17 comments on “Little Boys and Blue Skies

  1. The genealogy of drone/remote weapon systems is in a direct line with nuclear ie hydrogen bombs. It was necessary to develop computers ie cybernetic approaches to problem solving as well the hardware itself, to develop the hydrogen bomb. The scientists who developed the atomic bomb did so without the computer, and, in this sense, still had a foot in the human scale of things.

    The scale of destruction etc. of an individual weapon may be less important than the cybernetic structure of the weapon. Nuclear weapons were not cybernetic themselves, but a cybernetic network quickly grew up around them.

    These command and control systems made those needed for drones possible.

    In a tangential way you may find my post http://atomicgeography.com/2015/02/05/the-geopoetic-cyborg/ interesting.

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