Klostermeme XII

Chuck Klosterman IV is rife with meme fodder. The Klostermeme series features these questions, my answers, my speculations on how Klosterman would answer and an invitation to the reader to answer these questions in the comments!

How would your views about war, politics, and the role of the military change if all future conflicts were fought by armies of robots (that is to say, if all nations agreed to conduct wars exclusively with machines so that human casualties would be virtually nonexistent)?

My Answer: Putting aside the fact that armies of robots is a bad idea (all it takes is one self-aware robot and we are SCREWED!), I would certainly feel BETTER about war if there were no human casualties. But I still think that violence is pretty futile and doesn’t really solve the issues at the core of any conflict. There are always going to be times when physical conflict is necessary (WWII), but for the most part, negotiation is the best way to end a conflict. If you’re already agreeing with every nation that you will use robots, why not agree on other terms as well so the robots never have to be turned on?

Of course, all it takes is one country to break their promise and program their robots to kill people. So I guess my views don’t really change much. I’m a pacifist who doesn’t believe that everybody will be willing to play by the rules.

Klosterman Theory: He would be fine with this. He doesn’t fear robots.

Your answers in the comments!



  1. Technically, Daleks aren’t robots.

  2. I know. I just liked the picture. Cybermen aren’t all robot either. I guess I should probably change it.

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