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Droning On, Terminator Dept. 1

At Asia Times, Nick Turse looks to the future Drone Wars. A nugget:

In some ways, of course, the future is now. When the first Terminator movie was released in 1984, its HKs seemed as futuristic as its time-traveling cyborg title-character. Nearly three decades later, we’re living in an age in which armed robots do regularly surveil, track, and kill people. But instead of a self-aware computer network known as Skynet, it’s the American president or his intelligence officials and military officers who determine the human targets to be terminated by unmanned hunter-killer craft.


1 comment

  1. George

    June 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Google the YouTube trailer for Sleep Dealer. A Mexican sci-fi film maker made a logical extension of the drone fetish part of a movie a few years ago. It didn’t do very well. Made people a little too uncomfortable although it was clearly shot in a cheap satirical manner. I won’t be buying this book. I don’t need to be reminded that we don’t run this country, we just coincidentally now live here. If I’d know that being a shitty techno-thriller writer would be valuable in US military circles I might have done things very differently.