Stephen Hawking: Humans Will Need to Colonize Other Planets Within the Next 1,000 Years

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 - 12:28PM
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Tuesday, 28 April 2015 - 12:28PM
Stephen Hawking: Humans Will Need to Colonize Other Planets Within the Next 1,000 Years
If enough world-renowned geniuses keep saying that humanity is in trouble, we're going to start to get worried. At a recent talk at the Sydney Opera House (via hologram), Stephen Hawking made a prediction that was much less cheerful than the idea that Zayn Malik is still in One Direction in another universe, and predicted that space colonization would become a necessity for humanity within the next 1,000 years.

"I don't think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet."

According to Hawking, we need to continue to venture into space "for the future of humanity," he said. "I want to encourage public interest in space."




He didn't give a particular rationale for these remarks at the time, but he has spoken on similar topics before and has always remained firm that the colonization of extraterrestrial planets is a necessity for the long-term survival of humanity. "Sooner or later disasters such as an asteroid collision or a nuclear war could wipe us all out," he told BBC radio in 2006. "But once we spread out into space and establish independent colonies, our future should be safe."

"Science fiction has developed the idea of warp drive, which takes you instantly to your destination," he said. "Unfortunately, this would violate the scientific law, which says that nothing can travel faster than light."

Of course, that was nearly a decade ago, and advancements in the field of space travel are being made all the time. NASA has even presented plans for a real-life "warp drive" that would be able to travel faster than the speed of light, although there is no definitive evidence that it will work.

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