Stanislav Petrov

Preventing the deaths of hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people was a costly decision for Petrov. If he had been wrong, and he somehow survived the American nuclear strike, he likely would’ve been executed for treason. Even though he was right, he was, according to the Washington Post’s David Hoffman, “relentlessly interrogated afterward [and] never rewarded for his decision.” More here.

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  1. I knew about that but it’s so terrifying that I had put it out of my mind. To think that a technical glitch could be almost the end of humanity. I hate to think if an AI was in control.

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