Before we analyze the diabolical prediction of Stephen Hawking about the human race coming to an end in 1000 years, let’s first get to know some basic facts about the man himself.
Stephen Hawking was born in Oxford, England, on January 8, 1942, to Frank and Isobel Hawking. His obsession with science and the cosmos started at a relatively early age.
At the young age of 21, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ACL), a debilitating disease that put him in the wheelchair. He was studying cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time.
However, that didn’t stop him from making a steady progress in science and cosmology, his passions. He is, now, a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.
On Monday, while giving a speech at the Oxford University Union, he announced that the human race would possibly become extinct in the next thousand years. However, he suggested that the survival of mankind would only be possible if we found another planet to inhabit.
During the one-hour-long speech he spoke about man’s comprehension of the universe, he emphasized on the importance of space exploration if humans were to survive, “but we must also continue to go into space for the future of humanity.” He went on to say, “I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet.”
He has in the past observed, “I believe that life on earth is at an ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster such as a sudden nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers.”
During the Oxford speech, while he offered a very dreadful view of our planet he also expressed hope for the future of space exploration and discovery. He said to all those gathered, “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.
”About Artificial Intelligence (AI) he said, despite its advantages, further advancement in AI could prove cataclysmic. “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 “Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete and would be superseded.”
This is a recurring concern that Hawking expressed at the Oxford speech. On Monday he advocated that the only way to move forward is to continue looking towards and into space for an answer.
When a highly qualified man like Hawking, who is a world-renowned physicist, scientist, researcher and what not, says that this is likely to happen, who am I to disagree? In fact, I feel that powers that be should wake up and notice!