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Human Survival: How To Avoid Stephen Hawking's Human Extinction Prediction; Experts Advise

First Posted: Nov 19, 2016 04:40 AM EST

Stephen Hawking has previously warned the humans to move to other planets as humanity has only 1,000 years left to survive on Earth. However, scientists today say that if humans choose wisely, the human extinction is far from happening.

At the Oxford University Union, Stephen Hawking said that artificial intelligence, climate change and other existential threats mean that human species needs to look for an alternative planet to live on. "By that time, people should have spread out into space and to other stars, so a disaster on Earth would not mean the end of the human race," Hawking added, according to News Week.

Stephen Hawkings cited that from climate change to genetically engineered viruses to nuclear weapons, these could indeed pose existential threats to mankind. However, predicting millennium into the future Is somehow a murky business.

Director of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative John Sterman said, "While I respect Stephen Hawking enormously, speculating on how long Homo sapiens will survive before extinction is foolish. Whether we survive and thrive or descend into chaos is not to predict something or lay odds on, but a choice to be made."

In a statement reported by Live Science, John Sterman added that mankind is surviving now only by decreasing the Earth's natural resources and poisoning the environment. It has been estimated by the non-profit Global Footprint Network that humans use 1.5 each year of the Earth's natural resources. Humans are overdrawing the planet's natural bank account. The problem that the Earth's sustainability cannot longer wait for 1,000 years.

As follows, a research scientist from the University of California, Merced and founder of the Climate Feedback Emmanuel Vincent said that people should be aware and make the sustainable decision now.

He shared that, "What Stephen Hawking is doing here is speculating on the risk that this will happen, and he estimates that the probability of extinction is high. While I agree that this is possible, I would like to emphasize that this primarily depends on how we manage to prevent such catastrophic outcome as a society." 

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