Daniel Suarez is one of my favorite SciFi writers because he takes the technology trends happening today and draws a line into the future to warn us of what dystopian nightmare awaits if we take the humanity out of technology. I have recommended his book, Daemon to many people as a must read if you’re involved in the world of news feeds, reputation systems, and social media.
There’s now a TED talk where Daniel introduces the latest in drone technology and talks about the need to reign in the march towards automating the use of these drones in warfare. Tracing the history of weapons to the evolution of the modern nation state, he views drones as a corrosive catalyst that allows power to aggregate back to small, powerful, and ultimately anonymous organizations.
Suarez’s latest book, Kill Decision is about this very topic.