Emerging Technologies And Nuclear Risks

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Emerging technologies could significantly increase the risk of nuclear weapons use. New developments in offensive cyber capabilities, artificial intelligence and autonomous technologies will significantly impact on military behaviour, and experts agree that they could add another layer of risk to an already unacceptable level of risk of nuclear weapons use.

Any use of nuclear weapons, either by intent, accident or miscalculation, will cause catastrophic humanitarian consequences, so it is critical that policymakers and the public understand the pre-existing dangers of nuclear weapons as well as added risks posed by emerging technologies. Adopting measures that only seek to reduce or mitigate the additional risk that emerging technologies pose to nuclear weapon use is not an adequate response to the nuclear status quo. Eliminating nuclear weapons is the only way to eliminate these risks altogether.

What are the risks?

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The specific risks posed by advancements in cyber operations and artificial intelligence are still being discovered, but some risks include:

  • Cyber attacks could manipulate the information decision-makers get to launch nuclear weapons, and interfere with the operation of nuclear weapons themselves;
  • The increased application of advanced machine learning in defense systems can speed up warfare – giving decision-makers even less time to consider whether or not to launch nuclear weapons;
  • Countries may be eager to apply new artificial intelligence technologies before they understand the full implications of these technologies;
  • It is impossible to eliminate the risk of core nuclear weapons systems being hacked or compromised without eliminating nuclear weapons.

What is ICAN doing about it?

ICAN is calling attention to this urgent problem and calling on policy makers to take action. ICAN hosted a one-day expert meeting in 2019 on this subject. Our meeting brought together about a dozen academics, policy makers and activists to discuss the increasing threat posed by applying emerging technologies to nuclear weapons, the solutions to reduce this threat and how to communicate about it to the public.

Throughout the meeting, we debated how to effectively communicate these threats to the public to better engage them on the subject and encourage action. This expert workshop informed our briefing memo, which activists and policy makers, can use to get up to speed on the risks and determine how we can work together to address the problem.

What you can do:

  • Download this briefing paper to get the facts on the risks and what needs to be done.
  • Tell your representatives that you are concerned about the rising risk of nuclear weapons use and that its time for policy makers to get rid of nuclear weapons before it is too late.
  • Tell your country to join the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and take nuclear weapons off the table for good.
  • Encourage your city to join ICAN’s Cities Appeal to show your support for a world free of nuclear weapons.
  • voza0db

    I’ve not doubt that the United States of Terrorism is ready [and probably anxious] to use the brand new NUKES it has in the arsenal.

    But just like in the Past cowards like the american terrorists will only use them against people that can’t strike back.

    So if these modern dumb slaves still believe in the global nuclear event nonsense… just stop!

    A Global Nuclear Event between peoples that have and can use such weapons will never occur. It’s does not provide PROFIT (neither in the short term or the long) and the dumb assholes using them will be committing suicide… So, no such fun will exist!

  • Marybeth Webster

    db, You’re as scared and as angry as I am! Thanks for your concise eloquence!

    It’s a cheap shot for me at 90, but along with me would end a legacy sent through me by brave migrants, evacuees, and pioneers of ages past. So would end the magnificent creativity of the human species i.e. the scientists who work for our survival if the planet heats up too much: my grandson, a PhD in Evolutionary Biology and his half-Ecuadoran son and daughter, at 5 and 7 already fluently bi-lingual avid learners; artists and their teachers who distill and teach us beauty and order out of chaos. like my daughter and two of my grandchildren; ah, and my psychologist colleagues who strive for balance and compassion; my Council of Elders that works for civil discourse. The DNA of each of us bubbles with potential creativity! What a terrible loss.

    Natural cycles usually correct aspects of civilization that have gone too far–Feudalism, ignorance, now Christianity and Capitalism are the ones that have outgrown their developmental usefulness.

    Is there time for the correctants to take effect? This is a critical decision point — a crisis. Thanks for sparking me to share my pain.

  • voza0db

    Hello Marybeth.

    Why are you scared and angry goes beyond my ability to grasp… My state of compassion is balanced.

    Natural cycles are good at resetting unbalanced systems. All uman creations, from feudalism, christianity, capitalism, socialism, communism, buddhism, monarchy and so on are naturally unbalanced, for they were created by an unbalanced and divided animal using incomplete Thought.

