We set the Doomsday Clock as members of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Ask Us Anything!
EDIT: Thank you all for the excellent questions! We’ve got to sign off for now.
See you next time! -Rachel, Daniel, & Sivan
We are Rachel Bronson, Daniel Holz, and Sivan Kartha, members of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which just moved the Doomsday Clock, a metaphor for how much time humanity has left before potential destruction to 100 seconds to midnight.
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists grew out of a gathering of Manhattan Project scientists at the University of Chicago, who decided they could “no longer remain aloof to the consequences of their work.” For decades, they have set the hands of the Doomsday Clock to indicate how close human civilization is to ending itself. In changing the clock this year they cited world leaders ending or undermining major arms control treaties and negotiations during the last year; lack of action in the climate emergency; and the rise of ‘information warfare.’
Rachel is a foreign policy and energy expert and president & CEO of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.
Daniel is an astrophysicist who specializes in gravitational waves and black holes, and is a member of the Science and Security board at the Bulletin.
Sivan analyzes strategies to address climate change at the Stockholm Environmental Institute, and is a member of the Science & Security board.
Ask us anything—we’ll be online to answer your questions around 3PM CT!