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Soviet drones of yesteryear

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Military robots are having their fifteen minutes, from The Daily Show to the pages of The New Yorker. Amid all the talk of revolution, it might be worth asking what happened to the Soviet teletank, and why it didn’t last beyond the first few years of World War II.

It’s an interesting question, given that the “revolution in military affairs” in U.S. defense circles has its intellectual roots in the Soviet Union’s “military-technical revolution” … a concept that would be difficult to untangle from the Soviet Union’s social and cultural relationship with cybernetics

The (purely speculative) point:  there’s something in the “robot revolution” that’s more than a straightforward matter of military capability, that points to deeper societal and historical trends. It might be sympotmatic of a return to isolationism, or something else. Whatever it is, it’s worth examining, before the revolution moves much further.

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Written by Mark

February 19, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Posted in Military & Security, Technology

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