10. Smart Warfare: Rise of the Machines

Missile-equipped drones. Smart bullets. Laser guns. Robot soldiers.

While we’re not yet living in the science fiction world of self-aware killer robots, the face of combat is certainly changing. We have the Internet of Things (IoT) to thank—or blame—for that.

The Past, Present, Future of Tech-Based Warfare

Science fiction has imagined a variety of dystopic futures. That seems to be part and parcel of the genre. Malevolent robots, giant mechanical killing machines, particle-beam weapons—that sort of thing. The type of battlefield you see in Terminator and Star Wars—combat where human beings are little more than cannon fodder for the cyborgs and robotic weapons controlled from afar by digital commanders. ...

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