Soul of A New Machine
The perils of high-tech data mining and war making
Wired for War:
The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century
by P. W. Singer
Penguin Press HC, The
$29.95 List Price
More than a century ago, inventor Nikola Tesla saw the potential of remote-controlled weapons in war. In the 1890s, he used radio waves to steer a small boat before a crowd at Madison Square Garden, but when he tried to sell the idea of a remote-fired torpedo to the United States government, the official who listened to the inventor’s proposal “burst out laughing.” Tesla died penniless, a man ahead of his time.