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Hawking warns that technology will destroy us


Posted on Thursday, 9 March, 2017 | Comment icon 24 comments

Hawking has often spoken about the threat of technology. Image Credit: NASA
The world-famous physicist has suggested that a 'world government' could stop technology wiping us out.
Hawking, who has long expressed fears over the dangers of artificial intelligence, has now spoken out on how important it is that technology be controlled.

"Since civilisation began, aggression has been useful inasmuch as it has definite survival advantage," he said. "It is hard-wired into our genes by Darwinian evolution."

"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."

One possible solution, he says, would be "some form of world government", however he acknowledges that this could also come with its own problems.

"All this may sound a bit doom-laden but I am an optimist," he said.

"I think the human race will rise to meet these challenges."

Source: Independent | Comments (24)

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Comment icon #15 Posted by Trihalo42 on 9 March, 2017, 21:27
I'm reminded of a passage from the Call of Cthulhu, "The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age."
Comment icon #16 Posted by Darkenpath25 on 9 March, 2017, 21:43
Yes I think thats going to happen . The government loves control and the best way to take total control is throughtechnology .Internet technology alone would pretty much shut us down.
Comment icon #17 Posted by 3rdeyemansa24 on 9 March, 2017, 21:52
Darwinian evolution is and always has been a THEORY. This has not been proven as fact .
Comment icon #18 Posted by taniwha on 9 March, 2017, 22:08
Sure, but I think technological evolution is a recognized fact.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Summerin1905 on 9 March, 2017, 22:43
i think technology has the possibility of destroying us but if we can contain it and be respectful of it then we should be good.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Podo on 9 March, 2017, 23:29
I think a world government would be a great idea, if it could be done effectively. I'm a fan of very large governments, after all. Unfortunately, with the world in its current state, I can't see how it would work without a massive, global change to humanity's selfish mode of operation. Which, of course, isn't going to happen.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Sundew on 10 March, 2017, 1:10
According to Scripture the Book of Revelation says that before the return of Christ, the world will have a "one world government" under a man called by several names: Antichrist, The Beast, the Lawless One, the Man of Sin and so forth and it does not bode well for mankind. If I have my numbers accurately, about 3/4 of all humanity will be killed during his reign. He will make Hitler, Stalin and Mao look like choirboys. Most everyone has heard the term Armageddon, what some do not realize is that it is an actual battle to take place where the armies from all over the earth come to make war, a ... [More]
Comment icon #22 Posted by Einsteinium on 10 March, 2017, 1:25
The theory of gravity is just a 'theory', so is the theory of relativity. You are confusing scientific theory with laymans definition of 'theory'
Comment icon #23 Posted by paperdyer on 10 March, 2017, 13:12
If Dr. Hawking feels this way, why is he helping to develop new technologies? Same as with the "Aliens will destroy us" Shortly after that he's working on how to get probes to planets faster to find alien life! Almost sounds like Dr. Hawking is turning into Harvey Dent with a "Progress" side and a "doom and gloom" side.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Parsec on 10 March, 2017, 18:20
Well, there's "Big Brother" world government and there's "Star Trek" world government, which one is he thinking about? It would be nice if we'd manage to lean towards the second. Possibly without passing through WWIII.


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