“Oppenheimer” and Nuclear Risks Today
“Oppenheimer” and Nuclear Risks Today
Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer is the most high-profile film about nuclear weapons ever made. It’s the tale of the beginning of the atomic age and the man who led the Manhattan Project. Oppenheimer, out in theaters July 21, comes at an incredibly risky time, and the issues it raises are critically important.
Oppenheimer is not just history, and it’s not just a movie.
Today, there are 13,000 nuclear weapons spread across nine countries. Modern nuclear weapons are much more powerful (up to 80 times more powerful) than the bomb Oppenheimer created and those that were used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Nuclear threats also are getting worse. We’re on the precipice of a new nuclear arms race. China’s arsenal is growing. Russia avoided a near-civil war, and at any moment, the war in Ukraine could go nuclear. We’ve had tons of close calls in the past, and with the combination of last century’s weapons and this century’s threats (AI, cyber, terrorism), our luck could run out.
13,100 nuclear weapons in the world
9 countries with nuclear weapons
? more time until our luck runs out
The threat is real: Our nuclear weapons are much more powerful than Oppenheimer's atomic bomb
NTI's Joan Rohlfing and James McKeon break down current nuclear risks in USA Today ahead of the film's July 21 global release.
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Get Prepared to Watch
- “‘Oppenheimer’ Shows Science at the Mercy of Politics” by Kai Bird in The New York Times
- “Extended interview with Christopher Nolan, director of Oppenheimer” from The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
- “How Christopher Nolan Learned to Stop Worrying and Love AI” in Wired
- “J. Robert Oppenheimer: 5 Facts About the ‘Father of the Atomic Bomb’” from The History Channel
- American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
- “The ‘Oppenheimer’ Cast on Filming the Trinity Test, Immersing Themselves in their Characters, & More” from Fandango
- Sky News Interview with Christopher Nolan and Cillian Murphy
- Kai Bird on Robert Oppenheimer & Tactical Nuclear Weapons
- Pulitzer Prize Winning Authors Kai Bird and Dr. Martin Sherwin discuss J. Robert Oppenheimer
- PBS – New assessments of Oppenheimer’s role in history
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