Paul Scharre, a former U.S. Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and current director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, wrote the nonfiction book Army of None, and it just won a $5,000 award named for the late CIA director William E. Colby.
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According to US News, who announced this stunning development., the Colby prize is “given annually since 1999 by Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont” and “is presented for a work of fiction or non-fiction about military history, intelligence operations or international affairs”.
Scharre’s work fit the bill quite perfect. The book aims to inform us, the public, of the benefits and the drawbacks against the growing technology used in the military with a focus on autonomous weapons.
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“The era of autonomous weapons has arrived,” the book’s description reads, and it leads to a million-and-three questions. What can they do? Have we tried to ban them? What has resulted from those bans? What are the legal issue surrounded their use? What about the ethical issues?
Paul Scharre’s book is comprehensive read that follows his investigation into autonomous weapons. It’s is a history book that spans back to World War II, a report that presents the facts as they exist today in our modern world, and gets philosophical with its legal and ethical questions.
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And who better to speak on these issues than Paul Scharre? A former U.S. Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Paul Scharre is the director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He been on programs such as MSNBC to Fox News to CNN.
We congratulate him for his award and we invite you to read it, but we warn you it’s not an easy read.
Not because it utilizes complex and lofty language, but because, like it or not, the future is here.
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