David Kirkpatrick

August 10, 2010

Hawking looks to space for mankind’s future

Filed under: et.al., Science — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:16 pm

Via KurzweilAI.net

Stephen Hawking’s Warning: Abandon Earth—Or Face Extinction

August 10, 2010 by Editor

“Our only chance of long term survival is not to remain inward looking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space,” Stephen Hawking said in an interview Friday with Big Think. “We have made remarkable progress in the last hundred years. But if we want to continue beyond the next hundred years, our future is in space.”

It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster on planet Earth in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand, or million. The human race shouldn’t have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet. Let’s hope we can avoid dropping the basket until we have spread the load.

“I see great dangers for the human race. There have been a number of times in the past when its survival has been a question of touch and go. The Cuban missile crisis in 1963 was one of these. The frequency of such occasions is likely to increase in the future. We shall need great care and judgment to negotiate them all successfully. But I’m an optimist. If we can avoid disaster for the next two centuries, our species should be safe, as we spread into space.

“If we are the only intelligent beings in the galaxy, we should make sure we survive and continue. But we are entering an increasingly dangerous period of our history. Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth, are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill.  But our genetic code still carries the selfish and aggressive instincts that were of survival advantage in the past. It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand or million.  That is why I’m in favor of manned, or should I say ‘personed,’ space flight.”

1 Comment »

  1. Apollo astronauts space travel saw a huge UFO that NASA verifed by land radar. Alien space is likely populated with evolved zero gravity UFO life transport beings unable to land visit on earth because of inhospitable conditions to their biology. We need to understand their biologic weaknesses to protect ourselves during space travel and colonize other earth like planets that shield us from contact with them. colonization is impossible in outer space in their natural environment where we are the prey. Likely dark interstellar regions inside the flat galactic disks are hideouts for UFO’s watching us to leave the planet and to protect from intergalactic gamma radiation from supernovas.

    Comment by jim henson — August 10, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

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