Yandex virtual assistant ‘Alice’ (a Russian version of Amazon’s Alexa) seems to have passed the Turing Test with flying colors – 90 percent of men found her ‘interesting’ and 50 percent even invited her on a date.
For people with stereotypical views of Russia, ‘Buddhism’ and ‘Russians’ couldn’t be further apart from each other. Mostly, because people forget that a huge chunk of Russia lies in Asia, when, in fact, Buddhism is considered to be one of the country’s more “traditional” religions.
Recorded on August 7th, 2020.
The USSR was obviously not the "evil empire" it was made out to be by capitalist propaganda. But it would also be wrong to portray it as a land of universal justice and plenty. We asked former Soviet citizens about what hindered them in their everyday lives.