Essay Military Robotics

725 WordsJul 15, 20113 Pages
The US Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines have deployed approximately 6,000 robots (Mokhoff). As one can see, robotic technology in the military is playing an ever-increasing role. More importantly, they are taking humans out of danger by going into dangerous situations that would be considered suicide missions to humans. Robots are particularly used for roles dealing with what people in the field call the “Three D’s”-tasks that are dull, dirty, or dangerous. Many military missions can be incredibly boring as well as physically taxing. “Humans turn out to be really bad at doing routine things; but a robot would be happy to sit there all night, standing watch without ever becoming distracted, sleepy, or bored” commented Charles E. Thorpe,…show more content…
Even if a person is not hit the pressure from the blast by itself can break bones. This soldier had been right on top of the bomb. As the flames and debris cleared, the rest of the team advanced. They found little remaining of their teammate. They loaded the remains onto a helicopter, which took them back to the team’s base near Baghdad International Airport. That night the team’s commander did his duty and wrote home about the incident. He apologized for his inability to change what had happened. He wrote, “at least when a robot dies, you don’t have to write a letter to its mother” (Singer). The “Soldier” was a 42-pound robot called a PackBot. The PackBot mounts all sorts of cameras and sensors, as well as an arm with four joints that extends over two meters to allow it to examine suspicious objects on EOD missions. If it weren’t for this robot to scout ahead the rest of the EOD team wouldn’t have survive the explosion (Singer). In conclusion, robotic technology is changing the future of warfare. Robots are used to save and protect, not harm innocent lives. The idea of robots replacing humans in the military is very unlikely. In order for a robot to do something it needs a human to program it and tell it what to do (Singer). Fully autonomous robots that may harm the wrong people presents ethical, legal, and command challenges determining who was responsible for the robot’s actions (the officer that put the robot into action and instructed it on its target or the
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