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We must leave this planet before we get hit by rocks or become part of a Ben Affleck movie

In a rare interview, Stephen Hawking said to the BBC that humans must move to another solar system in order to ensure the survival of the species. “Once we spread out into space and establish colonies, our future should be safe,” he said. Hawking made a similar suggestion back in June.

 

He believes that life on Earth could be wiped out by a nuclear disaster or a massive asteroid hitting the planet causing Armageddon with its Deep Impact. He said that, since we have no similar planets on our solar system, we would “have to go to another star” to find a suitable habitat.

 

Before humans could even dream of such a move, we would need to develop a viable means of transportation. Hawking proposed “matter/anti-matter annihilation” propulsion. He explained: “When matter and anti-matter meet up, they disappear in a burst of radiation. If this was beamed out of the back of a spaceship, it could drive it forward … It would take a lot of energy to accelerate to near the speed of light.”

 

Even at near-light speeds, it would take six years to reach a new star. While Hawking, 64, may not see our escape from Earth in his lifetime, he still wishes to see the planet from space.  “My next goal is to go into space; maybe Richard Branson will help me.”

 

Hawking was recently awarded the Royal Society’s Copley medal, their highest honor, for his work in theoretical physics and cosmology leading to classifications and further knowledge of black holes.

 

Lord Rees, president of the Royal Society, stated “Stephen Hawking has contributed as much as anyone since Einstein to our understanding of gravity. This medal is a fitting recognition of an astonishing research career spanning more than 40 years.”

 

In a statement issued by Hawking after learning of the award he said “This is a very distinguished medal, it was awarded to Darwin, Einstein and (Francis) Crick. I am honored to be in their company.”



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Too bad
By bamacre on 12/1/2006 2:56:39 PM , Rating: 2
The human race has spent too many resources on war.




RE: Too bad
By angryhippy on 12/1/2006 3:07:52 PM , Rating: 2
The human race has spent too many resources on war.

What humanity needs is a predator, something we have to unite against. Humans work great together when there's something to kill. Maybe we can genetically engineer a velocaraptor with human intelligence, that sees in the dark, and breeds faster than rabbits! We need something scary enough for us all to set aside our differences. I mean come on, many religions feel compelled to make up scary villians like Satan. We must have a psychological need to fear some kind of monster!


RE: Too bad
By B166ER on 12/1/2006 3:52:47 PM , Rating: 1
Aliens, We need aliens. The "terrorist threat", I had assumed, was going to be the Saviour of us all until I realized it was one big joke and those involved are using scapegoats to cover up their real plans.
Has anyone mentioned Kurzweil yet or is this another one of those hater groups that take advantage of all that he says but gives him no credit for his insight? I had mentioned him on another technology channel, a music software forum and got shot down by oh too many people, though we sit in the land of DAWs and 24/96 home studios, DVD burners and soft synthesizers beyond imagination, technology that wouldn't dare exist but 10 years ago in our homes, and the fellas from that forums laughed all the ideas of human advancement in the realm of tech as jokes. I'm not worried. The Singularity will come, whether we like it or not, and Ill be quietly looking for the signs and taking advantage of every inch of tech advancement.


RE: Too bad
By hubajube on 12/1/2006 4:39:09 PM , Rating: 2
...only part of the human race would leave because the other part is too dumb to believe in self preservation.


RE: Too bad
By AxemanFU on 12/1/2006 6:08:58 PM , Rating: 2
Don't we predate ourselves quite nicely? Nothing like a little competition for keeps. I think Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot, among others, did a spectacularly and horrifyingly effective job of predating their fellow man.

Actually, probably our most effetive predator througout history is simple old Malaria. Some estimates think it may have killed as many as 1/4 of humans that have ever lived.


RE: Too bad
By VooDooAddict on 12/2/2006 1:07:10 PM , Rating: 1
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