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Rowman & Littlefield International
Feldman, Allen (contributions)/Caygill, Howard (contributions)/Kendall, Sara (contributions)/Feldman, Allen (contributions)/Caygill, Howard (contributions)/Kendall, Sara (contributions)/Feldman, Allen (contributions)/Caygill, Howard (contributions)/Kendall, Sara (contributions)
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War and Algorithm

Häftad,  Engelska, 2019-10-11
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Traditional concepts of social, political, and legal theory are increasingly at odds with current practices of warfare, while more recent poststructuralist theories tend to mimic their form. A conceptual framework for capturing the real-world phenomena is missing. In robotics and artificial intelligence, particularly in weapon systems that are constituted as man-machine ensembles, there are no longer agents to whom responsibility could be ascribed, making fundamental legal concepts inapplicable. These technologies become self-validating, morally blind practices. And yet, the visual systems employed in warfare, and the rhetoric surrounding them, follow the paradigm and dream of omnivoyance, a Gods eye view of the world. This idea of perfect accuracy and completeness of vision (and hence knowledge) seemingly affords objectivity to the acts carried out by the systems. It is forgotten that any form of vision produces its own forms of invisibilities (and therefore ignorance). Together the three chapters and their respondents demonstrate that it is less and less possible to articulate the oppositions between knowledge and ignorance, lawfulness and lawlessness, and visibility and invisibility, leading to a stasis in which acts of war, and war-like acts continue to spread, while their precise nature becomes increasingly difficult to pin down. Closing on a manifesto, jointly authored by Liljefors, Noll and Steuer, the book draws further conclusions regarding the changing forms of violence and likely consequences of a fully digitalized world.
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This very powerful and disturbing book opens up a host of deeply problematic interconnections between humans and machines, war and climate catastrophe, formal and informal warfare, law and vision and blindness. The authors and commentators, who have coordinated their work over some considerable time, bring an exceptionally original and complementary set of approaches to their topic. To speak of impact would be crass, but this major contribution to social theory deserves to attract a good deal of attention. -- William Outhwaite, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Newcastle University

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Max Liljefors is a Professor in the Division of Art History and Visual Studies, Lund University. Gregor Noll is a Professor in the Department of Law, University of Gothenburg. Daniel Steuer is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics, University of Brighton.


Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: Our Emerging World of War Max Liljefors, Gregor Noll and Daniel Steuer 2. Prolegomena to Any Future Attempt at Understanding Our Emerging World of War Daniel Steuer 3. Anthropokenosis and the Emerging World of War Howard Caygill 4. War by Algorithm: The End of Law? Gregor Noll 5. Laws Ends: On Algorithmic Warfare and Humanitarian Violence Sara Kendall 6. Omnivoyance and Blindness Max Liljefors 7. Of the Pointless View: From the Ecotechnology to the Echotheology of Omnivoyant War Allen Feldman 8. Visions Max Liljefors, Gregor Noll and Daniel Steuer Bibliography About the Authors Index