An absence of malice: computers and Armageddon

Perry Morrison

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    Abstract

    This paper addresses the impact of computers on the nuclear arms race and argues that improvements in computer technology have directly led to the diminishing warning and decision period available to human commanders in the event of an accidental outbreak of nuclear war. To support this thesis, a brief and general history of the application of computers to strategic weapons systems is given and evidence is presented which confirms the unreliability and error proneness of current computer-based weapons control systems. The main point of discussion however, involves an emerging proposal to completely automate the strategic systems of the United States and the associated problems and dangers, given present inadequacies.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)190-200
    Number of pages11
    JournalPrometheus
    Volume 2
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1984

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