There is nothing like the title of ‘Doomsday Clock’ to make people pay a little more attention. And when it moves closer to a metaphorical apocalyptic disaster, we should consider how our human actions are destroying our future.
The current change has been made because of the combined effects and threats of climate change, the Russian threat of nuclear warfare and situations in the Chernobyl and Zaporizhzhia nuclear reactor sites
The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic clock face that represents a countdown to global catastrophe. It was created in 1947 by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a magazine founded by scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project. The closer the clock is to midnight, the closer the world is to global disaster.
The Doomsday Clock is adjusted every year by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The decision to adjust the clock is based on the consensus of a board of experts regarding the state of the world in terms of nuclear threats and other global challenges.
The clock is not changed in real time, as in response to headline news each week . Rather it is changed on a regular basis in response to an aggregation of situations around the world.
The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a magazine founded by scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project. The clock is maintained by the Bulletin in consultation with the Board of Sponsors, which includes 15 Nobel Laureates.
The Doomsday Clock has been changed 23 times since its inception in 1947. The clock has been adjusted as a result of various events including the nuclear arms race, the Cold War, the U.S. invasion of Iraq, climate change, and the development of global nuclear arsenals. In 2020, the clock was moved to 100 seconds to midnight due to the combined threats of nuclear proliferation, climate change, and AI-enabled technologies.
Read more at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientist’ site here. They also have full statements of each year’s position of the clock and the issues behind the decision of where to place the timing.
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