Renowned physicist Prof. Stephen Hawking, in a recent recording with the annual BBC Reith lectures, asserted that – A disaster on Earth within the next 1,000 to 10,000 years is a “near certainty”.
The cosmologist claims that the humanity will face most major threats like genetically engineered viruses, nuclear war and global warming all threatened to wipe out the human race in the near future.
Moreover, Hawking told that our own progress in technology and advances such as bio-engineering will also be the contributing factor for humanity’s demise, adding that the human race may only be able to survive in colonies on other planets in the solar system.
“We face a number of threats: nuclear war, global warming and genetically engineered viruses,”
“Although the chance of a disaster on planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, becoming 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 it 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.”
“Most of the threats we face come from the progress we’ve made in science and technology. We are not going to stop making progress, or reverse it, so we must recognise the dangers and control them. I’m an optimist, and I believe we can.”
“Science and technology are changing our world dramatically, so it’s important to ensure that these changes are heading in the right directions,” added Prof Hawking.
“In a democratic society, this means that everyone needs to have a basic understanding of science, to make informed decisions about the future.”
The first Reith Lecture will be broadcast on January 26 and on February 2 on BBC Radio 4.
Source : The Telegraph