During a recent conference hosted at the Oxford Union, Stephen Hawking, the celebrated physicist, author of many books on the origin of the Universe, stated that humanity wouldn’t live for more than 1,000 on Earth.
When discussing themes related to society, Stephen Hawking argued that we will be forced to leave the boundaries of our green haven if we ever hope to survive as a species. Hawking predicted that taking into account how society progresses, humanity will be extinct in the next 1,000 years.
The celebrated cosmologist and theoretical physicist declared that among the most probable cause which can lead to our extinction are global warming, overpopulation, food overtaxing, and nuclear warfare.
Furthermore, it would also seem that our technology will contribute to our undoing. Stephen Hawking declared that post-apocalyptical scenarios like that brought forth by ‘The Terminator’ franchise could become a reality.
Last year, researchers wanted to construct a military drone that was able to recognize and eliminate a threat based on a computer algorithm. Granted that this is indeed a technological breakthrough, but the moral implications cannot be averted. What if the program goes haywire and the mechanical man will be incapable of distinguishing between friend or foe?
To avert this very real threat, Stephen Hawking said that we have to step up our efforts to reach and colonize other planets which exhibit Earth-like conditions. And it would seem that Hawking’s strive to avert humanity’s downfall was heard from afar.
Recently, a jet propulsion laboratory from NASA developed an experimental engine that functions using high-intensity microwaves. According to the scientists working on the project, should the engine be mounted on a spacecraft, the vessel could reach the Red Planet in less than 70 days, compared to 300 days with engines running on jet fuel.
Furthermore, we should also consider the fact that Proxima Centauri, a system very close to our Solar System, contains a planet with Earth-like conditions. Upon investigating Proxima Centauri, scientists have discovered that Proxima Centauri B, a planet that revolves around the eponymous red dwarf, has optimal temperature and atmospheric conditions to support human life.
The game is afoot, as the great consultant detective would put it. The tables are set, the dice have been thrown, and the last thing left to do is to take that one difficult leap of faith.
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