Earlier this week, famous theoretical scientist and astronomer Stephen Hawking talked at Oxford University Union. And he said some very interesting things in regard with the future of humanity and what we, as humans, must do in order to survive. According to him, the only viable solution might be to go find other planets on which to establish colonies. Long story short, to get off the Earth as soon as possible.
Artificial intelligence and climate change
Let’s get this straight. It is not like the world is ending tomorrow. But what Hawking means is to be more careful in the future. In his opinion, the world is facing some other threats right now. Think climate change catastrophes, the rise of artificial intelligence or even nuclear terrorism. These are all threats that might end humanity much quicker than we might imagine. But Stephen Hawking said that even if we survive those, there is still a high change that humans might still disappear. In his opinion, it might take around 1 000 years.
During his very interesting, one hour-long speech, Stephen Hawking said that our salvation might be thinking on long term. If humanity prepares in advance for… well, almost anything, then we might have a chance. He specified that people should not worry now, because the probability of something major happening in the next few years is very slim. But, something will indeed happen, according to him, in 1 000 to 10 000 years. So when that time comes, humanity should have already left Earth and establish colonies on other planets.
Friendly race, looking for housing!
Since 2009, NASA has been working to find other planets like the Earth, which might be inhabitable. And from what they have revealed, they have already found around 4 600 planets which might fit the description. Actually, the most interesting planet was discovered back in 1995, and it resembles the Earth enormously. It even orbits another star like our Sun. These are called exoplanets and twenty years ago, they were fiction. Now, they turned into reality.
Exoplanets and their mystery
But Stephen Hawing said that until then, we should really find a way to cooperate here on Earth and grow our chances of survival. On his opinion, technology helps humans a lot, but at the same time, it might be our undoing. If it gets out of hand, things might get ugly. Also, the threat of fully developed artificial intelligence is very serious. Humans might not keep up with it and it could end up redesigning itself over and over again, more powerful. Which would be a deadly mistake.
All in all, Stephen Hawking is still an optimistic guy. He finished his amazing speech by saying that we should
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
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