Remote Control War – documentary video

STOP PRESS:  We’ve been contacted by the makers of this video to take it off our site:

“Hi, We are a small production company in canada, not a big monster.  and we agree, this is really important, but when you put in online it makes it way harder for our distribtor, PBS Internatonal, to sell it to BBC or ch4 or anyone else where thousands of people in the UK would see it.  So if your goal is to spread the word, please pull the video and get peple to email PBS in the states.  the more they can show demand the easier it will be to put it on a bigger broadcaster.  And you’re taking food off our table, and that’s really bad karma.    Cheers,  Zoot Pictures Inc.”

As they have asked so nicely we have agreed to remove it from our site.  Last time we checked it’s still on youtube but may not be much longer.  Let’s hope it get picked up by a broadcaster here in the UK soon.

Remote Control War is a great Canadian TV documentary about military unmanned systems which someone has kindly put up on youtube.  It may be pulled at anytime so watch it while you can!

The film makers say:

Remote Control War illustrates how warfare is being revolutionized in a monumental shift unlike anything in our human history. The current campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan exemplify the world’s first Robotic War.  The American robotic fleet, almost non-existent when the US and its allies invaded Iraq in 2003, has today grown to number 7,000 robots in the air and 12,000 others on the ground.  Some 43 other countries, including Canada, are now using robots in combat.

Remote Control War hunts down the most up-to-date information on military robotics. The film makerse travel to Europe, Israel and across North America, gaining entry to the Pentagon, robotic production facilities and cutting-edge research laboratories. While discovering the latest technology, they pose the serious ethical questions we need to ask: When robots are used to kill human beings, what are the new rules of engagement?

Features interviews with:

• Lt. General David Deptula, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance

• Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize winner

• Peter W. Singer, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century

• Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine

• David Rohde, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times investigative reporter

• Philip Alston United Nations Special Rapporteur

• Noel Sharkey, Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Sheffield.

 Produced by Leslea Mair and directed by Leif Kaldor for Zoot Pictures in association with CBC-TV.

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