The Doomsday Clock will reset again to determine our fate, as it has remained at the 100 second mark until midnight for the past three years.
With climate disasters wreaking havoc around the world and the coronavirus continuing to spread, it is hard for Bulletin scientists to imagine a return to the past. of Atomic (Atomic Bulletin).
The clock, an idea that originated in 1947 to warn mankind of the dangers of nuclear war, was originally set to seven minutes before midnight and has since been moved back and forth 24 times.
In 2020, it reached its closest point by midnight and has remained there for the past three years.
At the height of the Cold War in 1953, it was 2 minutes, and it was furthest from midnight when it moved 17 minutes earlier at the end of the war itself.
Bulletin scientists will announce of Atomic asked if the symbolic hours would change at 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET) on January 24th. She describes the watch as “a metaphor for how close humanity is to self-destruction.”
In 2023, the publication said it would take into account Russia’s special operation in Ukraine, biological threats, nuclear proliferation, the ongoing climate crisis, state-sponsored disinformation campaigns, and disruptive technologies.
The decision will be made by the publication’s Science and Safety Board and its sponsoring board, which includes 11 Nobel laureates.
The organization was founded in 1945 by Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer and other scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project, which resulted in the creation of the first nuclear weapon during World War II.
The clock motif appeared two years later as a symbolic countdown to show how close humanity is to the end of a global catastrophe.
According to Eugene Rabinowitz, senior editor at Bulletin Scholars, artist Martell Langsdorff was commissioned to design the watch and was asked to create an image that would “scare people and bring them back to rationality”. of Atomic, who died in 1973.
Bulletin says of Atomic Online: “For 75 years, Doomsday Clock has served as a metaphor for how close humanity is to self-destruction. Since 1947, it has been a call to action to turn back the clock that used to move.”
The Doomsday Clock first jumped to 100 seconds before midnight in January 2020 and has remained there in 2021 — due in part to “inactivity” due to the Covid pandemic.
Since 1947, he has fallen eight times, and then 16 times.
And the time is determined by taking into account all the events that occurred during the year.
It may include politics, energy, weapons, diplomacy, and climate science, as well as potential threat sources such as nuclear bombs, climate change, bioterrorism, and artificial intelligence.
Source: Daily Mail