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
Even in this digital age there are many reasons to be careful about what we wish for when it comes to modernizing the nuclear command and control system. More technological capability will not necessarily create a more secure world.
Genetic editing techniques like Crispr have made it possible to rapidly and irreversibly alter plants, animals, and even humans, posing a range of threats from accidental releases to biological attacks.
One of the world’s top experts on the North Korean nuclear program, former Los Alamos National Laboratory director Siegfried Hecker, explains why he believes North Korea did not test a hydrogen bomb earlier this week and why he continues to be concerned about the North Korean nuclear program and the international community's response to it
The author argues that there is no feasible way to ensure autonomous weapons will never be built. What's feasible—through effective international regulation—is to ensure that development of autonomous weapons is analyzed and tracked on a case-by-case basis.
Those concerned about international security should pay attention to the Volkswagen case, since arms-control verification tools often use the same kind of proprietary technology that prevents transparency and independent scrutiny.
Contrary to popular opinion, Washington and Moscow should strive now to make progress on bilateral arms control. A more ambitious treaty that limits modernization plans can help stabilize a volatile situation.