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Stephen Hawking Raises The Red Flag On Technology Developments

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Stephen Hawking is a name that is popular to most, particularly because he is one of the most widely known intellectuals in the world. His expertise revolves largely on the laws of the universe and cosmology in general. He studied the science at Cambridge. But while his ideas have been highly regarded in the field of cosmology, he has also spoken up against the speed at which technology is used and developed. Particularly, he has raised the red flag.

Technology Is Decreasing Our Survival Possibilities

In an interview with The Times UK (via USA Today), Hawking again raised his concerns about how humans will need to be more mindful of their actions if they want to survive. He told the publication that the human race is battling several threats, including climate change and mass extinction. And the reason behind this is evidently technological advances.

“Since civilization began, aggression has been useful inasmuch as it has definite survival advantages. It is hard-wired into our genes by Darwinian evolution,” he said. “Now, however, technology has advanced at such a pace that this aggression may destroy us all by nuclear or biological war. We need to control this inherited instinct by our logic and reason.”

Simply put, the human race is in danger of extinction because of how quickly technology is developing. There is such a need to further advances that it has already reached a dangerous state.

The Only Way Out Is To Put Efforts And ThoughtsTogether

According to Hawking, the only way to stop these risks and continue on a sustainable path is to work together. “We need to be quicker to identify such threats and act out before they are out of control,” he said. “This might mean some form of world government.”

Ideally, this world government would be responsible for overseeing efforts made on a global scale. But while the idea itself is idyllic, even Hawking admitted that there are risks involved as well.

The Risks Of A Global Government & Stephen Hawking’s Hope

Hawking admitted that there is the risk of a tyranny controlling the world and the human race. This has been seen at various stages of human history in several countries. But if one body were to be entirely responsible for everyone, then the risk is multiplied respectively.

Hawking, however, is optimistic. He believes that we as a people will someday succeed against these issues that we ourselves have inflicted. “I think the human race will rise to meet these challenges,” he said.


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