At the latest Reith Lectures that took place at the beginning of this January, Stephen Hawking lectured the world’s end. And it’s no Green Day song, it seems that the brilliant scientist is convinced that humans will destroy this planet one way or another.
Stephen Hawking, renowned astrophysicist that revolutionized the way in which we look at black holes and alternate universes, gave a chilling speech at the latest Reith Lectures sponsored by the BBC.
Even though he has foreseen the imminent end in various ways so far, it seems that the scientist has come to yet another answer to the question “How will it end?” One of the most intelligent minds alive thinks that our civilization will be extinct in approximately 10,000 years because of rapid technological advancements.
His theory is not at all farfetched if we think about the upcoming meeting with geologists across that world that will try to establish the exact point in which the Anthropocene era began. Humans managed to kick-start the beginning of a new geological era just a few tens of thousands of years after the last one occurred. As a comparison, the difference between the Jurassic and the Cretaceous was of a few million years.
So technological and scientific could prompt the world’s end. Critics say that the astrophysicist is just trying to scare the population because he has expressed several such grim theories across the years.
Before expressing his concern about what our rapid technological growth could do to us and our planet, Hawking warned the people about the dangers posed by rapid Artificial Intelligence development. And he is not the only one to do so. Bill Gates shares his fears of AI someday taking hold of humanity. And we’re not talking about Asimov fanatics, they are scientists that work with AI concepts.
Another hypothesis issued by Hawking is that global warming will transform Earth into a bare desert that will more likely resemble Venus. The green gases effect will raise the temperatures to levels that will not be compatible with life of any sorts. More information upon the subject can be found in the documentary starring Leonardo DiCaprio, 11th Hour.
Nuclear war has been scaring the population long before Stephen Hawking decided to address the matter. The nuclear devices across the world are being kept safe and locked up “just in case”. It’s exactly that presupposition that makes an impending nuclear war doom cut hours of sleep from the minds of citizens worldwide. As long as the technology exists, there will be a possibility of it being used. And Hawking only underlined the fact that humans are prone to violence from primal times.
As Stephen Hawking lectured the World’s end at the latest Reith Lectures, scientists and people across the world are left pondering upon the impact that they make on the planet.
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