Artificial Intelligence could wipe out humanity in another 1000 years, says Stephen Hawking

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 18 November 2016, 05:00 PM
Cosmologist Stephen Hawking (Getty Images)
Cosmologist Stephen Hawking (Getty Images)

Renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist has warned of the impending consequences of Artificial Intelligence. Hawking has been critical of skeptics of climate change which is a constant threat to human existence. According to him, creation of powerful, artificial intelligence will either be the best or prove to be destructive for humanity.

Hawking, while speaking  at the opening of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (LCFI) at Cambridge University, he provided a deadline to humanity for finding another planet, i.e; 1,000 years.

Remaining on earth for any longer, Hawking says, place humanity at greater risk of encountering another mass extinction.

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However, Hawking has been critical of the cons of Artificial Intelligence, as it poses a great threat to humanity. He even says, humanity could be the architect of its own destruction, referring to superintelligence.

“I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet,” Hawking said.

In his hour-long speech, Hawking touched upon different subjects of universe origin, Einstein's theory of relativity, as well as humanity's creation myths and God.

“Our picture of the universe has changed a great deal in the last 50 years, and I am happy if I have made a small contribution,” he added.

He noted, challenges ahead are immense and to survive the precarious century humans should look for another earthlike planet. Since 2009, NASA has been hunting for earthlike planets which possess the potential of human colonisation.