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The Machine That Won the War by Isaac Asimov is a story that teaches a valuable lesson about humanity and also has an ironic twist at the end The setting is the future of Earth and a great war had just been won against an enemy race Two men Swift and Henderson are debating over who really won the war for Earth the giant strategy computer known as Multivac or the men in charge of making the maneuvers and programming the computer John Henderson is an excitable man while Lamar Swift the military captain is calm but rational While the people hailed the computer the two really knew who the heroes were Henderson explained the fact that Multivac was nothing more than a large machine only capable of doing what it was programmed to do He stated that ever since the beginning of the war he had been hiding a secret It was the fact that some of its Multivacs data might have been unreliable This conflict as you will note later helped win the war The great computer was capable of creating a direct battle plan which Earth forces could use to attack their enemies However with Henderson inputting faulty data this caused some of the battle plans to be unreliable His internal conflict between himself losing his job and wanting to keep it made him jingle with the programming until it seemed right This foreshadowing helps the reader to see that someone is going to have to act upon Hendersons faults if the war is to be won Swift the military commander received these battle plans that Henderson had printed up out on the front the front being the battle front He realizing that some of these plans were outrageous had to act upon a different form of machine Swifts motivation for not always acting upon what was laid before him helped change the course of the war He told Henderson
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