At the beginning of January news on how will the world end, according to Stephen Hawking was shared. Some of the assumptions of the professor at the Cambridge University include global warming, genetically created viruses and a nuclear war.
The theoretical physicist also fears that the artificial intelligence could endanger the entire humanity. He claims that these apocalyptic scenarios can be avoided only if the planet is left behind. He said that for now the chances of such major disasters are low for now, as the years will pass they will only increase. He approximated that in the next thousand years, the human annihilation by means of one of his apocalyptic scenarios is very likely to happen.
Hawking believes that in the next hundred years, self-sustaining colonies will exist in the space and he warns that until then people must be careful at the dangers that surround them. One of his biggest fears is the development of the artificial intelligence. Hawking believes that technology could both save and destroy the human kind. In an interview given to BBC in 2014, he talked about the threat that the full artificial intelligence could pose to the humans. He advises the researchers to stop the development of the artificial intelligence here, where it is still safe and useful. Hawking believes that further development of artificial intelligence could surpass the humans, who have a biological evolution that is slow. Some experts have proposed slowing down the innovation pace, but Hawking believes that is an unrealistic goal. He said that the best thing the experts could do in this situation is to assess the dangers and make sure that they can be controlled or even stopped.
Hawking also talked about other dangers, of which the experts should be more aware of. He said that many clinical trials that involve the genetic modifying of viruses, crops and other organisms are unsafe. Hawking claimed that some of them are done only for profit and some of them don’t follow the guidelines that ensure they pose no threat to humans.
Stephen Hawking also mentions the threat the global warming could have on the humanity. He believes that the day will come when the temperatures will be so high on Earth that human life will no longer be possible. He mentions that the carbon dioxide levels that have been rising from the burning of the fossil fuels is one of the main reasons of the global warming.
How will the world end, according to Stephen Hawking includes a lot of doomsday scenarios, which we hope will never occur.
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