Last year, Stephen Hawking has warned us humans that we probably only have around 1,000 years left to thrive on Earth. Hawking also gave us a solution to save our race from this impending doomsday. "We must continue exploring space in order to improve our knowledge of humanity. We must go beyond our humble planet", he said. But a few months later, the renowned astrophysicist has greatly condensed millennium-long prediction to only a century.
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The future of humanity
Last year, in his speech at the Oxford University Union, Stephen Hawking has prophesied that humanity only has 1,000 years left on Earth. He expressed his concerns about the ticking clock of our planet and how everyone must also think of ways to survive.
"I don't think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet. I, therefore, want to encourage public interest in space, and I have been getting my training in early. Most recent advances in cosmology have been achieved from space where there are uninterrupted views of our Universe, but we must also continue to go into space for the future of humanity".
But Hawking has significantly lessened his 1,000-year prediction to only 100 years! He will detail out his 100-year revelation on the Earth's armageddon and his logic on why and how humans must immediately start inhabiting other planets in a BBC program called Stephen Hawking: Expedition New Earth that will air this summer.
This explains the eagerness of space enthusiasts like Elon Musk, Mars One, and NASA to speed up the race to colonize Mars. Many other research projects like making space bricks using moondust and Martian soil seems like a long stretch to establish a community outside of Earth. However, these newly discovered technologies promise to construct highly bespoke space structures.
But other futuristic technologies are not so good for our civilization. For example, artificial intelligence is predicted to be detrimental for humankind according to Hawking.
Despite the numerous advantages of artificial intelligence beings and their helpful use in the future, they also bring about destruction and harm.
"Alongside the benefits, AI will also bring dangers, like powerful autonomous weapons, or new ways for the few to oppress the many", said Hawking. So, perhaps this is where many research is going wrong. It seems like a waste of time develop technologies that will bring more destruction than advancements.
It's important that all of us are aboard on the mission to inhabit other planets. As the saying goes - "it's a small world after all" - and indeed it is, as there are millions of other universes out there and habitable planets and moons are starting to one by one reveal themselves. Hawking is a firm advocate of this and tries to inspire the public to be space-inclined too.
"Remember to look up to the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious and however life may seem there's always something you can do and succeed at - it matters that you don't just give up".