In late February, a conference is scheduled in New York City to discuss the risk of nuclear war if computers reach the level of artificial intelligence and take decisions out of human hands. But there is already the old-fashioned danger of nuclear war, started by human miscalculation, fed by hubris and propaganda.
That possible scenario is playing out in Ukraine, where the European Union and the United States provoked a political crisis on Russia’s border in November 2013, then backed a coup d’etat in... read more
“The medical dangers of the nuclear fuel chain begin at uranium mining and end with either a massive nuclear power plant meltdown, a nuclear war or the many diseases and mutations in animals, plants and humans that will arise from the inevitable leakage of radioactive waste and the subsequent pollution of food chains for virtually infinity. I will walk people through this highly complex issue so that... read more
A unique, two-day symposium at which an international panel of leading experts in disarmament, political science, existential risk, artificial intelligence, anthropology, medicine, nuclear weapons and other nuclear issues will be held at The New York Academy of Medicine on Feb 28- March 1, 2015. The public is welcome.
A project of The Helen Caldicott Foundation
Students with a valid student ID: $30 (includes attendance and lunch for both days). Student ID must be presented at the door at check-in.
Registration at the door: $60 (includes attendance only for both days). No lunch will be provided. Access to the lunch area will be available only to pre-registrants. As time for networking is limited,... read more
Dr. Caldicott is an Australian physician, author, and anti-nuclear advocate who has founded several associations dedicated to opposing the use of nuclear power, depleted uranium munitions, and nuclear weapons. She has been awarded 21 honorary doctoral degrees and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling.
This symposium will be unique, linking the... read more
45 leading scholars, authors and activists convened at The Great Hall of Cooper Union, New York City, on October 25-26, 2014, for the symposium: “Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth.” Speakers discussed the profound impacts—environmental, economic and social—of runaway technological expansionism and cyber immersion; the tendency to see technology as the savior for all problems.
There are four videos in total. The first, above, is the introduction by Koohan Paik, titled “For the Good of Mankind” — Nukes, Drones and Robots”. The second, immediately below, is the presentation by Dr. Caldicott, “Hiroshima, Fukushima & Beyond”. The third video is of the presentation by Neisen Laukon, “Present at the Birth”. The fourth video is of Bruce Gagnon’s presentation, “Space Tech... read more
The worst-case scenario following the Fukushima meltdown – evacuating everybody within a 250-kilometre radius of the site (including Tokyo’s 50 million inhabitants), almost came to pass.
And that’s not the opinion of a scientist with a point to make, it’s Naoto Kan, former Japanese Prime Minister and now anti-nuclear advocate.
This collection of 20 essays on both the disaster (far worse than Chernobyl) and the dangers of nuclear energy contains some startling facts. The sheer volume of radio-activity released into the atmosphere after Fukushima was 500 times higher than Hiroshima.
The media and politicians, says Helen Caldicott, showed “woeful ignorance” of radiation. She organised a symposium in New York in 2013 and this is the outcome. The essays... read more