    And when we replace Compassion with Thought… Nukes pop-up!

    Be well… Forget pain.

  • Marybeth Webster

    You have more faith that I do in human ability to think rationally. that surprises me coming from the author of such original terms as United States of terrorism, modern dumb slaves –eloquent, angry words. That’s OK if you come out with hope. I seriously wonder if such a gang can discern that extinction includes themselves.

  • voza0db

    Those are not angry words, they are just a fair representation of Reality, are they not?

    The “human” ability to to think rationally was, and still is, the driving force of utter division and conflict and destruction. In reality uman animals are incapable of thinking rationally. They feed that delusion into themselves.

    Hope… I don’t use that! I do not wait to change the things that are in my range of influence… a very limited [individual] range.

    If that “extinction” is in relation to the use of nukes… Yes they are aware. That’s why they don’t use them against those that also have them!

  • Marybeth Webster

    I’m fascinated by your reasoning. Who could argue with your idea tht humans are incapable of thinking rationally? I call your angry words reasonable because I agree with them. I guess that doesn’t prove anything. It seems irrational to me to think mad, greedy, leaders won’t use their nukes. I wish I had your confidence. Then I wouldn’t be scared either. I told you a lot about myself in my first response. Would you be willing to tell me a bit about yourself?

  • voza0db

    Among other stuff…

    About ME…

    Well… I no DUMB, just a little bit!

    I know I can’t CHANGE THE MAIN SYSTEM nor the multitude of sub-systems.

    So… What do I do?

    Many years ago (10+) I stopped being a degenerated necrophagous uman animal. Now I’m just a degenerated uman animal.

    I try always to buy local (country level) food.
    I don’t buy anything that I don’t need.
    I don’t buy electronics just because! (example my (CRT)TV was bought in 1997)

    I never smoked or consumed drugs (no matter the legal status!).
    I’ve also stopped having fiat money at the banks (only leave the quantity necessary to pay the mortgage and the associated multi-risks insurance nothing else) since the last financial terrorist attack of 2007/8.
    I don’t travel for purposes of “tourism” or vacations.
    I don’t use the private ICE vehicle to go to work.
    I don’t have a smartphone/tablet/laptop nor mobile internet access.
    I don’t have social media accounts (Fakebook/Twatter/Instagram and so on).
    I don’t go to the cinema or other entertainments (shows, concerts circus and so on).
    I don’t buy news papers nor magazines nor books.
    I’ve taken care of 3 abandoned felines. One died. Two still around.
    I’ve no offspring. A joint decision with the Female that shares her existence with me. We Love them.

    In short, this is what I do. From what one does one can get a picture of what one is! Quite boring and ineffective but almost free of stress! I know… selfish.

  • voza0db

    What means for you “rational thought”?

  • voza0db

    Trump ups nuclear ante with ‘baby’ nukes

    W76-2 warhead has an explosive yield of five kilotons, a third of the power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima

    One possible use…

  • Marybeth Webster

    I waited until I had time to think about each line. All I have is my 90 years of experience/filters to interpret your writing. I see a very intelligent, original, natural-born philosopher. You make very thoughtful decisions about what to consume and how to live ethically. You walk your talk.

    How did you manage to not smoke or drink? That seems amazing. I was put off by my father’s smoking. The bottle of sherry the postmaster gave all the clerks for Christmas sat on a high shelf until the next fall when my mother poured it over dozens of fruitcakes to give for Christmas. I drank weak scotch highballs when I lived in the tropics, especially during dances (for hydration).

    No media. no movies or concerts, no written material! Sounds monk-like and quite un-American!

    I see you as an idealist and probably a delightful, funny, kind partner and cat daddy. Have you studied Zen or Vipasana? Your big view surely isn’t Christian, or is it?

    I feel sad that you think your list is boring and ineffective –or is that false modesty joking? Actually, “free of stress” sounds a bit boring! My Women in Black stand for peace this morning in 45-degree weather helps me grieve for all who are harmed by violence. Is there any overt way you are an activist? Certainly your small carbon footprint is most admirable and hardly selfish.

    Ok. It’s bedtime. All the best

  • voza0db

    How did you manage to not smoke or drink?“… Never saw the point!

