Re: Pitchforks And Torches Will No Longer Be Able To Stop The 1%

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:42 pm, #46
by Jessica
The Doomsday clock has struck again just a few weeks ago. It is now just 100 seconds from midnight, the closest it has ever been. Cyber warfare is a threat multiplier.

To: Leaders and citizens of the world
Re: Closer than ever: It is 100 seconds to midnight
Date: January 23, 2020
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
It is 100 seconds to midnight
2020 Doomsday Clock Statement
Science and Security Board
Editor, John Mecklin ,

Editor’s note: Founded in 1945 by University of Chicago scientists who had helped develop the first atomic weapons in the Manhattan Project, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists created the Doomsday Clock two years later, using the imagery of apocalypse (midnight) and the contemporary idiom of nuclear explosion (countdown to zero) to convey threats to humanity and the planet. The decision to move (or to leave in place) the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock is made every year by the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board in consultation with its Board of Sponsors, which includes 13 Nobel laureates. The Clock has become a universally recognized indicator of the world’s vulnerability to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change, and disruptive technologies in other domains.
Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change—that are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare, that undercuts society’s ability to respond. The international security situation is dire, not just because these threats exist, but because world leaders have allowed the international political infrastructure for managing them to erode.
As Sterling has pointed out regarding Artificial General Intelligence,
As is colloquially said, like horseshoes and hand grenades, almost is close enough.
The human body has rather tight physiological homeostatic tolerance levels. Just a small disruption either way in levels of temperature, oxygenation, nutrition, and radiation can have serious consequences. Psychological adaptationsalso has its limits to the amount of stress the mind can take before suicidal ideations begin to occur. We do not have to peer over the event horizon before we are doomed. Just getting close is sufficient; just a nudge from President Trump may be all it takes.