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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 19, May 13, 2007, Article 10

ON AWARDING MEDALS TO ROBOTS

Tony Tumonis writes: "I would be shocked to see our military awarding
medals to machines.  This isn't OZ and these robots are not the Tin man.
I understand awarding a medal to a non-human comrade, as they have a
heart and feel pain.  During World War II my father fought in the
Philippines and they had a dog that would run from tent to tent
awakening the soldiers on an impending bombing run by the Japanese,
long before anyone could hear the planes.  This gave the men time to
get safely into their foxholes.  It didn't take long for everybody to
become attached to this dog.

"After the Philippines were liberated, and the time came for them to
go home, they didn't want to leave the dog behind for fear of it
becoming the natives next meal so they smuggled him aboard the troop
ship bound for Australia.  Australia had strict laws then regarding
animals coming in, so they taught the dog to lay perfectly still and
quiet inside a duffel bag.  If our military starts to give awards to
robots, does that mean that will they have to start giving awards to
their battered Humvees or risk facing a discrimination lawsuit?"

 WILL A ROBOT EARN A PURPLE HEART?
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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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