    No media. no movies or concerts, no written material! Sounds monk-like and quite un-American!“… I read stuff, just not books and main news media!

    No monk, and indeed it is un-American but is also un-Developed Countries like lifestyle.

    No to Zen and for Vipasana – after performing a DDG search – also a no.

    Indeed I follow no religious tales.

    Don’t feel sad! My list is not boring but it’s ineffective in relation to a bigger scenario!

    Yes, that was a joke because that’s what other fellow readers classified it! Most of the things I perform daily are considered a form of activism.

    Be well…

  • Marybeth Webster

    You must spend a huge amount of time writing your “column”. How do you have time to earn your rice and beans? I live on social security only, having spent my savings on “good” projects –1) an eight-year peace action, doing “Despair & Empowerment” workshops in 30 states and NZ, Australia and Canada; 2) founding a community-building center in Mexico built on participative democracy and classes to improve the lot of deportees and potential migrants (skill-building, Permaculture, nutrition, English lessons, food service, recycling of used items, art therapy, etc); 3) currently, facilitating a civil discourse project and giving free SoulCollage(R) workshops that in fact provide supportive self-help to combat the stress of living under this present regime.

    Ineffective is one of my current “labels”. I’m trying not to feel despair.

    I wonder how old you are and hope you’re under 50 so you’ll be a good influence as long as possible,

    Un-American/Undeveloped country lifestyle: I lived in Central America for almost 9 years. I was/am embarrassed and ashamed of my white privilege. I’m aware of many paradoxes: I buy all my clothes and housewares at thriftshops; I don’t drive only because I’m too old.

    DDG on my search is something I’d never, as a old white female, heard of. Thanks for the introduction — I think.

    I appreciate your responses. I look forward to them. I’m off now to a flash-mob demo against the impeachment verdict. MW

  • voza0db

    The good think about not needing much or wanting useless stuff is that the level of modern monetary slavery required is very low!

    I’m still under 50, but pretty close! Less than the number of fingers in one hand…

    Duckduckgo is – for now – the only search engine I use… No tracking or recording!

    Well that CIRCUS ended as foreseen…


    Do not FORGET that ALL POLITICIANS are scoundrels, and that the DNC & GOP LLC are always working together.

  • Howard

    You two, like me, are escapees of the doctrinal system and I hope there are more and more of us escaping. However, we need to challenge the private Money Power that rules everything including public policy. We can spend all our time addressing the injury caused by the usurious debt-money system, (like playing wack-a-mole) poverty, pollution, war, racism etc. which are all symptoms of the ‘disease,’ but as any physician will tell you treating only the symptoms tends to further mask the disease. As Thoreau put it, stop hacking the branches and hack the root. We need a mass mobilization motivated by these destructive symptoms to change the money system from a private system that issues all money as debt for-profit, mostly for speculation (their economy), to a public system that issues all money as a permanently circulating asset for production (our economy). This will reverse both the physical and psychological consequences of this destructive system, all the big centralized systems will begin to shrink and decentralize; energy, agriculture, city populations etc.. Of course it will require an extraordinary human collaboration and focus within a money system that psychologically discourages collaboration which is why more and more escapees are so important. We can negative ourselves out of existence if we are not CAREfull. Changing the money from private to public as I’ve described (NEED Act HR2990) would create an Economics of Care that would replace the Economics of Greed. It is all coming to a head, much more destruction at hand, will we or won’t we?

  • Marybeth Webster

    In the tiny foto you look a bit like Lenin the last time I saw him laid out in his Plexiglas box in Moscow (1986). Very handsome. Now buried. I was on a $2000 comparative education tour, one of the first allowed in the Soviet Union. I earned five credits toward my Masters in secondary counseling! Life-changing!

    Welcome. Can you tell me more about how you got to your present escapee-ism?

    Thanks for joining me and dB. Our stories of escape are probably very different, yet here we are together. I admire your articulation of the fall of the capitalist system. As a psychotherapist, I tend to use what energy I have left focusing on the collaboration. My Council of Elders is sponsoring Red/Blue discussions, some single-topic ones on abortion, gun control, etc. It is the Better Angels model of facilitated discussion that miraculously leads to finding common ground and working toward, for example, fewer abortions.

  • Marybeth Webster

    Sad truth. I wrote in “Snoopy” on many a ballot.

