Today’s challenge is to rethink the scene of the possible “end of the world”. No technological madness, no despot who made indiscriminate use of a weapon of mass destruction. Nothing will be the same as before: not even how we imagine the catastrophe. The science fiction stories (not to mention the films) that we have read and seen about tomorrow’s world testify to yesterday’s fears.
*David Bidussa is a historian of social ideas.