Floppy Disks are Still High-Tech Inside This US Nuclear Silo

By Jamie Condliffe on at

It's not very often you get to see inside a US Air Force nuclear silo—but CBS recently got to take a peek for us. In this video, Lesley Stahl finds that they're not quite as high-tech as you might like to think.

This segment, which you can watch below, appeared on 60 Minutes, and it provides a rare glimpse into the inner working of America's nuclear bunkers. Cozying up with the ageing rockets, two things are striking. First, the staff don't seem wildly experienced. Second, the technology down there still relies on 8-inch floppy disks from the 60s. Thank goodness the world's most dangerous weapons are so well protected. [60 Minutes via The Verge]