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Here’s How Long We Have Left On Earth, According To Stephen Hawking

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We’ve seen everything that’s wrong with the world in the past decade that could finally spell the end of the human race, but if Stephen Hawking’s latest predictions are true we may still have another 1,000 years on Earth before we have to leg it. Winning.

The British physicist recently spoke at Britain’s Oxford University Union on the topic of where humans will be forced to live in the future as the imminent demise of planet Earth grows closer.

“Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low,” he said.

“It adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next 1,000 or 10,000 years.”

“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.”

What exactly would force humans to leave planet Earth in the first place wasn’t dwelled upon by Hawking but it shouldn’t be too hard to predict given the current rate of climate change along with the impending risk of World War III. Lest we forget, our friendly neighbourhood artificial intelligence is also in on the act.

Once conceived to aid the human race, Hawking cautioned against the rise of the machines which could potentially cause the human race strife later on down the track.

Thankfully some of us can plod along in solace in knowing that the smart cookies at NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX program are already searching for alternate places to inhabit in our solar system.

If that all sounds like too much hard work and despair for your day, there is a silver lining from Hawking in motivating us to see the bigger picture.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

“Our picture of the universe has changed a great deal in the last 50 years, and I am happy if I have made a small contribution,” he added.

[via Good]

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