Scientists are always trying to predict the future and how long the Earth will be able to continue running and it looks like we haven’t got that much time left – at least according to Stephen Hawking.
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Hawking once said that he thought the world would end in 1000 years, but he’s recently been forced to revise that idea to 100, shaving off a whole 900 years like it’s nothing. Here’s what he had to say:
I have to change my prediction on how long the Earth can survive due to a myriad of factors, including overpopulation, resistance to antibiotics, acidification of oceans, the risk of global virus pandemics, climate change, accelerated automation, artificial intelligence and growing economic inequality.
We now have the technology to destroy the planet on which we live, but have not yet developed the ability to escape it.
That’s quite a dramatic change isn’t it? Fortunately most of us reading this will be dead in 100 years so we don’t need to worry too much about that, although there is always the chance that Hawking might revise his prediction yet again. And when he does that then we really are all fucked.
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