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Jihad

Madison, WI, United States

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  • Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By P. W. Singer
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (90)

    A military expert reveals how science fiction is fast becoming reality on the battlefield, changing not just how wars are fought, but also the politics, economics, laws, and ethics that surround war itself. Singer’s previous books foretold the rise of private military contractors and the advent of child soldiers - predictions that have proved all too accurate. Now he explores the greatest revolution in military affairs since the atom bomb: robotic warfare. We are now seeing a massive shift in military technology....

    Nelson Alexander says: "Techno-Sprawl: A Dissenting Opinion"
    "excelent review"
    Overall

    attractive overview on the subject of the military robotics. very much liked his chapter on strategies of using robots (swarm vs. mother ship)
    The author tried to be very comprehensive. However, marine and ground robots are not as well covered as flying robots. It might be that they are not as developed.

    Over all an excellent book to listen to.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Taming the Beloved Beast: How Medical Technology Costs Are Destroying Our Health Care System

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Daniel Callahan
    • Narrated By Xavier Paul Cadeau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Technological innovation is deeply woven into the fabric of American culture, and is no less a basic feature of American health care. Medical technology saves lives and relieves suffering, and is enormously popular with the public, profitable for doctors, and a source of great wealth for industry. Yet its costs are rising at a dangerously unsustainable rate. The control of technology costs poses a terrible ethical and policy dilemma. How can we deny people what they may need to live and flourish?

    Jihad says: "Nice topic"
    "Nice topic"
    Overall

    The author has raised excellent points on the subject of health care economics. The book is generally useful. His attempt to formulate strategies and philosophy of the health care system are very good.

    No technical arguments on the medical technology subject. This could have been a positive addition. He could have compared use of the low cost ultrasound to the very expensive MRI in some overlapping applications or CT to MRI. More rational use of PET CT.

    I would love to hear a comparison between the low cost of gamma radiation therapy to hyper costly proton therapy in non-exclusive applications. An ironic example is use of protons to treat prostate cancer where the much lower cost IMRT is routine.


    The audio reader did not do a good job. His style of breaking or almost laughing was quite distracting to me. To be fair, stating numbers is a difficult task.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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