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Four Burning Questions for P.W. Singer


P.W. Singer, Brookings Institution

P.W. Singer, Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, answers four burning questions for the McGill Reporter ahead of his delivery of the 2012 Media@McGill Beaverbrook Annual Lecture on November 29. As an expert of war and robotics, Singer discusses the future of war, the growing role of cyberwarfare, and what he calls "militainment" - the relationship between the defense sector and the games industry. Click here to read the full article.

He will be giving a talk, titled, "Wired for War: Everything you Wanted to Know About Robots and War, But Were Afraid to Ask," on Thursday, November 29, at 6:00 p.m. at the Faculty of Law's Moot Court (3660 Peel Street).

Singer is the author of Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century (Penguin, 2009); Children at War (Pantheon, 2005); and Corporate Warrior: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry (Cornell University Press, 2003). As the youngest scholar to be named senior fellow in Brooking’s history, he has also been mentioned on Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers list, the Smithsonian Institution’s list of 100 “leading innovators in the nation,” and CNN’s “New Guard” list of the next generation of newsmakers. Singer has acted as a consultant for the U.S. Department of Defense and the FBI, and as adviser to a host of entertainment programs – most recently for the forthcoming sequel to the popular Call of Duty games, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.