Stephen Hawking: We might have 1,000 years left on Earth
Stephen Hawking, the famous theoretical physicist, predicts humanity has just about 1,00 years left on Earth.
During a lecture at Oxford University, Hawking said humankind is inching closer to demise, and it’s our fault.
Hawking cited dangers from climate change, to nuclear weapons, to genetically engineered viruses could pose existential threats to our species.
Hawking states that the goal of searching for and colonizing Earth-like exoplanets has never been more important.
“We must also continue to go into space for the future of humanity,” he said. “I don’t think we will survive another 1000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet.”
“Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next 1,000 to 10,000 years,” Hawking said. “By that time, we should have spread out into space, and to other stars, so a disaster on Earth would not mean the end of the human race.”
Hawking did end his talk on a positive note, saying: “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”