October 1996

Root Page of Article: Coming Out of the Closedt World, by John Horberg

Military Leaders

We often take for granted that the military itself would be a staunch supporter of high-technology electronic battle systems, especially given our television experience of the Gulf War. Interestingly, Edwards documents instances of military personnel rebelling against human soldiers being replaced by machines -- sometimes on the same grounds as civilians oppose being deskilled and displaced by computers, sometimes on the fears that totally automating war-making capabilities could result in horrible mistakes being made.

As Neil Postman says in Technopoly, those who are the greatest losers of a new technology are often tricked into being that technology1s biggest cheerleaders. Even, it seems, when the losers are the U.S. military. ^

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