Stephen Hawking Says Humanity Won’t Survive 1000 Years On Earth
International Business Times Article 11/16/16
Full article: http://www.ibtimes.com/when-world-going-end-stephen-hawking-says-humanity-wont-survive-1000-years-earth-2446836
I have no expertise in verifying the professionalism of the International Business Times, NOR whether the article ACCURATELY reflects what Mr Hawking said (according to the article he spoke for an hour; that's a considerable amount of verbiage to distill down to a handful of paragraphs).
First five paragraphs verbatim:
Stephen Hawking believes that humanity has less than a thousand years on Earth before a mass extinction occurs, the leading theoretical physicist said during a speech Tuesday at Oxford University Union, U.K.
According to Hawking, the only way humans can avoid the possibility of extinction was to find another planet to inhabit. At the talk, Hawking gave a one-hour speech on man's understanding of the origin of the universe from primordial creation myths to the most cutting-edge predictions made by "M-theory," which presents an idea about the basic substance of the universe.
“We must also continue to go into space for the future of humanity,” he said. “I don’t think we will survive another 1000 without escaping beyond our fragile planet.”
Earlier this year, the 74-year-old predicted that technology would lead Earth to a virtually inevitable global cataclysm.
“We face a number of threats to our survival from nuclear war, catastrophic global warming, and genetically engineered viruses,” he said in January. “The number is likely to increase in the future, with the development of new technologies, and new ways things can go wrong. Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time.”
Hawking reportedly added that finding another planet was the only chance of survival.
We'll invent AI capable of complex thought and send them to galaxies far, far away and the best of us as far as art, literature, maths etc. will go with them in the form of artefacts. We may freeze some humans to start again but humanity en masse is following a path of self destruction which in light of recent events may not even last 1000 years, or even 100.
Did you see the bloke from the Philippines appealing to Donald Trump not to abandon global warming strategies? They showed how the sea level has
risen over the last few decades.
What with that and all the other stuff, I'd say we've got less than 1,000 years.
I hope we never infect another planet, as we have this one. The way things are going, we won't last TEN years.
This, for example, gives me the willies.