The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
Do you think the hands of the Doomsday Clock should be closer to or farther from midnight?
Sebastian von Engelhardt
Sebastian von Engelhardt is an economist at the Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany. His research focus is on intellectual property, open-source software, regulation in Internet markets, and self-governance.
Advanced technologies for making chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons can be purchased from hundreds of companies around the world. But negotiating treaties to regulate this trade would take years—and even then, many governments lack the will or resources to enforce them.