Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) is a world-known cosmologist as well as a renowned physicist who left out a hub of valuable, inspirational and wise words prior to his death.
Hawking once emphasized that humankind has been the greatest threat for itself during an interview with Larry King of the Larry King Now talk show. We are heading towards a time when climatic changes wouldn’t be reversible. The main cause for this tragedy is the breakthrough without vision.
“We certainly have not become less greedy or less stupid,” Hawking said. “Six years ago I was worrying about pollution and overcrowding. They have gotten worse since then. The population has grown by half a billion since our last meeting [six years prior], with no end in sight. At this rate, it will be eleven billion by 2100.
In another interview with BBC, Hawking said, “We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid.”…
“Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it’s one we can prevent if we act now.”
The only possible solution for this is the interplanetary relocation
Even though there is another chance to save the Earth Hawking realized that humankind would never work in such a solid and united manner. In Hawking’s words, “[…]evolution has inbuilt greed and aggression to the human genome. There is no sign of conflict lessening, and the development of militarized technology and weapons of mass destruction could make that disastrous.”
One and only solution to save the life of our Earth and the living beings would be to relocate the planet for some time when the earth would become inhabitable.
“The best hope for the survival of the human race might be independent colonies in space.”
On Artificial Intelligence abuse and pollution
Hawking also said that air pollution rate in the world is highly increasing along with the climb in the growth curve during the past five years.
“Air pollution has increased over the past five years,” he said. “More than 80% of inhabitants of urban areas are exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution.”
The main contributor for environmental pollution is air pollution and the main cause for it is the combustion of fossil fuel. Fossil fuel which is a by-product of industrialization has become a severe threat for the humankind. Actually, there’s no reverse in the advancement of the modern world.
Hawking also presented his ideas about Artificial intelligence during the discussion with King. He stated that the world governments are dangerously engaging in “an AI arms race.”
“A rogue AI could be difficult to stop,” he said. “We need to ensure that AI is designed ethically with safeguards in place.”
Artificial Intelligence consists of a lot of advantages. But, when related to the misuse of it, it can be handled as a tool for destruction.
According to researcher Kate Crawford in 2017, “Just as we are seeing a step function increase in the spread of AI, something else is happening: the rise of ultra-nationalism, rightwing authoritarianism and fascism,” she said to The Guardian.
The physicist Stephen Hawking (estimated IQ – 162) was popular for his contributions towards the path of general relativity, quantum gravity and cosmology especially in the context of black holes. But unfortunately, the world famous Cambridge and Oxford trained scientist was slowly recovering from Lou Gehrig’s disease which is also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis which left him paralyzed throughout the rest of his life time.
Stephen Hawkings is a respectable person who remarked gold signs in the world of physics and science, leaving a hub of inspirational statements and authored books in his name.
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