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Computers and War CS 195, Social Implications of Computers
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War is All About Technology Castles Catapults Boats Horses Arrows Swords Guns ...
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Computers in War (a few examples) 1940: Alan Turing et al. decrypt Enigma messages. 1970s-80s: Nuclear attack warning systems several false alarms; no World War III because human beings had to authorize retaliatory attacks. 1983: Strategic Defense Initiative (“Star Wars”) would allow autonomous computer-controlled satellites to fire anti-missile weapons without human intervention.
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Autonomous Weapons DARPA is a major sponsor of robotics research. “Smart bombs” Drone aircraft The main importance of autonomous
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Unformatted text preview: The main importance of autonomous weaponry is political , rather than military: – Traditionally, governments are restrained from waging war because citizens don’t want their The United States at War • Defensive wars: – 1812 – World War II (arguably) • Internal war: – Civil War • Imperialist/Interventionist/Policing wars (you decide): – Northwest Indian War, Seminole Wars, Mexican-American War, Second Opium War, Paraguay Expedition, Cheyenne War, Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War, Boxer Rebellion, Occupation of Nicaragua, Occupation of...
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