Watch the 2023 Doomsday Clock announcement
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will host a live virtual news conference at 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, to announce whether the time on the iconic Doomsday Clock will change.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists organization was founded in 1945 by Albert Einstein and other scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project, which produced the first nuclear weapons during the Second World War.
They created the first Doomsday Clock during the Cold War in 1947 as a warning of the dangers of nuclear war. It was originally set to seven minutes before midnight and has been moved 24 times — backward 17 times and forward seven times.
The clock is described as “a metaphor” and “a reminder of the perils we must address if we are to survive on the planet” as a warning to “the public about how close we are to destroying our world with dangerous technologies of our own making.”
Here is a video explaining the history of the Doomsday clock, which appeared on the cover of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists magazine.