Posted on November 6, 2013 at 11:12 am

    You won't think so when they are killing you and your family along will everyone else. The big bankers are exempt of course.

  83. Tiny777 Posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    mmm they really want to hammer it into our minds….

    God bless

  84. Solokeh Krontos Posted on November 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    You know there's a problem when someone says: "But we can turn to Hollywood."

  85. papablues050164 Posted on December 24, 2013 at 1:38 am

    It worries me more that there seems to be this moral detachment in the use of these drones. The drone itself has no consciousness of its actions, nevertheless it's easy for a politician to order the death of a dozen people he doesn't have to look. A better question is how could these drones be used in humanitarian purposes, for the spread of humanitarian relief in times of disaster. Why aren't our leaders applying this technology to helping people instead of killing them? 

  86. Bart Gatsby Posted on January 7, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Did he mention Microsoft's Zune? XD

  87. RelatedGiraffe Posted on February 21, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    I think it's amazing how this guy can stand there and speak as if there were good guys and bad guys, like American lives are the only lives that are worth anything, and like U.S has to keep the lead in military technology in order to be able to suppress these "bad guys". Who cares about if the U.S. stays in the top? For the rest of the world, it is the U.S. that are the bad guys, trying to police the rest of the world, at the same time imprinting in everyone's mind how good they are saving us from these bad guys through media. Fuck this shit, I'm tired of it. I really hope the American military industry, the large banks, together with the rest of all the powerful controlling forces in the world would just crash and burn so that everyone else could live in peace and not have to worry about this shit. At least the speaker asked the right question in the end of the video.

  88. Sassafrasican Posted on February 22, 2014 at 9:14 am

    6:00 i think it perpetuates the myth that terrorists simply hate the west for its "freedoms" when one throws around terms like "72 virgins". i'm pretty sure this was not a motivational factor for the suicide-bombing chechnyan widows or the women from the western 'provinces' which china occupies. using drones to further industrialise america's terror on the world will not stop terrorism; quite the contrary. fix your foreign policy first. 

  89. Александр Круглов Posted on December 12, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    this guy added Russia in a list of countries  like Pakistanan Iran??!?! wtf? and I bet he is such a pus•• to get in a fight but maniac enough to start kill people distantly like he said about distant shooters. Dear Mr Singer^ please take your boyscout's patriotic phobias  away and stop spreading the idea of military innovations because the better it gets the worse it ends. (a moment in a history that should teach u a lesson – Cuban missile crisis )

  90. Mr Clarkson Posted on February 11, 2016 at 12:10 am

    The USA is 50% of global defense spending,so the US domination in Drone tech is here to stay…:)

  91. BiGaRi0uS Posted on April 12, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    I believe that we shouldn't use unmanned drones to kill our enemies. We should always have the human controller manning it if it can kill. The only unmanned robots that should be allowed are those that merely assist soldiers without directly assisting them in killing, such as those dog carrier robots they use to carry stuff.

  92. Young Padawan Posted on October 8, 2016 at 10:54 am

    This is crazy

  93. lastmanxa Posted on November 10, 2016 at 8:44 am

    i thought TED is a portal to share knowledge and not to allow some moron to insult Muslims ..
    and by the way if you think robots and drowns can save live then be worn that the same can be used to take lives too

  94. Cat Posted on November 22, 2016 at 8:26 am

    I'm on the fence about military robots. On one hand, it can remove the costs of war, but on the other hand, it would consequently make us do it more.

  95. CdyDgyRny Yarbrough Posted on April 21, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Ok, 13:35 is where I draw the line. He shows a soldier with artificial legs and puts up the quote, "We can rebuild him, We have the technology." that right there is just disrespectful. He lost his limbs fighting for us, we owe it that him to give him the chance to walk again.

  96. The Fabsisters Posted on May 7, 2018 at 3:34 am

    nice but try this one

  97. UnNainConnu Posted on September 30, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    The subtitles are out of sync 🙁