Stephen Hawking says humans must flee Earth within century

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Stephen Hawking in London on March 6, 2017.

Stephen Hawking in London on March 6, 2017.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Stephen Hawking is giving humanity a tall order: Colonize Mars in the next century or watch as life on Earth fizzles out. After last year claiming that humans have 1,000 years left on Earth, Hawking says in a new documentary that we instead have about 100 years until we’ll need to jump ship as Earth is overwhelmed by overpopulation, climate change, disease, and artificial intelligence.

It might be a bit premature to start packing, but the BBC’s Expedition New Earth will explore technological and scientific advances that will enable life in space or a colony on another planet, reports the Telegraph.

It will show “Hawking’s ambition isn’t as fantastical as it sounds—that science fact is closer to science fiction than we ever thought,” the BBC says, per Newsweek.

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3 thoughts on “Stephen Hawking says humans must flee Earth within century

  1. If humans could find the technology to leave earth, they would have to choose the best of humanity,no matter how politically incorrect that sounds. They should select only the best minds, thinkers scientists researchers doctors teachers farmers and so on. They should leave behind hunters, corporation bosses, millionaires, families with more than two children and so on. Only then there could be hope that the next human population would do things right.

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