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Humanity needs to live in space or die out

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Humans should go and live in space within the next 1,000 years, or it will die out, Stephen Hawking has warned.

“We must continue to go into space for the future of humanity,” Mr Hawking said. “I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet.”

Hawking issued the warning during one of two talks at the Sydney Opera House. He addressed the sold-out crowds at the venue by using holographic technology, which he used to talk from his Cambridge office.

At the end of the lecture, Hawking encouraged his audience to “look at up at the stars and not down at your feet”.

“Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes a universe exist,” he said. “Be curious, and however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.” Stephen Hawking has repeatedly warned of the danger that humanity finds itself in, as a result of the rise of artificial intelligence and the dangers of human aggression and barbarity.

In February, he said that humans should colonise other planets as “life insurance” for the species, and could be the only way of ensuring that humanity lives on.


32 Comments on "Humanity needs to live in space or die out"

  1. Plantagenet on Mon, 27th Apr 2015 10:04 pm 

    Its good to know that after humans have destroyed this planet we can travel across space to another planet and start destroying that one.

  2. Perk Earl on Mon, 27th Apr 2015 10:09 pm 

    Get your fresh new planets

    Planets, planets

    New planets here

  3. GregT on Mon, 27th Apr 2015 10:13 pm 

    It’s very sad to see that Stephen has lost all grip on reality.

  4. Perk Earl on Mon, 27th Apr 2015 10:49 pm 

    Why do they insist on rolling that guy out on to stage from time to time? He’s lost it. It’s really a disservice to his career, not unlike Mays late in his career falling down in centerfield chasing a fly ball, or Ali getting battered by Holmes. Give it a rest and retire Hawking.

  5. Perk Earl on Mon, 27th Apr 2015 11:05 pm 

    One last note: Even if there was a habitable planet somewhere, we could not live there because we did not evolve there, therefore it’s microbes would be alien to our immune system and we would get sick and die. (Does Hawking remember War of the Worlds?)

    The only way to live on another planet is to terra-form a planet completely devoid of life, so all the life-forms are from Earth. But it takes a couple of hundred thousand years just to propagate an atmosphere. For example, we could do that to Mars, but it might still not work because it doesn’t have a spinning core to generate a magnetosphere to protect life from solar radiation.

    But don’t get your hopes up, because so far the only person that thought we could send people to Mars was GWB, who randomly one day announced to the great surprise of NASA, that was his goal. Trouble for George was the technology didn’t exist yet and still doesn’t.

    If some regular person like me knows this stuff, why doesn’t Hawking’s handlers read his stuff before they roll him out on stage, and tell him he’s way off base? Answer: Maybe their skimming profits.

  6. ffkling on Mon, 27th Apr 2015 11:51 pm 

    So Hawking has given-up on the Earth. So he’s saying that once we have exterminated all life here and made the planet uninhabitable it will be time to repeat somewhere else. I have lost a great deal of faith in the guy.

  7. kiwichick on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 1:11 am 

    get real guys

    any thinking person knows without question that this planet has a limited shelve life

    therefore if we assume that the continuation of our species is a positive outcome we will have to leave home, sooner or later.,

  8. Apneaman on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 1:21 am 

    Experts Warn of “Cataclysmic” Changes as Planetary Temperatures Rise

    “This month’s anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) dispatch begins with the fact that recently released National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data show that this March was, by far, the hottest planetary March ever recorded, and the hottest January to March period on record as well.

    We are watching unprecedented melting of glaciers across the planet, increasingly high temperature records and epic-level droughts that are now becoming the new normal: Planetary distress signals are increasing in volume.”

  9. Apneaman on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 1:30 am 

    Watch The Birth Of A 17-Mile Iceberg

  10. Apneaman on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 1:52 am 

    Fire season get’s earlier every year and the fires become more intense.

    Wildfire-hit area in Russia’s Siberia continues to grow

  11. Apneaman on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 1:56 am 

    ‘Explosive’ Wildfires Are Already Out Of Control Months Before Fire Season

    “Since 2000 we’ve been seeing larger and more damaging fires,”

  12. Apneaman on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 1:59 am 

    British Columbia’s fire season is already beginning

  13. Apneaman on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 2:00 am 

    Early start to Saskatchewan’s forest fire season

  14. antiwarforever on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 5:57 am 

    with all due respect , this guy is delirious, he reminds me of the Raelian sect.

