This Tuesday, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists published an update on the status of the Apocalypse Clock, which remains the closest number to the end of the world since it was created in 1947. Therefore, scientists have not changed the time they marked the clock. last year, placing it 90 seconds from midnight, representing the end of the world.
This, they explained, does not mean that “the world is stable,” and they made an “urgent” appeal to governments and communities around the world. “Make no mistake: resetting the clock to 90 seconds to midnight is not a sign that the world is stable. Quite the contrary. It is urgent for governments and communities around the world to act. And the Bulletin continues to be hopeful and inspired to see younger generations leading the charge,” said Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists President and CEO Rachel Bronson.
“Leaders are leading the world towards disaster: more nuclear bombs, more carbon emissions, dangerous pathogens, and artificial intelligence. Only great powers like China, the United States, and Russia can bring us back. destroyed,” said Jerry Brown, CEO of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
What is the Apocalypse Clock?
The Apocalypse Clock, or Doomsday Clock, is an initiative launched by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, created in 1945 by scientists such as Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Manhattan Project researchers who participated in the development of the first atomic weapons.
The iconic clock was created two years later, in 1947, with the aim of addressing threats to humanity and the planet.
Since then, its season has changed 22 times. It was 1991 when the clock was furthest from midnight (17 minutes), and in 2023 it will be 90 seconds away, closer than ever. Between 2020 and 2022, 100 seconds apart,.
Why does this mark the closest time to the end of the world?
The Apocalypse Clock aims to raise awareness about threats to the world, which, at this time, according to atomic scientists, is more than ever. This initiative has become a recognized universal indicator of the world’s vulnerability to disasters caused by nuclear weapons, climate change, and disruptive technologies in other domains.
All these different world problems put the Apocalypse Clock at 2024 as the closest to the time of the end of the world. They highlight the war between Russia and Ukraine, the deterioration of nuclear arms reduction agreements, or the official designation of 2023 as the hottest year ever recorded as the main threats.
The statement of the atomic scientists said that “the war in Ukraine and the widespread and growing reliance on nuclear weapons increase the risk of nuclear proliferation. China, Russia, and the United States are spending huge amounts of money to expand or modernize their nuclear arsenals, increasing the ever-present risk of nuclear war due to miscalculation.”
They also point to the development of genetic engineering technologies or the development of generative artificial intelligence, which can increase misinformation and harm the world’s information environment.
“Rapid and alarming advances in life sciences and other disruptive technologies are accelerating, while governments make only feeble efforts to control them. But the world could be safer. The clock may move from midnight,” they said.