Doomsday Clock readjusted due to climate change and nuclear weapons proliferation

January 25, 2015 10:24 AM

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The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved its Doomsday Clock even closer to midnight, citing serious concerns around global nuclear security, IT security issues, and artificial intelligence, and, of course, the climate. While no one should have been surprised about the climate being a major driving force behind pushing the clock to just 3 minutes before midnight, the move is one that caught some off-guard. The clock is not an actual clock. In fact, the Doomsday Clock is something of an imagined thing, which is controlled by a group of highly-touted scientists.

That being said, there is a certain degree of merit behind this – as it pertains to our history, and what were some of our most-uncertain times. While this isn’t the closest the clock has ever been set to midnight – the proverbial time of the apocalypse – it is a significant shift over the course of...

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