You know all of those science fiction movies that have us searching for new planets for earth to colonise, so humanity can survive after we destroy the earth?
Well, they may not be so much “fiction” but more “science”.
And they may be something we need to pay attention to sooner rather than later.
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Super genius and renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has confirmed that we need to start seriously looking at planets to inhabit to escape our “fragile” planet, within the next century or so, give or take a decade.
“Professor Stephen Hawking thinks the human species will have to populate a new planet within 100 years if it is to survive,” said the BBC, who feature Hawking in a new series, Expedition New Earth.
“With climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth, our own planet is increasingly precarious.”
In Expedition, Hawking enlists engineering expert Danielle George and his own former student, Christophe Galfard, to go on a mission of discovery to see if (and more importantly, how) humans can quite literally reach for the stars and colonise different planets.
If the idea that our earth might be inhospitable to our grandchildren strikes fear into your heart, worry not – there’s a good chance we won’t even be here to fret.
In a previous chilling prediction, Hawking forecast the downfall of humanity at the hands of artificial intelligence.
“I think the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” Hawking told the BBC in an interview a few years back.
“Once humans develop artificial intelligence, it will take off on its own and redesign itself at an ever-increasing rate,” Hawking warned again in recent months.
“Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete and would be superseded.”
So to be clear: we need to develop technology as fast as we can so we can survive on another planet, but at the same time, we need to slow down on developing technology so we don’t wipe ourselves out.
Quite the conundrum.