Günther Anders' account of General MacArthur's exit from the millitary is one of the most interesting alternative history takes I've seen
As many of you know, MacArthur wanted to use nuclear weapons on China due to their aid of the enemy in the Korean War. This "rash" desire is what bred the tension that ultimately resulted in his relief of command by Truman.
This is where Anders adds another layer to the story. For the nuke question McCarthy was replaced as the decision-maker not by another man, but by the first proper computer, UNIVAC, also known as the "electronic brain."
Being a computer, it was fundamentally unable to answer abstract moral questions of right vs wrong. Instead it was fed data that "did not offer any resistance to quantification." It thus had to reduce the question to figures of economic gain vs loss.
This resulted in the UNIVAC concluding that employing nuclear weapons would risk starting a devastating war that would destroy the U.S economy. It was the less profitable and thus "wrong" decision. For the first time in history, the fate of the world was determined by a machine
For Anders this represented a key shift in the Western spirit, which could no longer trust its own moral intuition and now had to defer to the cold, quantitative logic of the machines it had originally commanded.
Humiliated by this, MacArthur resigned from the millitary and eventually became Chairman of the Board for Remington Rand, the company that created...wait for it...the UNIVAC computer, eventually mass producing them for office use.
In this archetypal act, the disgraced war hero was now leaving the battlefield and placing himself in a position where he could feel "in control" of the machine that had emasculated him in an attempt to regain his tarnished manhood.
This account, albeit hard to historically verify, was used by Anders as an example of "Promethean shame." Man, with his unique ability to subjugate Nature, creates something so impressive that even he feels unworthy when standing before it. He quite literally outdoes himself.
Whether or not the account is true, it still serves as a poignant illustration of the problems Man faces in a world increasingly mechanized by his own creations. He must now reconnect with the progenitive Fire within and win back the freedom stolen by his unruly children.

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