Because it is the keeper of the Doomsday Clock, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is occasionally (if quite wrongly) accused of fear-mongering. The magazine, its editors, and its authors could more accurately be charged with hope-mongering, having for more than 70 years aggressively pushed the idea that humans can control the technology they create and use it for the benefit of humanity, rather than its destruction.
To illustrate how technologies now in relatively advanced stages of research and development really could significantly change the world for the better, the Bulletin asked top experts across a variety of relevant fields to explain the success stories they have seen around the world. Read the rest of editor-in-chief John Mecklin’s introduction to the January/February digital Journal: “The good news on reducing global risk.”
Here’s what you need to know:
Introduction: Good news in perilous times
New ways to detect nuclear misbehavior
A battery of innovative choices—if we commit to investing
Noah Kittner and Daniel M. Kammen
Electric vehicles: approaching the tipping point
The bright side of synthetic biology and Crispr
Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley and Shannon Fye-Marnien
Our WMD treaties are working
Cellular agriculture: The coming revolution in food production
Carolyn S. Mattick
North Korean nuclear capabilities, 2018
Hans M. Kristensen and Robert S. Norris
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