There are some of Stephen Hawking’s predictions that none of us want to be around to see – from the apocalypse to aliens.
Several conspiracy theories have been placed in the very center of many of Stephen Hawking’s statements. Many of them were just noticed at the time before his death in 2018, but they have certainly got us talking! Hawking’s predictions took a number of forms.
Like, how there wasn’t such infinite darkness in black holes and that light could, in fact, escape in the event horizon – proving to upend psychics completely. He also said the world would be taken over by aliens – before it was destroyed altogether. Unless, of course, if AI was developed enough to save it!
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Stephen Hawking’s predictions and their impact on humankind
Hawking was a world-renowned scientist who dedicated his life to ground-breaking physics and theories. Hawking explains what happened in the Big Bang in a theory proposed just over a week before his death. This final work was submitted to the Journal of High-Energy Physics. This would shape the possibility of multiple universes existing right beside our own universe.
Already freaked out? Well, here are 3 more creepy predictions from Stephen Hawking that may have you running for the hills.
1. The reality of aliens
One of many Hawking’s predictions that are pretty weird. But, the danger of aliens approaching and interacting with humans was one of Hawking’s common concerns. He was fascinated by extraterrestrial life.
Stephen Hawking’s 2010 documentary, Into the Universe, explains his beliefs. Hawking believed that if aliens are advanced enough to reach us, they may possibly be hostile.
Hawking’s peers do not share all his views, however. They argue that interstellar space travel alone is really difficult to do. Also, his peers believe that any beacons sent out for as long as radio transmissions leaked from our planet would have been heard and answered by now. So, obviously, wouldn’t they have found us by now?
So, perhaps we can hold fire on this prediction, even though Hawking himself strongly contests it!
2. AI: Yay or nay?
As AI permeates more of our daily lives, it is clear to see how it can make an impact. However, whilst many of us are busy embracing technology, another one of many Stephen Hawking’s predictions is based upon the overall fear of a robot takeover. His particular concern was the very distinct possibility of the potential power of modern advancing technology.
Hawking made a striking comment about artificial intelligence, saying it might just take over. He thinks technology is underestimated greatly. Although Hawking does think AI is a threat to humanity, he doesn’t have a timeline in mind for this disaster.
However, Hawking thinks it would be simple for the technology to operate alone and even reinvent itself when needed, making it faster and more intelligent.
It seems that Hawking was torn between the benefits and drawbacks of AI technology. Here are a few of his quotes that show his true feelings and beliefs about such advancements.
“It wouldn’t take long before humans, with their slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded,” he said.
“The potential benefits of creating intelligence are huge,”
“Every aspect of our lives will be transformed.”
-Hawking, The Guardian
Then on Reddit, Hawking warned us about who would benefit the most during this advancement:
“If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed,” he said. “So far, the trend seems to be toward … technology driving ever-increasing inequality.”
3. Is it the end of the world?
The next prediction from Hawking is about the asteroid strike. If other things don’t manage to kill us all, then maybe this will.
His main driving reason is that there are just too many of us on the earth and something has to balance the situation. Hawking was more than aware of how badly we are draining all our physical resources.
It’s alarming. And there are other issues as well including animal extinctions, melting ice caps, temperature rising, and deforestation. All these things could increase the earth’s temperature to 460°C (860°F) This is about the warmth of the planet Venus. This is if we don’t put a stop to gas emissions.
Therefore, Hawking’s theory is that there’s a severe risk of self-destruction due to the destruction of our environment and climate change. He thinks it is this which will be our downfall and could cause the end of the world.
Other pearls of wisdom by Stephen Hawking
If that isn’t enough for you, here are a few further snippets of Stephen Hawking’s wisdom to provide some food for thought…
- We want to know the meaning of the universe.
‘If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason – for then we would know the mind of God’
– A Brief History Of Time, published in 1988.
- Maybe some of us want to understand why the world is not perfect
‘Without imperfection, you or I would not exist’
– In Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking, The Discovery Channel, 2010.
- The magic question is: Are we alone in the universe?
‘I think it would be a disaster. The extraterrestrials would probably be far in advance of us. The history of advanced races meeting more primitive people on this planet is not very happy, and they were the same species. I think we should keep our heads low’
– In Naked Science: Alien Contact, The National Geographic Channel, 2004.
