|In the early 90s I used to play this game called F-19 Stealth Fighter. You flew missions in the Middle East and Russia. As I flew my simulated fighter I imagined my control inputs were being beamed to an unmanned fighter that was flying half a world away. Because my computer was very slow the game play was choppy. My imagination said this was an artifact of jamming or some type of enemy action along those lines. In the real world we see this happening with the predator. There are predators that are now armed. It seems to me this trend will continue. The question is, how far does anyone who reads this think it will go? Will there be robotic infantry, soon, or is that a hundred years in the future? Here are some more questions:
1. If humans control these robotic soldiers remotely, how would such a force be organized?
2. If the ability to jam transmissions is a function of distance do you think it would be best to have controllers near the FEBA to exert localized control?
3. What degree of autonomy would such units have?
4. What might robotic infantry look like? Would you have anthropomorphic designs or something else?
5. Does anyone think a science fiction novel with this kind of setup would be interesting?