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EMSIAC Wars: Re-inserting the Human in Bernard Wolfe’s Limbo

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EMSIAC Wars : Re-inserting the Human in Bernard Wolfe’s Limbo. / Ryder, Mike.

In: Extrapolation, Vol. 61, No. 3, 30.11.2020, p. 249-267.

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Ryder, Mike. / EMSIAC Wars : Re-inserting the Human in Bernard Wolfe’s Limbo. In: Extrapolation. 2020 ; Vol. 61, No. 3. pp. 249-267.

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title = "EMSIAC Wars: Re-inserting the Human in Bernard Wolfe{\textquoteright}s Limbo",
abstract = "Bernard Wolfe{\textquoteright}s dystopian satire Limbo (1952) remains a critically under-discussed work, and despite its many controversies, offers important insight into the ethical dilemmas surrounding modern-day drone warfare and human-machine relations. While the EMSIAC war computers in Limbo may be blamed for World War III, they are only ever a scapegoat to shift blame away from the humans who follow orders blindly, and themselves behave much like machines. To this end, this paper will explore the ethical implications of Wolfe{\textquoteright}s novel and what it means for the way we wage wars with robotic drones controlled by humans from afar.",
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