Atomic scientists approximate the symbolic timing of the end of the world
The group of scientists that runs the “Doomsday Clock” in Washington announced, yesterday, Tuesday, that the time of the clock is 90 seconds to midnight, meaning that humanity has never been closer to the end of the world than it is today.
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which has been supervising the symbolic “Doomsday Clock” project since 1947, revealed, at a press conference in Washington, the new timing of the clock that monitors the end of times, not time, and thus measures the possibilities of a global catastrophe. The decision was made against the background of the war in Ukraine and other crises.
The organization overseeing the project 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.
The 2023 publication took into account the Russia-Ukraine war, biological threats, the spread of nuclear weapons, the ongoing climate crisis, state-sponsored disinformation campaigns and disruptive technologies.
The time was moved ten seconds closer than it was. And the clock was moved 100 seconds before midnight in January 2021, and it was the closest point to midnight in the history of the clock, and it remained at this time last year.
“The clock remains at the very closest point 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 furthest distance from midnight was 17 minutes set after the end of the Cold War in 1991. The bulletin 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.