artificial intelligence
AI Could Dramatically Increase Risk of Nuclear War by 2040, Says New Report

The common conception of a technologically enabled apocalypse foresees a powerful artificial intelligence that, either deliberately or by accident, destroys human civilisation. But as a new report from the RAND Corporation points out, the reality may be far subtler: As AI slowly erodes the foundations that made the Cold War possible, we may find ourselves hurtling towards all-out nuclear war. Read More >>

The Computer Simulation That Almost Started World War III

Remember the 80s film WarGames? As a quick recap: the film is about a computer "game" with the potential to let a pre-pubescent Matthew Broderick start thermonuclear war. But strangely this scenario is actually more truth than fiction. Because in 1979 programmers at NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defence Command, almost started World War III when they accidentally ran a computer simulation of a Soviet attack. Read More >>