1983. The Height of the Cold War. Moscow: Incoming American nuclear missiles.

2011: Technology. Computers. Data. Is there still room for the "Human Factor?"

Let's ask the man who once saved the world from Nuclear Annihilation!





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Written by sherisaid
3899 days ago

darn it, I was looking forward to reading this :) Maybe it will be back up tomorrow?



Written by yoni67
3900 days ago

No need to click. Site and article have been down for 24 hours :(



Written by swssem
3900 days ago

Yoni,

Scary story indeed! And the right business lessons to draw -- long live human instinct! One of the things I love about social media is that it brings the 'human' element back into computer interactions. But even in the current world of social media I think there's a similar story yet to be written. And the lesson from it will be: just as we must remember that data input cannot replace gut instinct, remember also that online social interaction cannot replace shaking hands and looking someone in the eye.

Cindy Lavoie



Written by yoni67
3900 days ago

Cindy,

I hate computers and all things technological so it was definitely fodder for my beliefs. As you mentions so aptly, the human touch is so valuable when it comes to things like social media and business relations. I want a person, not a robot!

Yoni



Written by hamed1
3901 days ago

Yoni, it presents a nice diversion to my working day to stop and read a great article. Thank you for arranging!

Hamed,

Peace/Shalom/Salaam



Written by yoni67
3901 days ago

Hamed,

It is I who am thankful to you. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Glad you enjoyed the story of this incredible historical figure, one whose story is not so well known.

Yoni



Written by businessavante
3901 days ago

Scary, Yoni!

It may someday just happen that some unthinkably awful thing could happen because someone blindly believed incoming data - it could be nukes, or some kind of electronic bug that disables civilization. But as you said (and as Vic Perrin said closing many original "Outer Limits" episodes) it will be a Man that Decides (whether to believe the computer, or go with his gut)!

businessavante



Written by yoni67
3901 days ago

Duncan,

Man decides, but man who usually makes the right decision gets punished and ostracized in the end. Happens with whistleblowers all the time.

Yoni



Written by shepherd
3901 days ago

You hear a lot about the Cuban missile crisis but I never knew how close we were to the brink in 83. Pretty darn interesting and scary.

Shep



Written by yoni67
3901 days ago

Shep,

Yup, it was pretty darn close to Armageddon. Gotta love computers!

Yoni



Written by [email protected]
3901 days ago

Brilliant job Yoni!

Ben



Written by yoni67
3901 days ago

Thanks Ben!

Yoni



Written by profit613
3901 days ago

Yonatan,

As a student of geo-politics, as you know, I appreciate this article doubly. For the lesson in politics and military and for the business lessons you bring from it.

Your exchange student for the year,

Rochelle Rochelle



Written by yoni67
3901 days ago

Rochelle Rochelle,

Thanks! Just another blog idea I got from watching the Discovery and History Channels! What fodder they are for ideas!

Yoni



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