Drones - When Video Games Collide With Reality
Intentionally or not, the military often creates unique technologies and with them previously non-existent challenges. Consider the Predator Drone program. Advances in technology have created weapons which can be controlled remotely so that the pilot can be half way around the world. With this in mind, and considering the Orson Scott Card novel Ender's Game, how do ethics and morals connect with video games?
Read the following articles and then watch the video/listen to the podcasts and consider the responsibilities of game designers and the relationship between game and reality.
- Scientific American: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/drone-wars-pilots-reveal-debilitating-stress-beyond-virtual-battlefield/
- Stripes.com: https://www.stripes.com/news/the-war-room-daily-transition-between-battle-home-takes-a-toll-on-drone-operators-1.95949
- NPR FreshAir Interview: P.W. Singer and "The Ethical, Psychological Effects of Robotic Warfare" http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113996743