Peace, War and Computers / Edition 1

Peace, War and Computers / Edition 1

by Chris Hables Gray
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415928850

ISBN-13: 9780415928854

Pub. Date: 12/28/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Computers are at the heart of war today: The U.S. Navy relies on Palm Pilots as much as fighter pilots. American cybersaboteurs unleashed computer viruses against Slobodon Milosevic in Yugoslavia. Even Marxist guerrillas in Colombia report that the computers they use to track kidnappings are Y2K compliant. A visionary and disarming overview of cyberwar in the…  See more details below

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Computers are at the heart of war today: The U.S. Navy relies on Palm Pilots as much as fighter pilots. American cybersaboteurs unleashed computer viruses against Slobodon Milosevic in Yugoslavia. Even Marxist guerrillas in Colombia report that the computers they use to track kidnappings are Y2K compliant. A visionary and disarming overview of cyberwar in the 21st Century, Peace, War, and Computers looks beyond the gadgets of techno-warfare and the early predictions of a purely "cyberspace" war to reveal how electronic culture has changed the way we wage war and peace. Drawing on informatics and chaos theory, Gray shows that, despite our Star-Wars fantasies, postmodern war is a complex system that cannot be controlled or predicted from outside. Unmanned aircraft - soon to be followed by remote-control naval fleets - may appear to make warfare more sterile, less bloody. But as the fighting in Somalia showed, sometimes the highest technology sometimes can't win the simplest conflict. Even the best missile defense system envisioned by the military would have been useless against box-cutters on September 11. Essential reading for anyone interested in computers, politics, and the cutting edge of military strategy and theory, Peace, War, and Computers unlocks the power and pitfalls of computers for war - and peace - in a world where total war is unthinkable.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415928854
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1The new normal isn't3
2Real war and postmodern illusions23
3Globalization : who will rule the world?47
4The politics of technologies/the technologies of politics69
5The future present of peace and resistance to war97
6Art as politics by other means119
7The possibilities of citizenship137
8Reasons for hope155

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