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.
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.
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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:
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“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.”
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.
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.
“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.”