You’ve heard of it clock of fate? Its main function is not simply to mark the hours, as the more common versions do. None of these! His main goal is to be able to predict when the world will end. For this, several events recorded around the planet, such as wars, are evaluated.
The watch was created in 1947, meaning this device has been working and undergoing changes – when needed – for 76 years. Its last changes were made last year, when it was set to one hundred seconds before midnight. Coincidentally, the same thing happened in 2020.
Doomsday Clock: What if it strikes midnight?
According to Bulletin Science and Security Council Co-Chair Sharon Squassoni: “The 100 seconds before midnight reflects the Council’s judgment that we are in a dangerous time that does not bring stability or security. The positive developments of 2021 have failed to offset long-term negative trends.”
Initially, the watch was created to measure nuclear threats, which were on the rise at the time the device was created. Since 2007, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, a group of scientists who take care of the clock, decided to also include in this measurement all climate changes recorded on our planet.
The clock is based on human actions that can be destructive to our planet. This is why events such as wars and nuclear threats are so relevant to the calculations made for adaptation.
Some people don’t really believe in the efficacy of creation, as they are sure that civilization has already come close to destroying the planet a few times in the past few decades. It is noteworthy that the clock is not always set, i.e. it can go years without any change, but it can also be set every year.
The reality is that the Doomsday Clock has never reached midnight in its 76 years of existence. According to the scientists involved in the creation, they really hope this never happens.
“When the clock strikes midnight, it means some kind of catastrophic nuclear or climate change that wipes out humanity has occurred,” said Rachel Bronson, CEO of the Bulletin. “So we don’t want to get there and we won’t know when we will get there.”