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What is wrong with bloodless war?

Continuing the conversation following Daniel Suarez's fascinating TEDGlobal Talk,'The Kill Decision Shouldn't Belong To A Robot,' and Skype's Found in Translation Session, we wanted to ask: What is wrong with bloodless war? Is that the vision presented in the talk? What are the implications of autonomous combat drones?

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  • Jul 5 2013: If it is "Bloodless" then it is NOT war.
    If it IS war, then it will NOT be "Bloodless".

    Just because the weapon will not have a living operator behind it does NOT mean the the targets of the weapon will not be "living" targets.
    And if you remove the horror of war, the absolute horror and toll to the psyche of killing, then you remove any incentive to end war and the people killed by autonomous machines just become tally points on a data sheet.

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