There have been many alarming pronouncements made by Stephen Hawking recently. Last year, he stated that our pace of evolution is too slow and may eventually be beaten by artificial intelligence.

Spain’s El Pais, a well-known physicist, told in an interview that Hawking believes that aliens may put an end to us. According to Hawking, this might be worse than America’s discovery by Columbus.

“Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach. To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational. The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like.” Hawking told El Pais.

Some say math may make one obsessed. Well, the sighting of water traces on Mars (though non-mathematical) is perhaps one indication that there may be life out there.

Hawking states that we have abused our planet a lot and now we have to leave it to survive.

This calamity could be in any form, nuclear war or environmental even social or even alien invasion.

Hawking says that prayer would do no good and reiterated that he doesn’t believe in God. “I use the word ‘God’ in an impersonal sense, like Einstein did, for the laws of nature,” he said.

“The laws of science are sufficient to explain the origin of the universe. It is not necessary to invoke God,” Hawking added.

 

In Stephen Hawking’s dreary and threatening view of the world, we saw some light in it. A question was asked about what he would still like to do in his life and he said, “Go into space with Virgin Galactic”.

In the past, a computer scientist from the University of California at Berkley warned that AI equipped weapons and robots are just ten years away and the “stakes are high: Laws have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms.”

Famous physicist Professor Stephen Hawking also seconds the findings of Prof. Russell and warns that AI “could spell the end of the human race.”

Source + Full InterviewEl Pais
 

Carolina

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