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Stephen Hawking: Humans May Be Wiped Out in 1,000 Years

Professor Stephen Hawking believes that our days are numbered as a species. (Image:  
Lwp Kommunikáció via  flickr  /  CC BY 2.0 )
Professor Stephen Hawking believes that our days are numbered as a species. (Image: Lwp Kommunikáció via flickr / CC BY 2.0 )

Professor Stephen Hawking believes that our days are numbered as a species and the only thing that can save us from certain extinction is setting up colonies elsewhere in our solar system.

The renowned theoretical physicist even provided humanity with a deadline for finding another planet to colonize: 1,000 years. Hawking said in a lecture at the Oxford Union debating society in the U.K.:

Hawking warned that our demise could even come sooner:

The larger version could launch small satellites into space and reach a 130-kilometer (81 miles) altitude above earth. (Image: wikimedia / CC0 1.0)

Hawking said: ‘We must continue to go into space for the future of humanity, I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet.’ (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Despite the faithful warning, Hawking also implored audience members to live their lives to the fullest while they still can:

The fate of humanity appears to have been weighing heavily on Hawking of late as he has spoken several times recently of what he sees as our doomed fate, with the risk of nuclear war and the threat of global climate change.

He also warned that the development of artificial intelligence (AI) could be “either the best, or the worst, thing ever to happen to humanity.”

Hawking also fears that lethal autonomous weapons (LAWs) could have serious consequences for humanity. In 2015, he added his name to a coalition of more than 20,000 researchers and experts, including Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and Noam Chomsky, calling for a ban on anyone developing lethal autonomous weapons that can fire on targets without human intervention.

He also warned that the development of artificial intelligence (AI), could be: "either the best, or the worst, thing ever to happen to humanity." (Image: ‪Edgarodriguezmunoz‪ ‬ via flickr / CC BY-SA 4.0)

Hawking also warned that the development of artificial intelligence (AI) could be ‘either the best, or the worst, thing ever to happen to humanity.’ (Image: ‪Edgarodriguezmunoz‪ ‬via flickr / CC BY-SA 4.0)

His wide-ranging talk at the Oxford Union was not all doom and gloom. He also touched upon the origins of the universe and Einstein’s theory of relativity, as well as his role in theoretical physics:

Speaking to audience members during the Q&A session, Hawking said that leaving the planet behind was our best hope for survival:

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