World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking recently warned humanity that if they don’t manage to escape from our beloved planet, they are likely to wipe themselves out.
According to BBC, Hawking warned humanity of itself and the man-made dangers such as nuclear war, global warming and genetically-engineered viruses.
What makes the point worrisome is that Hawking thinks that chances of the catastrophe happening is not only increasing with each passing year, but there is very little that humanity can do to prevent it.
Though the idea of ‘escaping from earth’ seems reasonable, at present there aren’t any ‘space colonies’ where humans can go and settle after they leave earth.
These space colonies are like a distant future possibility, and at present we are yet to even put something like that n paper. Hawking himself knows it and says:
“We will not establish self-sustaining colonies in space for at least the next hundred years, so we have to be very careful in this period. As such, we should look to recognise the dangers and control them to ensure our continuing survival.”
Talking about global disasters and all that endanger earth, Professor 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. 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, was talking ahead of the BBC Reith Lectures, where he is expected to lay out his research on black holes.
The celebrate physicist has in the past too warned about the threats to the human race. His warning that one needs to be ‘very careful in this period’ is ominous and might accelerate the possibility of having self-sustaining colonies in space in next hundred years. A world renowned researcher in science and technology, Hawking has given a lot to the field, but despite that he has also repeatedly warned that science and technology can also bring huge danger to the human race.
But not giving into these negative thoughts Professor Hawking also said that he was an “optimist” and thus believes that humans can still control theses dangers.
In his advice to future scientists, Hawking added that they should from now on help people understand where these advances in science are going and ensure that it’s heading in the right direction.
Talking to the future scientists of the world Hawking said:
“In a democratic society, this means that everyone needs to have a basic understanding of science to make informed decisions about the future. So communicate plainly what you are trying to do in science, and who knows, you might even end up understanding it yourself.”
In a world where the race for nuclear armament and intensifying inter-country competitions over political dominance, Hawking’s warning should not be ignored.