Is the transistor the key to peace?

Fallout provides a view back but then forward again to some distant point of critical divergence and then its outcome. Which may lead one to ask why, why imagine a future based on something that we … didn’t do? Besides the fact that it looks cool, which may very well be the central reason. But I think we can also find encouragement to understand how and why we didn’t end up in the Fallout universe.

This video is a cool analysis of the shift from nuclear technology to the transistor, using Fallout as the way into the discussion. If you’ve never played Fallout, it gives you enough information to follow along.

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