  • Howard

    That is good work Marybeth, I recognize that. The photo is of the great radical economist, Silvio Gesell whose ideas created the “Miracle of Wörgl.” I would say LSD and similar compounds helped me escape and I hitchhiked around the country until I ended up on The Farm in ’73, an intentionally collective community living according to the Book of Acts, the Marxist ideal, where I lived for 10 years. When the collective effort ended we moved to the city to finish raising our kids, helped found a Peace and Justice Center, got my architects license and dove into natural pre-industrial building methods, ran for office a few times and that put me onto figuring out what was wrong with our economy which led me to study money. A money system is the most powerful influence on the behavior of a society. Our money system is based on usury which all the great religions banned and all the great philosophers condemned. Dante’ described usury as “an extraordinarily efficient form of violence by which one does the most damage with the least effort.” There is a growing body of research on the psychological consequences of money which in our system are the effects of usury. I think usury is the sin of sins, the progenitor of the 7 deadly sins, all rife within our society.

  • Marybeth Webster

    On my Peace Pilgrimage through 29 states in 1984-85 I visited intentional communities, trying to find a home. I stayed a month in Waldon II, close but no cigar since I would have been the oldest person and still had to weave hammocks 60 hours a week! I didn’t visit the Farm because I had heard it was tyrannized by a patriarchal leader, and as a woman, enough already! I’d left an abusive marriage, raised 4 kids and was on my own for the first time. I never did find a community. –got hooked on solitude. I ran out of $$ and went back to school where I found Art Therapy, did a 5 1/2 year clinical Masters and then practiced until I was 84. How old are your kids now?

  • Howard

    LOL, a friend I knew before going to The Farm once told me that on the phone when I was living there after I asked her to come for a visit. I would say Stephen, our “leader”, was never a tyrant in my experience, more like a Quaker, everyone’s friend, not a boss, someone everyone liked hanging out with and talking. As for sexism, women ran the bank, the clinic, the medical and Tempe’ labs, the store, the community kitchen and soy dairy, the Farm School and the community served the midwives, a crew of women guided by Ina May, as a top priority. We hosted hundreds of “birthing couples” who came to have their baby at home naturally. Our mission was to ‘save the world’ by showing how to live happily in community and lightly on the Earth. We built our own little town, our own flour mill, pottery factory, a publishing company, manufactured fetal monitors and hi-tech miniature Geiger counters marketed as Nuke Busters which are all over the world now and founded Plenty International, an environmental, humanitarian aid and human rights organization, run an ambulance service, motor pool and a farming operation. Probably good that rumor was out there keeping people from visiting becasue as it was we had 12-1500 people, half of which were our children and had 15,000 visitors per year who stayed longer than 3 days. We had a bustling visitor center we took turns running. On one of our turns, my wife and I hosted Wavy Gravy, a hilarious ’60s figure. I lived there for 10 years of its collective period and left the day it officially changed from a collective to more of a coop. They’re still doing good work, some of the kids are coming back to live there, I live an hour away.

  • Marybeth Webster

    So much for our communication system! I wish I’d known, or better to say, I wish I hadn’t been so uppity that I didn’t even come to check out the Farm. We might have been neighbors 46 years ago! It sounds fabulous. I met Wavy gravy too! So how do you earn your rice and beans now? Do you have children? My mission on my Peace Pilgrimage was also to save the world, specifically for my grandson, Chris by activating people via the Johanna Macy “Despair & Empowerment” workshops.

  • Howard

    I am a semi-retired architect, I have grown children, 2 boys and a girl. daughter is nearby, boys are in Phoenix and Boulder.

  • Marybeth Webster

    Are your kids with you politically? I have only one activist kid–the eldest daughter who teaches mostly women to build cob houses all over the world. She’s also active in stopping a pipeline locally. One son died of cancer at age 57 5 years ago. One daughter is an artist and art teacher & the youngest son is “divorced” from us all–a very angry full-time victim. Architecture! How have you expressed that professionally? I was fascinated by Soleri’s Arcosante north of Phoenix. Have you seen it? I went just for day trips several times when I lived in AZ.

