As the infamous Doomsday Clock moves 20 seconds closer to midnight -- bringing us a scant 100 seconds away from the end of humanity -- it's a good time to remind you that the Doomsday Clock is a load of artsy crap pulled by people trying to quantify the unquantifiable. The Doomsday Clock is, as Wikipedia puts it, "a symbol that represents the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe." The closer the clock moves towards midnight, the closer we are to being apocalyptically boned, you see. The logic is sound.
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The concerns that move its hands are usually stuff like nuclear war and climate change. But it's a new global threat this time: information warfare. Fake news. Disinformation campaigns. Deepfakes. Tapping people on the shoulder and pretending it wasn't you. All of these concerns will form a Megazord of chaos and destruction that will surely spell doom in 100 seconds, but not real seconds - metaphorical seconds.
One day we'll have so many terrifying potential apocalypses that the clock will strike midnight. If that happens and the event is not immediately followed by a disaster that wipes out most, if not all of humanity -- oh boy, will those clock people be embarrassed.
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