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Acclaimed one of many "seminal books... related in final significance to... Galileo or Malthus or Rousseau or Mill", Cybernetics was once judged by way of twenty-seven historians, economists, educators, and philosophers to be a type of books released throughout the "past 4 decades," that can have a considerable influence on public proposal and motion within the years ahead." -- Saturday Review

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Very few Goliaths were actually used in combat (there were still almost 4,000 of them waiting for action in 1945) (Hahn 1987, 100). 5 tons (4 tons for a later version), which could deliver an explosive charge of 1,100lbs; it entered 18 Killer Robots service in April 1942. It was designated B IV vehicle and was in many respects far more sophisticated than the better known Goliath. B IV could be driven by a human driver or be remote-controlled by radio. It was armored, could reach a speed of 25mph, and travel a maximum distance of 75 miles.

But the American and Soviet ambition was to go beyond near-earth space and to explore our solar system. From the beginning it was obvious that it was unlikely that humans could conquer space without the help of robots. So the conceptualization 22 Killer Robots of unmanned space exploration began even before the era of manned spaceflight. The physicist and computer pioneer John von Neumann developed in the 1950s the idea of self-replicating automata, which could be sent into space and which could explore and populate our solar system, and later our galaxy, speedily, as their numbers could grow exponentially.

That capability, coupled with our radar evading stealth technology might make the classic dogfight obsolete’ (Nichols 1998, 15). The implication is that a human pilot might be in most cases no better (maybe even worse) in determining which targets to engage than a computer, as both would rely on the same sensor data. Although sensors, mines and smart weapons seem to have little in common with the killer robots of popular fiction, they have at least some characteristics of robots: they are automated or programmed and they use sensors to direct them to their targets.

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