Microsoft publishes the online game Rise of Nations, which features a Doomsday Clock-like “Armageddon timer.” Each time a player fires a nuclear missile, the timer counts down by one tick—when the timer reaches zero, a nuclear holocaust engulfs the Earth and all players lose.
Bright Eyes releases the song “Easy/Lucky/Free.” It includes the lines “I set my watch to the atomic clock, I hear the crowd count down 'til the bomb gets dropped, I always figured that there’d be time enough, I never let it get me down.”
North Korea conducts a nuclear test, and many in the international community worry that Iran is working toward a bomb of its own. Meanwhile, the United States and Russia remain ready to wage nuclear war within minutes.
After reviewing humanity’s vulnerability to other threats as potentially deadly as nuclear weapons, the Bulletin’s board determines that the Doomsday Clock should also include other existential threats outside nuclear catastrophe: specifically, the Earth-threatening dangers posed by climate change and rapid developments in the life sciences and other emerging technologies. Against this backdrop, US band Smashing Pumpkins release their song “Doomsday Clock”, which later appears in professional wrestling, monster truck competitions, and a trailer for the film The Incredible Hulk.
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