During a speech Tuesday at University Oxford Union, Stephen Hawking gave a warning about the future of humanity. Apparently, humans only have 1000 years to live and we must find another planet in order to survive.
The renowned theoretical physicist said that even if humans survive the ravages of climate change, the real threat of nuclear terrorism and the rise of artificial intelligence in the next century, it doesn’t mean that we’re in the clear.
Hawking believes that remaining on Earth any longer places humanity at great risk of encountering mass extinction.
“We must .. continue to go into space for the future of humanity,” he said, per The Washington Post. “I don’t think we will survive another 1000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet.”
This isn’t the first time the 74-year-old Cambridge professor suggested that humankind must leave Earth in order to survive.
During a BBC Reith lecture last January, Hawking said humankind is getting closer to demise and it is our fault. He said that it’s inevitable that a disaster will strike the planet, as reported by USA Today.
Hawking also gave an ominous warning about the rise of artificial intelligence. He said that before we have a chance to relocate, we’ll first need to solve the possible threat created by technology.
During the BBC 2014 lecture, Hawking acknowledged technology’s role in ensuring mankind’s survival. However, when it comes to discussing the threat, he is unmistakably blunt.
“I think the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” he said.
Hawking cautioned that despite its usefulness, further developing A.I.could prove a fatal mistake.
“Once humans develop artificial intelligence, it will take off on its own and redesign itself at an ever-increasing rate,” he warned. “Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete and would be superseded.”
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