Travel space to survive, Hawking cautions humanity

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Professor Stephen Hawkings has been vociferous in views about the inevitable end of human race on Earth, either by natural causes or by man made errors.

With Elon Musk having presented his detailed plans to colonize Mars and on interplanetary travel earlir this week, professor Hawking now seems to have indirectly seconded the idea by stating that space travel is the only way to sustain human race.

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In the foreword for How To Make A Spaceship by Julian Guthrie, published in The Guardianhe says that commercial space flights have potential for exploration and the preservation of humanity.

“I think the human race has no future if it doesn’t go to space. We need to inspire the next generation to become engaged in space and in science in general, to ask questions: What will we find when we go to space? Is there alien life, or are we alone? What will a sunset on Mars look like?”

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The physicist recently agreed to go on-board  business magnate Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo vehicle or VSS Unity,

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Hawking observes that humanity is at possible risk of destroying itself through nuclear wars and mismanagement of bio-technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

“I believe that life on Earth is at an ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster,” Hawking writes in the foreword.

The British physicist has also previously predicted that humanity may not survive another 1000 to 2000 years. He had advised to start looking for planets capable of housing human as well other required life forms.

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