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We are small animals in the woods shouting ‘here we are’. There may be ‘good’ alien creatures in the woods, but most likely there will also be a lot of ‘bad’ alien creatures around. So the wise thing to do is to keep a very low profile.
I would have said that last year, but the condition of the world right now makes me want to yell as loud as I can for rescue. And yes, we are tiny creatures, and we forget this all the time while acting like giants and powerful beings.
The first one is MASSIVE NONSENSE as aliens have already been her at LEAST tens of thousand of years. Second for robots it is too hard to call on that one. Asteroid hitting earth we may be able to send rockets to break it up. Climate change could have a big impact if we have global warming or another ice age or if the poles switch places
He forgot about the wonderful fun-filled year of 2020.
Obviously, Hawking had no belief in God….so he had to come up with some far fetched ideas to explain how things happen. The idea of a Supreme Being must have been to much for him to Fathom. Personally….to see how everything is so uniquely designed…could only Give Evidence of a Supreme Being.
Mankind has caused their own breakdowns…and at this point in time – even the Scriptures predicted The Way the world is NOW, was going to happen. And the Meanings go even further than the End – it would be an END of a SYSTEM of Things. Isn’t it strange that this is exactly has it was mentioned in Matthew 24:14 (read the whole chapter). Then there are various other scriptures to back this up – Luke 21, 2 Tim 3, for example. I could point out more –
The Bible’s main theme…which most people don’t recognize – is that it’s a Book explaining the Supremacy of a Creator, How he interacts with Mankind since the beginning…and His Promised Kingdom which would be re-established over the earth. All this ending with Revelation 21:4,5 –
Those that understand this – also have the opportunity to gain a Life Everlasting ON EARTH (not heaven)…in a Paradise. This was the intention all along! Jesus made this quite clear, while on earth….and offered His LIFE as a Ransom Sacrifice for the Perfect Life that was lost by Adam. This Ransom sacrifice was extended to ALL MANKIND, only in the event they could prove themselves as being loyal to God. And granted – Not all people would show their loyalty toward a Creator, Jehovah God.
Tho’ God knows each person’s heart condition – HE also has a question to answer that was originated with the ONE who challenged God’s Right to Rule. Will mankind Serve God faithfully?
This was challenged by Satan… who deceived Eve, and claimed that ALL of MANKIND only believe in God for Selfish Reasons alone. This CHALLENGE was also offered again in the Book of JOB.
So… Which would you believe. Some alien – or a Supreme Being who created ALL that Exists? Look around you, and again… Do you think THIS ALL just appeared by accident???
No, I don’t really believe this appeared by accident, but that’s my personal belief. I do, however, think there’s a good chance we’re going to soon destroy all we’re built. People, while advancing scientifically have become chaotic and cruel.
Thank you for reading.
Notice that Hawking did not need to warn us about complex threats to the future of earth. Instead he just re-stated things every human on earth with a logical brain knows. 2 humans beings mate and have 3 children, those three have 9, then 27, 81, 243, 729, 2187, 6561, 19683, 59049, 144047, 531231, 1594393, 4782435, 14437425, 42327305, 130 million, 389 million, 1 billion, 3.5 billion, 10.5 billion, 31.5 billion, 94 billion. Notice how short the time is between a sustainable 1.5 million people on earth is and ridiculously unsustainable 10, 30, and 94 billion destroyers of our world. Democracy will be on the side of self-destruction. We are out of time dim-wits.
I may not have the mind of a mathematician – but common sense would tell some folks, including me…that you can only use UP so much in any given time. Fortunately with the internet, we can get information a lot easier than it was 40 years ago.
I figure that what we knew in the 60’s…Pales in comparison to the information out there now.
The facts of lower species – animals – are disappearing at alarming rates…should be a clue as to who would be Next? And WE are the ones who are destroying that which lives around us who are dependent upon the natural resources…
OF all the past movies that showed the future in an apocalyptic sense… you can’t help but feel that it’s common sense that Our Planet could only sustain us for so long…given the bad habits we live? Right? Without going into a lot of details on the matter… LOL
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So much saddens me about our world today. Sometimes I hide away in my home and pretend it’s not falling apart. All we have is hope and faith that the time we have left on this planet will be better.