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November 2018

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists magazine journal November December 2018 cover on intersection of technological threats

In this issue, leading experts explore how quickly changing technologies that could pose existential threats to humanity increasingly intersect with one another and, as they do, pose new types of global dangers. Those potential dangers are in some cases now so likely to manifest themselves that, as experts from the Council on Strategic Risks argue, nations around the world have a “responsibility to prepare” for them. Check out the subscription-only articles in any issue of the Bulletin's subscription magazine by getting a token for 10 free articles from Taylor & Francis Online. This special offer is good until April 1, 2019. 

Features

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Introduction: The new threat matrix

Extraordinarily fast-paced advance across the full breadth of the world’s scientific and technological enterprise creates a new threat matrix where dangerous technologies may collide—with catastrophic results. Free-access.
The military applications of AI

Artificial intelligence, cyberattack, and nuclear weapons—A dangerous combination

One of the most pressing global security problems lies in AI’s destabilizing effects on the nuclear balance of power.
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The global responsibility to prepare for intersecting climate and nuclear risks

The effects of climate change stand to heighten nuclear risks in various ways, including by direct impacts on nuclear facilities, exacerbation of political and economic disruption, and diminishment of global institutions.

Designer warriors: Altering conflict—and humanity itself?

Rapid developments in technology – ranging from gene editing to cognitive manipulation to computer-brain interfaces – are rendering virtually every aspect of human beings contingent and subject to design.

How swarming will change warfare

The most profound and long-lasting impact of swarms will be in the way they change command-and-control, that is, the way militaries organize and fight on the battlefield.
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What’s cooking for climate change? Techno-fixing dinner for 10 billion

Agribusinesses and Silicon Valley startups alike are calling for high-tech solutions—such as gene editing, synthetic biology, and new AI/Big Data applications—that could significantly change the world’s food systems. The long-term consequences are largely unknown.
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Holding fossil fuel companies accountable for their contribution to climate change: Where does the law stand?

A judge who called for a climate tutorial in federal court accepted the science of climate change—but threw out a lawsuit calling for financial reparations from the oil companies for causing these problems. Why? Free-access.

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins: Reducing threats, increasing diversity

In this interview, Jenkins talks about her work on arms control and nuclear security, discusses differences between the Obama and Trump administrations, and highlights the scarcity of women and people of color in national security.
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Indian nuclear forces, 2018

India is estimated to have produced enough military plutonium for 150 to 200 nuclear warheads, but has likely produced only 130 to 140. Free-access.

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