  • Marybeth Webster

    Now my not-angry friend, you are calling me a dumb slave! and I may well be! I still find it amazing that a nation founded in slavery and genocide could produce millions of optimists and patriots like me! Everyone listens selectively. We see only what our eyes are trained to see…unless we travel and live in other countries. Unless we get a higher education which requires us to hear and see new things. And unless we become penpals with people who barely speak the same language but who equally long for true participative democracy or some means to value and respect every single creature on the planet –and the mountains and rivers and seas.

  • voza0db

    Waste of TIME and RESOURCES…

    One does not need to travel and live in other countries to know the behaviour of the degenerated uman animals that live in those places.

    “Higher education” means what, exactly?!

    “True participative democracy” can only occur with a small group of animals and ALL those animals can’t be umans.

  • Marybeth Webster

    Right that travel isn’t necessary. Astute observers or those who have to deal with a lot of “3rd World” conditions don’t need to travel, but if you were born comfortable middle-class, it helps I think. Higher education means college and above. In literature alone, worlds of alternative experiences are exposed. Also psychology in my case. I’ve had tastes of participatory democracy like Walden !! and Koinonia, and my project in Mexico, the Women’s Movement, and Better Angels, and the Society of Friends (Quaker) which feel better than hierarchy.

    I’m sorry if I’m annoying you. Please keep sharing your unique take on current events, the shaping influences that inform you.

  • voza0db

    No annoyance whatsoever!

    Walden (another DDG searh for me!)…But from the short synopsis it shows to be another simple example that only in small groups or with one individual the uman animal can live a Balanced existence.

    I choose not to go to college…

  • Marybeth Webster

    Neither of my parents got college so I was trained to save 10 cents out of my 25 cent allowance from an early age and my little brother and I made a festive event of taking out deposits to the bank every month. I saw that my relatives on my grandmother’s side had exciting lives as professors, world travelers, and authors, while the highschool-only side were small business owners or federal employees. My brother got to go to Dartmouth on the strength of his name, Daniel Webster and live in his namesake’s cottage. I went to Jr. college in the hometown, got married, had a 17-year “vacation” to raise 4 kids and live in several different countries, then divorced and needed to make a living. my teacher’s temporary post WWII certificate had expired so I went back, finished the BA, went on for a Masters in Educational Psychology, worked a decade, went for a PhD and found I still wasn’t doing the work in the world I wanted. Then I heard of Art Therapy and happened to have a good department in the nearby college where I also qualified for tuition-free study in the over-60 experiment. I was 66 when i completed that and was able to practice until I was 84. Along the way I’ve had wonderful adventures –inner and outer–and am glad I invested in it. My brother, a musician, played in the Boston Symphony, then went back for a Masters in journalism and became the music critic of the Philadelphia Inquirer for 30 years. He was a sophisticated Easterner and I was an unpretentious Westerner and do-gooder (as he would say). I loved school. I loved writing. And as a woman, I believe I was at some level aware that I was increasing my power to be heard, to be well-paid, to be respected. Only one of my four children has a college degree and their lives are as exciting and contributive as I could wish.

    I’d be interested to know your education history and how you decided against college (so far). (and I’m quite aware that I’m distracting myself from watching the news, but I enjoy talking to you.)

  • voza0db

    My decision was very simple and made via observation!

    My elder brother got in. At that time to get the first college degree it was necessary 4 years of theory plus 1 of practice. After this one at least more 3 years for the next level and then another 3/5 for the next!

    I read the lessons he was taking (we were in the same area: Biology!) and the total curriculum and it wasn’t good. Even he almost quit on the 3rd year…

    Watching him and the others made me realize how wasteful, for me, all that stuff was. So I decided to put traditional college aside and went for more specific and technical/practical courses.

    His effort and time does not mean much in terms of financial return after all these years!

    In no time it seems that even the dudes/gals that work in garbage collection will need a “college degree”!

  • Marybeth Webster

    I realize that my good experiences were many decades earlier than those of recent students. in 1967 my profs were raising the alarm about the corruption of the world by big money! Can you believe tht I was 37 before I knew the US had put Japanese in concentration camps!!!? I saw when one son was in Agriculture at Cal Ply that industry and big ag businesses were running the show, peddling chemicals and practices that no good farmer could stomach. I believe all the sciences were warped by the investments of big business. The social sciences less so (maybe) but the urge to turn out low-wage social workers instead of psychologists cheapened the field and made everyone susceptible to the give-em-a-shot-and-shut-em-up non-treatment. I know from dating an Econ professor that supply-side economics was being tauted back in the 60’s.

