Stephen Hawking Puts ‘Expiry Date’ on Humanity

BAD NEWS: Renowned cosmologist and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has placed an ‘expiry date’ on humanity! GOOD NEWS: But don’t pack your bags just yet because it’s not happening until at least a thousand years.

Still, that is still bad news to humanity because we’ve always thought that though we’re definitely not going to be there when it happens, the Earth still has a few billion years to live peacefully before the sun engulfs us as it turns into a red giant.

Of course, there could be a thousand of other different events that could happen to kill life on Earth before the sun enters its red giant phase having Stephen Hawking say that we only have about 1,000 years to live on Earth before needing to move to another planet is somewhat scary because as a physicist, he banks on facts and not just random prophecies of the future.

By NASA/Paul Alers [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By NASA/Paul Alers [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

There is always this possibility that his theory is wrong, of course, but it still is a scary thought nonetheless.

We face a number of threats to our survival from nuclear war, catastrophic global warming, and genetically engineered viruses. The number is likely to increase in the future, with the development of new technologies, and new ways things can go wrong. Although the chance of a disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time,” Hawking said.

What’s his solution?

He said, “[We] have spread out into space, and to other stars, so a disaster on Earth would not mean the end of the human race. However, we will not establish self-sustaining colonies in space for at least the next hundred years, so we have to be very careful in this period.

We must also continue to go into space for the future of humanity. I don’t think we will survive another 1000 without escaping beyond our fragile planet,” the physicist also said.

Who is Stephen Hawking?

He’s one of the most famous theoretical physicists alive, not just because of his incredible theories but also he’s been stuck to a wheelchair for over half a century now. He was diagnosed with a rare early-onset slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) when he was 21 years old.

Now 74, Hawking communicates using a speech-generating device attached to a single cheek muscle that still works.