Physicist Stephen Hawking warned the mankind that probably we have only 1000 years to live on the Earth. He suggested that the only solution to save the existence of mankind is to set up colonies elsewhere in the solar system.
In a lecture at the University of Cambridge, he said, “We must … continue to go into space for the future of humanity. I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet.”
The New Zealand Herald reported that earlier, the celebrated professor warned that the survival of human beings is at risk from global warming, nuclear war and genetically engineered viruses.
The Heather Saul from The Independent reported that Hawking has suspected that human colonies on Mars will not be a viable option for another 100 years. So, we need to be very cautious for the coming decades.
Our future children will face a difficult challenge
Hawking said that our future would be a robot world and the future children will fight against climate change.
The 74-year old scientist said, “There are a lot of children here and I would like to speak about what the future will be like when they are older. They have many things to look forward to such as the development of robots, driverless cars and computers that will win every game you play.”
He warned that our children will face a challenging future.
AI could destroy our society
Talking about the artificial intelligence (AI) he said that “this will be either the best or the worst thing ever to happen to humanity”. He believes AI could destroy our society by overtaking humans. Hawking said, “I believe there is no deep difference between what can be achieved by a biological brain and what can be achieved by a computer. It, therefore, follows that computers can, in theory, emulate human intelligence – and exceed it.”
Stephen Hawking who inspired the world with his battle against motor neurone disease warned, “Alongside the benefits, AI will also bring dangers, like powerful autonomous weapons, or new ways for the few to oppress the many. It will bring great disruption to our economy. And in the future, AI could develop a will of its own – a will that is in conflict with ours.”
Last year Hawking added his name to an alliance of more than 20,000 experts and researchers including Steve Wozniak, Elon Musk and Noam Chomsky. They calling for a ban on anyone developing autonomous weapons that can fire on targets without human intervention.
In his new online film Stephen Hawking’s Favourite Places, he said, “I am more convinced than ever that we are not alone. But if the aliens are finding us, they will be vastly more powerful and may not see us as any more valuable than we see bacteria”.
If the deadline of human lives will only 1000 years as Hawking said then it means the only back-up to survive our mistakes is to explore the space to find somewhere else in the solar system.
But don’t be pessimist thinking human existence after 1000 years as Hawking said there is a lot to think positive. He described 2016 as “glorious time to be alive and doing research into theoretical physics”.
He told the students at the Cambridge lecture, “Try to make sense of what you see, wonder about what makes the Universe exist. Be curious.” As Hawking saying no matter how hard the life, there is always something to do and succeed at. Just don’t give up.