Nuclear war.  How fun

This doesn't actually surprise me, and causes me to fear about our ability to safely navigate future technologies that, used incorrectly, could pose an existential threat.

Half a century after Kubrick’s mad general, Jack D. Ripper, launched a nuclear strike on the Soviets to defend the purity of “our precious bodily fluids” from Communist subversion, we now know that American officers did indeed have the ability to start a Third World War on their own. And despite the introduction of rigorous safeguards in the years since then, the risk of an accidental or unauthorized nuclear detonation hasn’t been completely eliminated.

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The Truths Behind ‘Dr. Strangelove’
The Soviets did have a doomsday machine, and a rogue American officer could have launched a nuclear attack.

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