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Doomsday Clock remains at just 90 seconds, showing how close the world is to ending

Thursday, 25/01/2024, 10:47 (GMT+7)

The Doomsday Clock remains at 90 seconds, demonstrating how close the world is experiencing a 'time of unprecedented danger.'

What is the meaning of the Doomsday Clock?

The Doomsday Clock is known as a symbol of a timepiece that shows how close the world is to ending. 

The clock was updated today and remained at 90 seconds to midnight—the theoretical point of annihilation.

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The Doomsday Clock plays an important role as a reminder of the need for rationality and concerted efforts to safeguard our future. Image Credits: Getty

The Doomsday Clock determined the clock position, which is the closest the world has been to a global catastrophe since it was established in 1947, at the end of World War II, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. 

What is the history and purpose of the Doomsday Clock?

The Doomsday Clock was created by US scientists involved in the Manhattan Project. It serves as a symbolic countdown, representing humanity's proximity to a complete global catastrophe.

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The post, shared by @theipaper on Twitter, has the caption: "BREAKING: The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has announced that the 'Doomsday Clock' remains at 90 seconds to midnight, the closest it has ever been." Image Credits: @theipaper/X

According to a report by Eugene Rabinowitch, the first editor of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the artist Martyl Langsdorf was commissioned to create an image that would "frighten people into rationality."

To determine the clock's position, the scientists evaluate whether humanity is safer or at greater risk compared to the previous year and throughout the clock's more than 75 years of existence.

In 2023,  the war in Ukraine played a significant role. The continued bombings, deaths, and nuclear war threats have influenced this year's decision. Russia's invasion of Ukraine in 2022, escalating the conflict that began in 2014, remains unresolved, with the possibility of nuclear weapons being used.

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The governments and communities worldwide must recognize the urgency and work collectively to address these threats. Image Credits: Getty

Bronson expresses concern that the conflict might broaden, leading to a larger conventional war and potentially involving other nuclear powers or near-nuclear powers. 

The Doomsday Clock is set at 90 seconds, indicating a state of global disaster.

According to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, researchers attribute this heightened danger to various factors.

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The convergence of factors such as wars, advancements in technology, and the escalating consequences of climate change demand immediate action. Image Credits: Getty

These factors contributed to the unprecedented danger. 

The war between Ukraine and Gaza 

The war has occurred in Ukraine and Gaza, coupled with advancements in artificial technology, often referred to as the new nuclear arms race, which poses significant threats. 

Rachel Bronson, the president and CEO of the Bulletin, claimed that the conflict hotspots worldwide carry the risk of nuclear escalation. 

Advancements in artificial technology and the impact of AI 

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In conclusion, the Doomsday Clock's current position at 90 seconds to midnight underscores the unprecedented danger facing humanity. Image Credits: Getty

Additionally, the destructive effects of climate change, which are already claiming lives and causing devastation, are exacerbated by the rapid advancement of disruptive technologies like AI and biological research.

Broson continued the program, saying that the Doomsday Clock from the previous year does not indicate stability.

She said that the government should encourage communities to take action. Additionally, she has hope and inspiration derived from witnessing the younger generation take the lead in tackling these challenges.