  15. Davy on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 6:14 am 

    Ape Man, it has been cold and wet here in Missouri. That is most likely from the Arctic warming and the disruption and amplifications of the previous patterns that kept cold air north. Now patterns are setting up from the meandering of Arctic systems that have slowed and now dip much further south. The results of hotter are deceptive especially for climate denying North Americans. This Arctic influence also switches to hotter than hell and dry in summer.

  16. Dredd on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 8:07 am 

    Why take the suicidal circus into space?

    Die out here and avoid spreading the mess?

    Get religion? (Message of Science & Religion – Western – 3) Get Science?

    Get anything?

  17. Don on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 9:51 am 

    And what pray tell is going to power our little space adventure? It’s not like there’s a BP every few miles in space.

    Sagan, Hawking, and NDT are all decent physicists. Not great, but, decent. where all 3 excel is in explaining complicated subject matter to people not educated on the subject. just like Gail T. breaks down limits of growth and why PO is such a huge problem in a way that the common person can understand it. I’m not knocking them, reading “A Brief History of Time” in my 10×7 is what made me want to be a scientist in the first place.

    He hasn’t gone off his rocker or in this case wheelchair. He is just a regular guy who is speaking his mind on something that is outside of his element.

    I wouldn’t trust a single one of the other scientists I have worked with, even the most intelligent ones, to turn a wrench on my car. In the same way, a good understanding of quantum mechanics does not translate into a good understanding of the complexity of our energy and resource problem, or give clairvoyance as to it’s solution.

  18. Dredd on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 11:57 am 

    Fifth grade science would tell anyone that Dr. Hawking is spot on.

    All the inner planets in all solar systems like our own are doomed if they do not accomplish space travel:

    Earth’s fate is precarious. As a red giant, the Sun will have a maximum radius beyond the Earth’s current orbit, 1 AU (1.5×1011 m), 250 times the present radius of the Sun. However, by the time it is an asymptotic giant branch star, the Sun will have lost roughly 30% of its present mass due to a stellar wind, so the orbits of the planets will move outward. If it were only for this, Earth would probably be spared, but new research suggests that Earth will be swallowed by the Sun owing to tidal interactions. Even if Earth would escape incineration in the Sun, still all its water will be boiled away and most of its atmosphere would escape into space.

    (Tenet One Basics).

    Take the monkey wrench out of your arse and don some fifth grade science.

    BTW: don’t worry about the Sun, because by that time BP et. al. of Oil-Qaeda will have murder-suicided all of us (Oil-Qaeda – The Indictment).

  19. Perk Earl on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 1:16 pm 

    “Take the monkey wrench out of your arse and don some fifth grade science.”

    Maybe you should attempt to take the monkey wrench out of your arse, although it’s probably permanently stuck! Where in 5th grade science does it say we can inhabit another living planet, we haven’t evolved an immune system to combat it’s various bacteria and viruses?

    That simple idea that has flown right over your head aside, what planet exactly is it we are going to? How many light years is it away? How long will it take to get there and how many people are going? What magical tech. is going to allow people to get that bored on a flight that will require multiple generations? How will the few that go there have enough genetic diversity to avoid inbreeding?

    You’re making a wild claim with no information to back it up other than a ‘need to’ basis because as we all know the Sun will burn out. That’s a billion or more years from now and where the heck will humans be? We’re such an aggressive, greedy species it’s amazing we haven’t already carpet bombed the planet with thermo-nukes, wiping ourselves out (which we may still do during a post peak oil collapse), but somehow this enraged, self involved species, humans, are going to find some other planet to live on? You know what, if that is even remotely possible, I already feel sorry for that planet. We would handle it like the corp. in the movie Avatar, killing for profit. Good luck with that one, but in the meantime please do not teach 5th grade science.

  20. paulo1 on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 1:57 pm 

    Make a movie about someone and damned if they don’t act like a stupid actor saving the world. Bob Geldof, Bono, and all you Hollywood harlo…I mean starlets, did you hear? We’re going to space!!

