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Mankind Only Has Almost 1,000 Years Left On Earth, Stephen Hawking Predicts

Physicist Stephen Hawking has told humanity that we perhaps only have about 1,000 years left on Earth, and the single thing that could save us from certain extinction is a development of colonies elsewhere in the Solar System. Hawking said in a speech at the University of Cambridge thisweek, "We must continue to go into outer space for the future of mankind. I don’t believe we will survive another 1,000 years without leaving beyond our fragile sphere."

The fate of mankind seems to have been weighing seriously on Hawking of late, he’s also just warned that artificial intelligence will be "either the best or the most horrible, thing ever to happen to mankind".

Given that human being are likely to do the same mistakes over and over again, even though we are passionate about our own history and should know more. Hawking says that "powerful autonomous weapons” could have severe consequences for humanity.

As Heather Saul from The Independent says, Hawking has estimated that self-sustaining human camps on Mars aren’t going to be a possible option for another 100 years or so, which means we must be "very careful" in the upcoming decades. Without even counting the possibly devastating effects of climate change, over-all diseases brought on by antibiotic resistance, and nuclear experiences of warring nations, we could soon be fighting with the enemies which we are not even close to acknowledging how to deal with. Lately in the previous year, Hawking added his name to an alliance of more than 20,000 scientists and experts, including Steve Wozniak, Elon Musk, and Noam Chomsky, calling for a ban on anyone increasing or developing autonomous weapons that can fire on targets without human interference.

As the organizers of OpenAI, Musk’s new study initiative devoted to the ethics of artificial intelligence, he said last year, our robots are perfectly obedient now, but what happens when we eliminate one too many restrictions?

What happens when you create them so perfectly, they are just like humans, but better, just like we have always desired?

The organizers said, "AI systems today have inspiring but narrow capabilities. It looks that we will keep whittling away at their limitations, and in the extreme circumstances, they will reach human routine on virtually every intelligent task. It's hard to measure how much human-level AI could help society, and it's similarly hard to imagine how much it could hurt society if built or used the wrong way."

And that is not even the half of it.

Fancy we’re dealing with unruly machines that are so much cleverer and so much stronger than us, and unexpectedly, we get the declaration, aliens have picked up on the signals we have been sending out into the Universe and made contact. Awesome news, right? Well, consider it for a minute. In the upcoming decades, Earth and mankind is not going to look so crash-hot. We will be stressed to moderate the effects of climate change, which means we will be running out of the surface to grow crops, our beaches will be vanishing, and anything edible in the sea is possibly being cooked by the quickly rising temperatures. If the aliens are violent, they will see a damaged enemy with a habitable planet that’s ready for the taking. And even if they are friendly, we humans definitely are, so we will probably effort to get a share of what they have got, and oops: alien wars.

As Hawking states in his new online movie, Stephen Hawking’sFavorite Places, "I am more persuaded than ever that we are not alone," but if the aliens are searching for us, "they will be enormously more powerful and possibly will not see us as any more valuable than we see microorganisms".

Obviously, we need a backup plan, which is why Hawking's 1,000-year limit to annihilation comes with a warning, we might be able to survive our errors if we have somewhere else in the Solar System to abandon ourselves to.

That all might sound pretty terrible, but Hawking says we still have a lot to feel hopeful about, telling about 2016 as a "magnificent time to be alive and doing research into hypothetical physics".

Whereas John Oliver might disagree that there's whatsoever good about 2016 at all, Hawking says we need to "Recollect to look up at the stars and not down at your feet."

He told students at the Cambridge lecture, "Try to make logic of what you see, wonder about what makes Cosmos exist. Be curious. However hard life may seem, there is always something you can do and flourish at. It matters that you do not just give away."



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