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The Cybernetic Way of War

23 Feb 2009

The idea of cybernetics didn't just give rise to the internet. Through its successor discipline of network-centric warfare, it has also burrowed into American and Israeli military culture. Where did those ideas come from, and what has their effect been on the war in Iraq, 2006's Israel-Lebanon war, and the current war in Gaza?

Speakers: Eyal Weizman, author of Hollow Land; Antoine Bousquet, author of The Scientific Way of Warfare. Chair: James Harkin, author of Cyburbia: The Dangerous Idea That's Changing How We Live and Who We Are.

Further reading: Israel was out of the loop in Lebanon. James Harkin, the ICA's lead programmer for the Feedback season writes in the Beirut Daily Star about cybernetic feedback and Israel's 2006 war in Lebanon.

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