Stephen Hawking Talks About The Dangers Of Advancement In Science
It’s long been said that Man is his own worst enemy and with the advancements in Science and Technology does this mean are we now an even greater threat to ourselves? Although the eminent Stephen Hawking is warning that the threat is becoming greater in this century we still have our future in our own hands. The threat of a disaster on Earth will rise to a virtual certainty within the next 10,000 years and although that seems a long way off, it could happen at any time. A warning to be heeded from Hawking?
Read on to find out what his thoughts are and check out the video – enthralling:
“We will not establish self-sustaining colonies in space for at least the next hundred years, so we have to be very careful in this period,” Hawking said. His comments echo those of Lord Rees, the astronomer royal, who raised his own concerns about the risks of self-annihilation in his 2003 book Our Final Century.
“We are not going to stop making progress, or reverse it, so we must recognise the dangers and control them,” he added.
The Cambridge scientist, who turned 74 earlier this month, said his expectations were reduced to zero when he learned he had a rare and slowly progressing form of motor neurone disease at the age of 21. But reflecting on more than 50 years since the diagnosis, he said he had been very fortunate in almost every other way. In Hawking’s area of theoretical physics, his disability was not a major handicap.
Asked what kept his spirits up, he named his work and sense of humour. “It’s also important not to become angry, no matter how difficult life is, because you can lose all hope if you can’t laugh at yourself and at life in general.”