Falken's Maze: An 80s Guide to History

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

Episode Summary

This episode is the last in a three-part series of shows. Over these episodes, we’ve discovered how the intersection of artificial intelligence, Soviet-US relations, and a variety of 80s pop culture references helps frame the current discussion around AI. In this final episode, we examine current Russian AI development, calls for banning lethal autonomous weaponry, and a little known episode where the Soviets thought the US had fired five nuclear missiles at them back in 1983.

Episode Notes

This episode is the last in a three-part series of shows. Over these episodes, we’ve discovered how the intersection of artificial intelligence, Soviet-US relations, and a variety of 80s pop culture references helps frame the current discussion around AI. In this final episode, we examine current Russian AI development, calls for banning lethal autonomous weaponry, and a little known episode where the Soviets thought the US had fired five nuclear missiles at them back in 1983.

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.

If you enjoyed the show, tell a friend, leave a review, click some stars!!

Find us online at www.falkenspodcast.com.

References:

  1. Sting 28th Annual Grammy Awards Performance - Russians
  2. Sting Interview (Unknown date) - Origination of his song Russians
  3. Russian government Directive on AI Development
  4. Reuters story on Amazon AI debacle
  5. BBC Interview of Stanislav Petrov
  6. Wired story on Stanislav Petrov
  7. Open Letter from Musk et al. on banning autonomous weapons
  8. Popular Mechanics article on development of AI weapons by Kalashnikov
  9. Russian video on autonomous weapons
  10. US-Department of Defense policy on Autonomous Weapons Systems

Music: