© 2022 Public Radio Tulsa
800 South Tucker Drive
Tulsa, OK 74104
(918) 631-2577

A listener-supported service of The University of Tulsa
PRT Header Color
classical 88.7 | public radio 89.5
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Science Week: P.W. Singer Traces the Rise of Robotics in Warfare

By Rich Fisher


Tulsa, Oklahoma – It's Science Week here on StudioTulsa --- and so we're offering a series of five interesting conversations from our archives, each of them concerning various matters scientific. On this edition of the program, we ask: What happens when soldiers are routinely replaced by robots? And how might society --- and politics, law, and war itself --- be changed by such a replacement? Our guest on StudioTulsa is the defense specialist and author P.W. Singer, who tells us about how the world is now on the cusp of a major shift in warfare. The shift, in short, concerns the alarming rise of super-sophisticated robotics on the battlefield. Singer has been following this shift --- tracing its science-fiction-like development; monitoring its rapid growth and dispersal --- and he fully reports on the shift in his book, "Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century."