Falken's Maze: An 80s Guide to History

I Hope the Russians Love Their Children Too (Part 2 of 3)

Episode Summary

This episode is the second in a three-part series. In this episode, we tackle the idea of defining Artificial Intelligence. What is it? What do people mean when they use the term? Where did the idea of machines that could think and reason come from? We examine the life and ideas of Alan Turing and use Knight Rider, the WOPR, and Rene Descartes to find answers.

Episode Notes

This episode is the second in a three-part series. In this episode, we tackle the idea of defining Artificial Intelligence. What is it? What do people mean when they use the term? Where did the idea of machines that could think and reason come from? We examine the life and ideas of Alan Turing and use Knight Rider, the WOPR, and Rene Descartes to find answers.

In Falken's Maze technologist and former international relations professor Jason Thomas explores the intersection of technology, history, and culture. Created for listeners who wistfully long for the 80s but want to understand the complexities of today, this podcast demystifies and explains the world's most compelling technologies and events through 80's movies, music, and television. This is where history, tech, and retro pop collide.

This episode is the second in a three-part series. The overarching goal of this set of shows is to discover how the intersection of artificially intelligent machines, Soviet-US relations, and an intrepid young man hacking his way into almost starting World War 3 helps to explain issues we face today. In this episode, we tackle the idea of defining Artificial Intelligence. What is it? What do people mean when they use the term? Where did the idea of machines that could think and reason come from? We examine the life and ideas of Alan Turing and use Knight Rider, the WOPR, and Rene Descartes to find answers.

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References:

  1. Knight Rider Theme
  2. Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film The Imitation Game by Andrew Hodges
  3. The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer by David Leavitt
  4. The Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1885
  5. Alan Turing: The codebreaker who saved 'millions of lives'
  6. Computing Machinery and Intelligence by Alan Turing
  7. Selections from the Principles of Philosophy by René Descartes
  8. WOPR Description (WarGames, 1983)

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