Warrior Geeks (LSE Lecture)

LSE IDEAS public lecture and book launch.

Warrior Geeks: how 21st century technology is changing the way we fight and think about war


Professor Christopher Coker
Professor of International Relations at LSE.

In his latest book Christopher Coker explains how the latest technologies are transforming the face of war.  We are folding men into a cybernetic system that will be able to read their thoughts as well as monitor their actions. On the battlefields of tomorrow men and machines will co-exist in an uneasy relationship. Are we in danger of losing touch with our humanity – the name we give not only to a species but the qualities it is deemed to embody? In revaluing technology are we devaluing our own humanity?


This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

PLEASE NOTE: Entry is on a first come, first served basis.


Please note this is NOT a hosted event, really sorry about this but I'm not available this night and occasionally I just can't find a host to replace me. If anyone wants to print out a Meetup sign and try to identify each other, you can find the sign here:

The event is[masked]pm. Please try to be there at 6pm because sometimes the LSEs lectures do get full, so PLEASE arrive early as the event is first come first serve.

At 8pm, if you can find each other, I suggest you adjourn to the Princess Louise pub in Holborn.


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  • Kevin

    When the Homeland Security office in the US began talking about building large databases to track everyone, I remember laughing along with a group of other IT people. Skynet would be just around the corner! Where was Neo?! And we laughed because we thought such an ambitious project would ultimately collapse under its own complexity. The computers aren't always as connected and coordinated as people might think. Still - the idea of high tech still appeals to decision makers who perhaps place too much value on it. It was a very good talk. Perhaps a bit paranoid though!

    May 2, 2013

  • Kevin

    As I listened to the talk about predictions for future technology, I realised that society is probably informed about the rate of technological progression through hardware more than software. Whereas advances in computer hardware appear in the press to happen at a geometric rate, the rate of progress in software doesn't get as much attention. Being a software developer myself, I would say as a broad comment that hardware has advanced far more than software. But to make expert systems and 'intelligent' robots, you ultimately need programmers. I think as a group, software developers are grappling with making things that can keep up with added complexity. Whereas hardware has appeared to go through revolution, software seems (to me anyway) to plod along with evolution. The data sets get 'bigger' but our capacity to analyse them does not necessarily keep up.

    May 2, 2013

  • Kevin

    Well I met one other person from the group but was a bit mystified we didn't see more people. It was an interesting talk. If I can summarise it correctly, the idea is that the military often mistrusts the human element in warfare: people are inconsistent, they can be overcome by emotion and they can become stressed out. Perhaps as a whole, society likes robots because we don't trust our own judgment. Perhaps we don't trust our own judgment because we don't question our own nature enough anymore. Maybe society has removed a bit of the human soul from its day-to-day interests? And if I extend the train of thought, if we don't ask ourselves a lot of important philosophical questions, then the lack of answers may lead us to think there is risk in human decision making.

    May 2, 2013

  • Eh'den

    Sorry had to cancel so late! If someone will record the session I would love to hear/see it.

    May 2, 2013

  • Franka

    :( going to be stuck at work and can't make it anymore

    May 2, 2013

  • Kevin

    I understand we're going to have problems finding a host. I can't get there early enough to meet with everyone before the event. But I'll write "Meetup" on a sign and hold it up afterwards when people exit. To make it easier, I'll be wearing my black and red plaid lumberjack shirt (I call it my Canadian dinner jacket ;) )

    May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    looks amazing!

    April 27, 2013

  • Liam

    Looks good but off to Dark Societies instead!

    April 26, 2013

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