Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Books – Agencies:
Members of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists will hold an important meeting today, Tuesday, to resolve their decision regarding the update of the (Doomsday Clock), which represents the judgment of the most prominent science and security experts on the threats to human existence.
The meeting comes against the background of the dangers that surround the whole world due to the war in Ukraine and the severe economic crises.
The organization describes the clock as a “metaphor” for how close humanity is to self-destruction, and says the annual reset should be seen as a “call to action to turn back the hands”.
The decision to reset the clock is made each year by the Bulletin’s Science and Security Council and the Board of Sponsors, which includes 11 Nobel laureates.--
For 2023, the publication said it will take into account the Russia-Ukraine war, biological threats, nuclear proliferation, the continuing climate crisis, state-sponsored disinformation campaigns and disruptive technologies.-
The clock was moved 100 seconds before midnight in January 2021, which is the closest point to midnight in the history of the clock, and it remained at this time last year.
“The clock remains ever closer to doomsday and the end of civilization because the world is still caught in a very dangerous moment,” the bulletin said in a statement during the clock’s update last year.
The clock was originally set at seven minutes before midnight.
The farthest from midnight was 17 minutes, set after the end of the Cold War in 1991.
The publication was founded in 1945 by Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and other scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project, which produced the first nuclear weapons.