The famed British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has plan B to offset our propensity for self-destruction. In a recent interview, the researcher was concerned about the humanity’s ability to yield new technologies in a way that doesn’t wipe the entire planet out; but still there is hope.
Hawking believes that at the current pace humanity nears its own destruction within the next few thousand years. He mentioned experiments with bio weapons, nuclear wars, and climate change as the main factors that may spell our doom.
Last year, the professor cautioned that the rise of intelligent robots may also pose a threat to humanity’s existence as we know it. In the recent interview, he was worried about unstoppable advances in other scientific fields that may lead to disaster, describing these advances as the greatest threat humanity currently faces.
But he believes that there is a plan B to the apocalyptic scenario: space colonization. The human race should focus on finding habitable planets in our galaxy and prepare to move there before disaster happens.
The cosmologist said that for the next hundred years risk of extinction is improbable but for the next millennium or ten thousand years the risk nears ‘certainty. He underscored that humanity’s greatest challenges stem from uncontrolled progress made in tech and scientific fields.
He added that there isn’t a ‘given year’ that may mark the end of humankind but as years go by the risk adds up. Yet, he is confident that in the next thousands of years the mankind would have found a solution to colonize other planets.
Still, he doesn’t believe that self-sustaining colonies could become a reality by the end of the century. So, he counseled caution for the period.
Hawkins acknowledged that there was no way back as in to stop technological progress from happening. He thinks that the best approach is to pinpoint the dangers and try to tackle them before things become uncontrollable.
“I’m an optimist, and I believe we can,”
Hawking also said.
The statements were the result of a question coming from a school kid who asked the professor whether mankind could face extinction at its own hands.
Hawking also highlighted to importance of education for our future as a race. He believes that every citizen should be educated in science to be able to make the best decisions for the future.
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