Stephen Hawking has a rather grim forecast for the continuing lifespan of the human race. The theoretical physicist explained that science and technology are the greatest threats to our existence.
The 74-year-old said our current way of life will most likely kills humans before a disaster on Earth erupts, reports The Guardian via MSN. Stephen Hawking thinks that advances in science and technology, such as nuclear weapons and genetically engineered viruses, will be the ultimate destroyer.
He added that with new inventions come “new ways things can go wrong.”
Hawking added in his Q&A session at this year’s BBC Reigh lecture in England (9 Real Ways the World Could End), that a chance of disaster on earth is low in the short-term, but will end in the “next thousand or ten thousand years.” He added that by then, we should be spread out into space among other stars so that a disaster on planet Earth would not mean the end of the human race.
Stephen Hawking noted that 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.”
Being a man of science, Hawking knows no one is going to stop progress, but it should be controlled.
“We are not going to stop making progress, or reverse it, so we must recognize the dangers and control them,” Hawking aid.
As Yahoo News reports, this isn’t the first time that Stephen Hawking has expressed concerns of doom for humans. He once stated that artificial intelligence could “spell the end for the human race.” Hawking and billionaire entrepreneur, Elon Musk, have claimed that killer robots could do some serious harm. They both co-signed a public letter last year pressuring world leaders to ban killer robots.
Although his predictions of catastrophe were alarming, he didn’t view them as inevitable. Stephen Hawking describes himself as an “optimist” who believes humans can confront whatever risks they’re faced with.