World-renowned physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking’s died on Wednesday at the age of 76. In his life he has was busy hypothesising about how the world will end and has forewarned that humans must leave Earth within 100 years in order to sustain their survival.
According to the physicist the life on Earth is at an alarming risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as asteroid strikes, epidemics, over-population or climate change.
1. Death by fireball
We’re all going to die in less than 600 years when the Earth is so overpopulated our energy consumption will make the planet burn red.Prof Hawking was speaking at a Tencent WE Summit Beijing in November, where scientists meet from all over the world to share ideas.
He was reported as saying “By the year 2600, the world’s population would be standing shoulder to shoulder, and the electricity consumption would make the Earth glow red-hot.”2. Robots will take over the world.
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2. Robots will take over the world
Professor Hawking expressed his fear that artificial intelligence will replace humans.
Speaking in an interview to Wired.co.uk he said: “We need to move forward on artificial intelligence development but we also need to be mindful of its very real dangers.
“I fear that AI may replace humans altogether. If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that replicates itself.
“This will be a new form of life that will outperform humans.”
3. Human aggression and nuclear technology will kill us in the end
Speaking to the BBC as part of his 75th birthday celebrations he said: “I fear evolution has inbuilt greed and aggression to the human genome.
There is no sign of conflict lessening, and the development of militarised technology and weapons of mass destruction could make that disastrous.
The best hope for the survival of the human race might be independent colonies in space.”
Professor Hawking says we need to explore our technological capabilities to the fullest in order to avoid extinction.
If we do not find another planet to live on climate change, over population, pandemics and our warring ways will get us in the end.
This was explored in this year’s BBC Two documentary ‘Expedition New Earth’, in which the professor enlisted engineering expert Christophe Galfard to explore the feasibility to interplanetary travel.
5. Donald Trump
The professor has not shied away from criticising US president Donald Trump.
When the president announced in May he would not be signing the Paris climate change agreement, which aims to tackle the threat of global warming Hawking was among his most vocal opponents.
Speaking to the BBC during his birthday celebrations in July Hawking warned Trump’s decision to withdraw would “push the Earth over the brink”.
He said: “We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid.
“Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it’s one we can prevent if we act now.
“By denying the evidence for climate change, and pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Donald Trump will cause avoidable environmental damage to our beautiful planet, endangering the natural world, for us and our children.”
Physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that new technologies will likely bring about “new ways things can go wrong” for human survival.
When asked how the world will end, Hawking said that increasingly, most of the threats humanity faces come from progress made in science and technology. He says they include nuclear war, catastrophic global warming and genetically engineered viruses.