Richard Rhodes – Making of Atomic Bomb, AI, WW2, Oppenheimer, & Abolishing Nukes

The Lunar Society | 24 May 2023 | 2h 37m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Richard Rhodes about his book The Making of the Atomic Bomb. Discusses similarities between AI progress and the Manhattan Project (developing a powerful, unprecedented, and potentially apocalyptic technology within an uncertain arms-race situation); visiting starving former Soviet scientists during the fall of the Soviet Union; whether Oppenheimer was a spy; living through WW2 as a child; the odds of nuclear war in Ukraine, Taiwan, Pakistan, and North Korea; and how the US pulled off such a massive secret wartime scientific and industrial project.

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