Humanity’s future is in peril thanks to so-called advancements in science and technology, claims Professor Stephen Hawking, who cited “nuclear war, global warming, and genetically-modified viruses” as deadly threats to our existence.
In fact, taken collectively, Hawking’s numerous warnings are aimed directly at the careless hubris of the ruling elites and their tendency to act in favor of profit — in a variety of fields — without consideration given to long-term consequences resulting from such hastily implemented projects.
Hawking described various “things that could go wrong” to an audience of hundreds. According to the BBC, Hawking cautioned:
“Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year might 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.”
“However, 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.”
The next 100 years will be crucial to humanity. Why? Because we are on the verge of letting things out of control. And if we lose control we are already beyond the line where chaos meant something else than complete destruction.
However, if we manage to survive the next 100 years and progress in healthy and beneficial scientific discoveries we may actually have a chance to discover the secrets of interstellar travel. This means we’ll be able to colonize and terraform other planets.
“We are not going to stop making progress, or reverse it, so we have to recognize the dangers and control them,” he stated. “I’m an optimist, and I believe we can.”
“It’s important to ensure that these changes are heading in the right directions. 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.”
Imagine if all of us understand the basics of science
If all of us put our minds together to invent something that will benefit humanity we may create INCREDIBLE things, things that will benefit the world and are not driven by greed or profit but by the necessities of the human spirit.
Hawking’s theories, of course, haven’t escaped criticism; yet he does maintain a healthy enthusiasm, which was evidenced in this advice he offered young scientists:
“From my own perspective, it has been a glorious time to be alive and doing research in theoretical physics. There is nothing like the Eureka moment of discovering something that no one knew before.”
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