SCIENTISTS are set to reveal how much they think humanity is for “existential catastrophe” with their annual Doomsday Clock.
The clock serves as a wake-up call to all about global threats like nuclear war, dangerous technologies, and mass health concerns like the coronavirus.
On Thursday, experts will decide where to place the watches based on events over the past 12 months.
Last year, it was placed at 100 seconds to midnight, holding the record position for 2020.
How does the Doomsday Clock move?
The Doomsday Clock serves as a metaphor for the risks and dangers in the world.
Every year, a group of experts from different backgrounds decide how much they think we are likely to experience a disaster, including the events of the past year.
They use clocks to illustrate how bad or good things are.
The closer to midnight, the more they think we’re at risk.
It started 75 years ago at seven minutes to midnight.
From there, see the good and bad days and adjust the hand accordingly.
So, in 1953, it was placed unsettlingly near two minutes to midnight, after the United States and the Soviet Union tested a hydrogen bomb.
But when the Cold War ended in the early ’90s and things were looking good, 1991 was pushed back from 17 minutes to midnight.
Worryingly, the meter is currently at the closest in two years running.
What happens when the Doomsday Clock hits midnight?
Midnight means that experts think things on Earth have gone terribly wrong, but it’s not really meant for midnight.
Remember, it is not an actual clock, nor a countdown timer, it only serves as a warning to get things sorted.
In real terms, if the clock really struck midnight, nothing would really happen there and after that anyway.
It is purely illustrative based on the opinions and predictions of the Science and Security Department that runs it.
How close are we to midnight on the Doomsday Clock?
2020 is the closest the Doomsday Watch has ever had in its history.
It was moved to 100 seconds to midnight, due to concerns about nuclear war and climate change.
Experts describe the international security situation as “catastrophic”, blaming world leaders for the failure of major arms control talks, political conflicts with Iran and North Korea, as well as poorer US-Russian relations.
A year later, in 2021, scientists keep the clock at 100 seconds.
This time, they blamed the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, saying it showed “countries are unprepared and unwilling and the international system is handling global emergencies properly.” how”.
At 3pm GMT/10am EST on Thursday, we’ll find out if the hand sticks out closer to midnight as the pandemic continues to be an issue.
In other news, personalized smart gun, which can only be activated by verified users, may eventually be made available to US consumers this year.
Tech giant Microsoft is trying to make the world more awake by launching a “Comprehensiveness” testing tool in its Word software.
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