Designed by two New Yorkers who offer doomsday scenarios as alarm clocks, this clock radio is meant to be humorous, but enough to add to the surrounding unease.
If you’re the type who prefers to be gently awakened from sleep, go your own way. The app we’re about to talk about here is more of a catastrophic, climate skeptic, or survivalist looking to fuel their paranoia. Doomsday Alarm Clock invites you to open your eyes to the worst that can happen to the planet.
Its name is inspired by the Doomsday Clock, developed in 1947. This clock, on which “midnight” represents the hour of the apocalypse, is regulated by members of the scientific journal. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (University of Chicago), who studies global security issues (in particular, those related to nuclear energy). This clock every year counts the time we have until midnight in the face of the dangers that hang on humanity: nuclear, therefore, but also environmental, technological. Between 2010 and 2021, the clock calculated that we had between 6 and… 1.67 minutes left. Reason: Poor management of the Covid-19 pandemic, indicating poor preparation for nuclear and climate threats. In 2022, there will only be 100 seconds left.
In “nuclear war” mode
As soon as the doomsday alarm is downloaded from the App Store (it’s not yet available on Android), you are taken to an interface with a black background. There you are prompted to set your alarm time after reading the following message: “Realize what can lead to the end of the world.” From now on, you have the choice between “global warming”, “nuclear war”, “asteroid impact”, “supervolcano” or “diabolical artificial intelligence”… We choose the “nuclear war” alarm clock.
The result: horror music and the launch of a message in English, delivered by a female robotic voice, which, among other things, explains to us all the consequences of a nuclear weapon explosion, before concluding that such an attack cannot be defended against. .. “All you can do is pray” concludes the voice in Olympian calm. The same voice informs us that Stephen Hawking predicted that artificial intelligence (from which it is therefore descended) will destroy humanity. But then he calms down: “Don’t be afraid, I’m just a smartphone app watching over your sleep.”
“Some people like humor”
What is the point of this disturbing app, developed and launched last month by Steve Nass, 32, and Peter Henningsen, 34, two New York-based advertisers? Here is what they replied on May 24 to Vice : “We all…