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The Machine That Won the War

"The Machine That Won the War" is a short science fiction story written by Isaac Asimov. It revolves around a computer called Multivac that is credited with winning the war. The story takes place...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2018, 6:00 pm (UTC)

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The Machine That Won the War

Situational irony is irony that occurs when something happens that is different from the expected outcome. In "The Machine that Won the War," this happens a few times as readers discover how the...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2017, 3:08 pm (UTC)

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The Machine That Won the War

The title of Isaac Asimov's short story is ironic. The machine of the title is a large computer (in Asimov's day a computer might fill an entire building) named Multivac. Multivac is expected to...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2016, 7:44 pm (UTC)

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The Machine That Won the War

Isaac Asimov's science fiction short story, "The Machine That Won the War" is about a future time when the Earth has just concluded a long war with an alien race called the Denebians. The war is...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2016, 3:01 am (UTC)

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The Machine That Won the War

In Isaac Asimov’s short story, “The Machine that Won the War”—which is indeed a very short story, only about two thousand words long—we see foreshadowing that starts off subtle, becomes quite...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2018, 11:16 pm (UTC)

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The Machine That Won the War

In Asimov’s ironically named “The Machine That Won the War,” three leaders reflect on their recent military success in a war against the Deneb. We are initially led to believe that this...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2017, 5:46 pm (UTC)

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The Machine That Won the War

That is a good question. After thinking about it for a bit and going back through the story, I do not believe that the story has a single protagonist. I believe that "The Machine That Won the...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2016, 8:33 pm (UTC)

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The Machine That Won the War

This story doesn't have a clear protagonist or antagonist. If the question is asking for a single protagonist, I don't think one can be provided with strong supporting evidence. That is because...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2016, 2:21 pm (UTC)

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The Machine That Won the War

The setting of this story is sometime in the future. Asimov wisely did not put a date into his story. That allows the story to take place in the future for a very long time. It's funny to watch an...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2016, 3:12 pm (UTC)

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The Machine That Won the War

Henderson tells Swift and Jablonsky that the data used to program the super computer Multivac, which supposedly provides the title of story, had increasingly become "unreliable" and "meaningless."...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2016, 3:24 pm (UTC)

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The Machine That Won the War

Each man in the story reveals that he either didn't trust the information going into Multivac or the information coming from Multivac; therefore, each man uses his own intuition and critical...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2018, 11:04 pm (UTC)

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The Machine That Won the War

The irony in the story "The Machine that Won the War" comes from Asimov's manipulation of the "Technology as Protector and Savior" myth. In a nutshell, that mythic belief states that no problem...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2015, 10:29 pm (UTC)

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The Machine That Won the War

Like the other men that had spoken before him, Swift reveals that he never trusted what Multivac was telling him to do. Multivac would tell Swift to fight here or there or even to wait, but Swift...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2018, 9:10 pm (UTC)

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The Machine That Won the War

Henderson is in charge of the initial information that gets fed into the super computer named Multivac. Henderson was in charge of collating intelligence that came from numerous other small...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2015, 3:17 am (UTC)

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The Machine That Won the War

This is an interesting question because it is treating a machine like a dynamic character. My initial reaction is that Multivac did not change because it isn't something that is capable of change;...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2019, 2:45 pm (UTC)

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The Machine That Won the War

Theoretically, Multivac was meant to be humanity's great weapon against Deneb, to which Deneb had no answer: a powerful supercomputer that could plan and execute the entire war effort. Indeed,...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2021, 9:35 am (UTC)

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The Machine That Won the War

Yes, absolutely. "The Machine That Won the War" is a great title to the story. The entire world thinks that the reason the war has been won and is over is because of the great machine called...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2015, 12:14 am (UTC)

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The Machine That Won the War

I believe that the question is using literary "context" and "period" interchangeably, so I will provide evidence to support Asimov's literary period and genre. Isaac Asimov is a science fiction...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2016, 2:55 pm (UTC)

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