Published On:January 27, 2017, 2:32 pm
Humanity is very well crawling closer to the annihilating and apocalyptic end, according to a panel of scholars and scientists.
The groups of Scientist from Chicago, who engineer the ‘Doomsday Clock’, have moved the minute hand to two and a half minutes prior to the final hour.
The clock is an emblematic instrument to notify the public when the earth is facing impending disaster. There are times when the clock moves closer to midnight and sometimes further away, and that depends of the expert scientist’s conclusions.
The symbolic clock presently stands at three minutes to midnight, with midnight corresponding to humanity’s end.
Ever since 1953, after the hydrogen bomb test in the US and the Soviet Union, it’s the first time the clock has been this close to global disaster, thereby putting 2016 on par with 1953.
In a press release published earlier this week, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists stated that it was taking several recent developments into account.
Rachel Bronson from the team said, “The board advanced the time out of a growing concern about the deterioration in relations between the United States and Russia, two states that account for more than 90 percent of the world’s weapons.” She further added, “It did so also for unchecked modernization programs in every nuclear state and a lack of global action in response to climate change.”
The press release stated that, “A rise in strident nationalism worldwide, President Donald Trump‘s comments on nuclear arms and climate issues, a darkening global security landscape that is colored by increasingly sophisticated technology, and a growing disregard for scientific expertise.”
Ever since 1945, a team of Nobel laureates at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists have been putting together research and analysis I order to set the ‘Doomsday Clock’.
This nonprofit independent group makes use of data to ascertain global threats associated to treaty negotiations, geopolitical issues, and developments in the world of technology.
The scientists shifted the clock back to 12 minutes from seven minutes in 1963, after US and Soviet leaders signed the Partial Test Ban Treaty, ending all atmospheric nuclear testing.
The organization in a statement said that, "The board's decision to move the clock less than a full minute reflects a simple reality: As this statement is issued, Donald Trump has been the US president only a matter of days."
Also, the clock has stayed at three minutes to midnight for the past two years.
The clock hand regressed to seven minutes from midnight in 1968, when China and France joined the nuclear arms race, and the US got more involved in the Vietnam War.
Nevertheless, this pressure eased out and the clocked got ticked back, in 1970 when the signing of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty took place.
In the succeeding years, the clock has swung back and forth before halting at an alarming three minutes to midnight in 1984, at the time of US-Soviet reaching the newest low, prior to swinging back to 17 minutes from midnight in 1991 when the Cold War ended. Ever since then, the clock has never gotten this close to midnight.
In the recent year, apart from geopolitical factors being widely responsible, rising new risks posed by new technologies have also drooped off for the damage they might draw if at all they fall into the jeopardizing hands.
These embrace the rise of security threats and artificial intelligence, including the possible manhandling of biotechnology. Constant developments in this industry, that lets humans to produce organisms from the scratch, comes with a potential risk that bio-terrorists will make weapons out of synthetic viruses.
This would broaden a diverse arsenal of weaponry which jeopardizes the end of the world.
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