Saturday, April 02, 2005

Near Death in '83

In 1983, the decision of one man averted nuclear war. His instruments told him that the enemy had fired five missiles at his country, and he decided that what he saw on his screen was wrong.

Coincidentally, 1983 is also when I saw "WarGames" on the big screen. In it, a computer depicts a false attack, prompting a possible counter-strike. Reading about Stanislav Petrov reminded me of quotes from the movie:
Stephen Falken: What you see on these screens up here is a fantasy; a computer enhanced hallucination!
And:
Stephen Falken: General, you are listening to a machine. Do the world a favor and don't act like one.
Finally, through this post, I found 20 Mishaps That Might Have Started Accidental Nuclear War. It's interesting reading.
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