Stephen Hawking warns that we will eventually destroy ourselves as a result of technology and war.
In some more good news: according to Steven Hawking, the world is in danger of being wiped out, and it’s all our fault.
As Hawking explained, the progress of science and technology is creating “new ways things can go wrong” for humanity. He cites nuclear war, global warming and genetically-engineered viruses as increasingly significant threats that we will most likely face in the future.
In an interview with the BBC, Hawking said:
“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.”
There is a bright side in all this doom and gloom.
“By that time we should have spread out into space, and to other stars, so a disaster on Earth would not mean the end of the human race,” Hawking said.
Hawking told The Guardian that we may not see colonies away from Earth for another 100 years, making this an especially critical time.
“We are not going to stop making progress, or reverse it, so we have to recognize the dangers and control them,” Hawking said. “I’m an optimist, and I believe we can.”
Last February, Hawking along with 1,000 other people signed an open letter against building autonomous weapons, or “killer robots.”
Hawking also warned against war and the threat of aggression, saying that: “It may have had survival advantage in caveman days to get more food, territory or a partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all.”