“Mankind could be wiped out by our own creations within the next 100 years.”
1/20/16 -Cheery physicist Professor Stephen Hawking says that mankind could be wiped out by our own creations within the next 100 years.
Answering audience questions at this year’s BBC Reith Lectures, he said that our rush to understand and improve life through science and technology could be humanity’s undoing.
It’s not the first time the professor has mongered doom; he has previously warned that AI robots will wipe us out unless we ban them first and that hostile aliens are about to destroy us.
This latest warning comes with the footnote that further research into science and technology will provide “new ways things can go wrong”.
“It’s important to ensure that these changes are heading in the right directions,” he added.
“In a democratic society, this means that everyone needs to hve a basic understanding of science to make informed decisions about the future.