    Here’s another example of your independence and thoughtfulness. I wonder if your parents were wise and analytical? Do you represent some part of your generation? Millenial? Anyway, i find you wise beyond your years.

  • voza0db

    In today’s wonderful civilization even social sciences are corrupted by the MONETARY SYSTEM. After all it’s uman animals that practice “social sciences”.

    When I use the words “United States of Terrorism” this is not a cartoonish representation. The last word is the best representation of what that collective group of uman animals really are!

    In these 244 years of official existence under the tag USofT a lot of degeneration has been achieved.

    But don’t be upset… I’m the descendent of almost X Centuries of Collective Terrorism called “Portugal”. No wonder we were one of the Founders of the North Atlantic Terrorist Organization (NATO) that keeps performing wonders around the Planet.

    About by parents… No. I’m just like them… Regular uman animal.

    I’m almost half a century of existence. And I don’t want to be the representation of anything.

  • Marybeth Webster

    Big grin! You’re so prickly! If you’re just like your parents, then they must be independent and curious and non-conforming, ?no?

    The urge to argue with you feels playful, not a need to change your mind. I’d just like to understand more. I question authority, even my own. And I’m more and more aware of how sheeplike I’ve been in some ways. I thought our system was self-correcting and would work given time. Now I’m at sea. What could reverse this inhuman destructive greed?

  • voza0db

    Starting from the last question… 100% degeneration.

    Now from the start…

    Those are way too many tags!

    Being inquisitive about everything is always a positive thing, something that is not that abundant nowadays. Modern slaves prefer easy simple to digest bits so that our horrible existence isn’t hit by Light.

    If the “our system” you are referring to the “Monetary System” let me tell you that it’s not “our” system… The main system is the property of the SRF. They run it as they see fit for them and a not very large group of special Friends.

  • Marybeth Webster

    So..we should eat, drink, and be merry or we should all commit suicide or ??? Do you mean Yogananda’s SRF?

  • voza0db

    SRF Secular Ruling Families! I thought I’d already talked with you about these wonderful and compassionate Families…

    We won’t be needing suicide!

  • Marybeth Webster

    I don’t think you mentioned SRF. You so often are sardonic that I’m not sure when you mean wonderful and compassionate in their positive sense. Tell me more.

  • voza0db

    I did… just above! “ The main system is the property of the SRF.!

    I’ll paint a picture!

    After this lovely picture it’s clear that I was being indeed sardonic!

  • Marybeth Webster

    Wow! My computer must be as old-fashioned as I am because this is just now coming through. Did you design it? It paints an ugly picture of “The End of the Myth” (a fine book I’m reading by Greg Grandin.

  • voza0db


    Yes… I made that simple info-graphic. It the most simple depiction of what we, the “modern slaves/consumers” in the bottom, are up against!

    This one is also FUNNY… Just for one of the SRF!

    (If you’re using rotten Apple or Microsoft… no wonder! Go Linux Mint (it’s easy to use!))

  • Marybeth Webster

    Even blow up, I can’t make out the text on this one. I wonder if there’s another way to send it. Your mastery of spacial relations, the electronics needed to build the vision, and the analytical skill plus synthesizing of information is amazing! I feel my brain struggling to expand! Most of the time it’s busy shrinking, or better to say, tossing out old info just to avoid mental obesity. thanks!

  • voza0db


    right-Click on the image… Choose “Open link in new tab”;

    If you have “focus on new open tab” option on, then you are in the new tab with the picture… else click the new tab;

    Go to the view menu-zoom and choose the level;

    You can also use the keyboard to zoom in or out
    Press and hold the key “Ctrl” + the “+” key (the + key in the side number keyboard or the – key to zoom out!)

  • voza0db

    You see HOW POWERFUL the SRF are

    That comment with the web of one of the SRF was “detected and marked as spam” either automatically or some modern dumb slave thinks (s)he is a protector of her/his Masters!

    Funny isn’t it…

  • voza0db

    another example how fake “freedom of speech” fighters and the likes operate!


    Read it fast or it’s going to be deleted also…