Out of the Cold War and its nuclear armaments came a new form of coping with radical uncertainty: scenario futures, world as war game. Caught somewhere between apocalypse and bureaucracy, between science fiction and the big science, a new breed of futurists tried to narrate through terror. Bit by bit, these shortform stories took hold, culminating in an attempt to imagine the world 10,000 years from now, so we could build a warning system for our descendants – 400 generations from now—alerting them to the dangerous presence of our nuclear detritus.

The lecture was held on 10 July 2016 at the symposium “Landscapes of Uncertainty” at Foreign Affairs 2016.