Humanity has 1,000 years to survive – warned Stephen Hawking in a speech at the Oxford University Union. We must continue to go into space for the future of humanity, he suggested. The renowned Physicist has been in the news lately. He also cautioned that Artificial Intelligence could be the best or the worst thing to happen to the humanity.

Hawking pointed out that humans are prone to making the same mistakes over and over again. Being obsessed with our own history, we should know better. Hawking suspects that “powerful autonomous weapons” could have serious consequences for humanity.

Showing his apprehension of Artificial Intelligence, Hawking said that if humanity survives the rise of artificial intelligence, the problems are still huge. The impacts of climate change and the threat of nuclear terrorism are a few of the major troubles in the next century.

Hawking suggested that self-sustaining human colonies on Mars may not be a viable option for another 100 years. Thus we need to be “very careful” in the coming decades. Hawking said that leaving the planet seems to the best hope for survival in the precarious century ahead.

Hawking mentioned that it is a “glorious time to be alive and doing research into theoretical physics.” He also said that “Our picture of the universe has changed a great deal in the last 50 years. I am happy if I have made a small contribution“.

NASA has been trying to identify a suitable replacement of earth for a long time. Researchers have discovered more than 4,600 “candidate” planets and another 2,300 or so confirmed planets for human colonization.

Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, unveiled an ambitious plan of Mars colonization by 2024 in last September. Motivating the scholars, Hawking asked them to make sense, 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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