Stephen Hawking: Humans Only Have About 1000 Years Left on Earth

Stephen Hawking: Humans Only Have About 1000 Years Left on Earth

Stephen Hawking thinks our days are numbered — unless we find a new planet to live on.

During a talk at the Oxford Union debating society this week, the renowned theoretical physicist said humanity probably had only about 1,000 years left before going extinct.

Hawking, 74, has spoken several times of what he sees as our doomed fate, with the risk of things like nuclear war increasing as well as the threat of global climate change. He has also warned that the development of artificial intelligence could end mankind.

Our only hope of escaping these dangers, Hawking says, is by finding another habitable planet.

"We must also continue to go into space for the future of humanity," he said. "I don't think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet."

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