That’s right, according to world renowned physicist/scientist Stephen Hawking, science & tech could wipe out the human race in the next 100 years. But it’s not all doom and gloom as many of the headlines and stories want you to believe. Hawking does hold out hope that the more intelligent and peace loving of the species will win out in time to ensure the survival of humankind, the rest will be left here to live in Mad Max purgatory. Hawking claims that the chances of a major disaster on Earth are rising and anything is possible within the next one to ten thousand years (a very large windows indeed). One of Hawking’s hopes is colonization of space but the physicist admits that is far off in the future.
“We will not establish self-sustaining colonies in space for at least the next hundred years, so we have to be very careful in this period,” Hawking said. His comments echo those of Lord Rees, the astronomer royal, who raised his own concerns about the risks of self-annihilation in his 2003 book Our Final Century.
“Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next thousand or ten thousand years,” Hawking said in advance of the BBC Reith Lectures, where Professor Hawking will lay out his research into black holes.
“We are not going to stop making progress, or reverse it, so we must recognise the dangers and control them,” he added.
One to ten thousand years is a huge timeline but it’s never too early to start understanding where our science & tech research is taking us. Both can be used to do extreme good but can also be used to do terrible things. Let’s hope our scientists and tech brains are able to recognize when things are going wrong and work towards fixing or stopping the problems before they start.
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