Professor Stephen Hawking has been lately expressing his concerns about artificial intelligence, the adverse effects of global warming, the need for a new space age, the discovery of a new solar system, and finally that the survival of humans is linked with leaving this planet in some near future.
As previously stated by Professor Hawkings, humans can not survive on Earth longer than a century from now. But in his recent announcement, he made at the Tencent Web Summit in Beijing on November 5th, he predicted that human species will have to leave this planet within 600 years and find a new planet.
“We are running out of space and the only places to go to are other worlds. It is time to explore other solar systems. Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves. I am convinced that humans need to leave Earth.” said Hawking earlier this year.
Hawking’s prediction might come true since the climate change is causing a rapid rise in sea level making the planet uninhabitable already. The land will be soaking in water if the current progression of climate change is not stopped. This too with the ever-rising human population could lead to disastrous consequences.
For the supposed ‘Doomsday’ Hawking has come up with multiple timelines. Although, not yet sure himself about the exact date, Hawking is certain about the fact the one way or the other, we are going to have to pack up for the planet someday.
Professor Hawking has been working on a lot of projects to answer the big question of the presence of life on any other planet except for Earth. Breakthrough Starshot is one of these initiatives which is going to project nano craft to Alpha Centauri. The success of this project will bring us closer to the outer space and will make traveling in space and to other planets faster and easier. After all, if Hawking is true, we don’t have much time left to find a new home.