    No one can believe this shit, anymore. I sure don’t.

  21. Don on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 2:31 pm 

    Yes Hawking is correct. he would also be correct if he had said we need to develop time travel and keep traveling back in time to circumvent extinction or find a rainbow, get over it, and move the world’s population to Oz, just because it is true doesn’t mean it is possible. Either of those is just as likely as interstellar travel.

    5th grade science doesn’t really stack up so well against the Fermi paradox. Unless you are a bible thumping nutter, that believes we are the unique snowflake in the universe, the likelihood that humans have crossed or will be crossing the great filter makes my chances of winning the lottery on Saturday look good. Don’t put your faith in interstellar travel or time travel they make for great books and movies, but, that dog won’t hunt.

  22. Davy on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 2:42 pm 

    I wonder why Hawkins doesn’t get a body transplant? The way he talks about progress and technology he appears to believe in fantastic accomplishments ahead. I imagine he is funding research into it.

  23. Apneaman on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 4:36 pm 

    Davy, Hawkins got it covered, he is in tight with Kurzweil and has already purchased a luxury suite in the singularity. They are just trying to work out the ramifications of virtual drooling.

  24. Apneaman on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 4:39 pm 

    The Technofix Is In: A critique of “An Ecomodernist Manifesto”

  25. Apneaman on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 4:52 pm 

    Decline in U.S. science spending threatens economy, security: MIT

  26. Apneaman on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 6:03 pm 

    More Fatal Earthquakes to Come, Warn Climate Change Scientists

    “Evidence from the end of the last Ice Age has already shown that the planet’s uneasy web of seismic faults – cracks in the crust like the one that runs along the Himalayas – are very sensitive to the small pressure changes brought by change in the climate. And a sensitive volcano or seismic faultline is a very dangerous one.”

  27. Apneaman on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 6:14 pm 

    The invisible organisms that threaten to make climate change much worse

    “In a worst case scenario, permafrost emissions could lead to a kind of positive feedback loop, in which warming temperatures cause more thawing, which releases more greenhouse gases, which in turn help the climate to continue warming, and then the rising temperatures cause even more thawing.”

    “In fact, the study’s findings are a little concerning: It turns out these microbe communities are surprisingly good at adapting to rising temperatures. And the warmer it gets, the more methane they produce.”

    “a little concerning”? There’s an understatement if there ever was one. This process cannot be stopped. It’s not “a kind of positive feedback loop” it is a definite positive feedback loop that will probably speed up sooner rather than later. Better hurry up with the Space Ark.

  28. Apneaman on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 6:41 pm 

    Forest fire threatens Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear zone

  29. Makati1 on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 7:45 pm 


    “US citizens constitute 5 percent of the world’s population but consume 24 percent of global energy. On average, one person in the US consumes as much energy as two Japanese, six Mexicans, 13 Chinese, 31 Indians, 128 Bangladeshis, 307 Tanzanians and 370 Ethiopians.”

    And the beat goes on…

  30. dolph9 on Tue, 28th Apr 2015 10:14 pm 

    I nominate Steven Hawking to be sent up into space to be an explorer and pioneer, where he can try to survive.

    If he can’t do it, he is free to “die out”

  31. Davy on Wed, 29th Apr 2015 7:01 am 

    Makster, is it fair that on a finite planet your region constitutes 60% of world population in a space the size of Russia? The US is unfairly overconsuming but your region is unfairly populated. Not only is this Asian region overpopulated its consumption is growing rapidly. IOW, Makster, your region is proceeding along in the process of destroying the world. At least the US and west are stagnating and in decline. This is not for altruistic reasons but just the way it is. No praise for the decadent west and their declining consumption. AGW growth is being driven currently from Asia. PO is being driven by Asia. Global fishery and forest collapse is being driven by Asia. Asia is importing an inordinate share of food per the rest of the world. As an Asian Makster you should not throw rocks in a glass house IOW you are being an agendist with a hypocritical message as usual.

  32. Fulton J. Waterloo on Wed, 29th Apr 2015 10:30 am 

    I heard where they are going to try to do a “head transplant” soon. So, Hawking can have some “hoi-polloi” executed, and transfer his head to their body. Then he can bore us for another 50 or 60 years…

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