Thanks, Stanislav Petrov

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According to Bright Star Sound

Few people know of him … yet conceivably hundreds of millions of people are alive because of him. Stanislav Petrov, a retired Soviet military officer, is credited with preventing the start of World War III and the nuclear devastation of much of the Earth.

According to this

In 1984, the Soviet Union built a doomsday machine called Perimeter, to prevent launch on false warning.

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