Hawking was quite eloquent when he spoke about the future of mankind. For example, that people will not be able to live long on planet Earth. We will have to migrate to another habitable planet in order to save our species.
Moreover, our planet is not located at a stable point. One day it will disappear along with the Sun. Therefore, we must think about how we can save our future generations.
We invite you to pay attention to some of Stephen Hawking’s statements regarding the future of mankind and the Earth.
People will have to leave the Earth
Stephen Hawking demanded that people start looking for new worlds to resettle. According to his theories, humanity will eventually fall victim to a global extinction caused by an asteroid.
He believed that one day our planet would disappear due to a collision with an asteroid. Hawking understood many other possible threats, such as climate change, artificial intelligence, viruses, and nuclear war. So he wanted us to find planets to save humanity.
Stephen Hawking feared that machines would one day take over the world. He was afraid that the development of artificial intelligence would lead to the emergence of a new form of life that would surpass humans. So he asked people to be very careful with AI and not let it make decisions.
“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” he said in a 2014 interview with the BBC. “It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”
Stephen Hawking considered global warming one of the main threats to life on Earth. Hawking warned of a so-called tipping point where global warming would be unstoppable.
He said that humans would not be able to survive on the planet after this “tipping point”.
Arrival of extraterrestrial alien civilizations
Stephen Hawking believed that aliens could harm humanity. He believed that they would cause destruction on the planet Earth, destroying humanity.
Some of his words make sense because we have no idea what kind of creatures live in space or what they have in mind. Future generations will have to face them, as astronomers can’t wait to get in touch with extraterrestrial beings.
“Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they could reach,” he said.
“Who knows what the limits would be?” And in the 2016 documentary Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places, Hawking reiterated his views: “Meeting an advanced civilization could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus. That didn’t turn out so well.”
Birth of superhumans
Stephen Hawking believed that in the future, people will improve their genetics by developing appropriate technologies. He was afraid that the appearance of superhumans would destroy the Earth.
Stephen Hawking believed that in the future they would introduce laws prohibiting genetic engineering using humans. But some people will not be able to resist the temptation to improve human qualities such as memory, disease resistance, and longevity.