Physicist Stephen Hawking, has warned humanity that we probably only have about 1,000 years left on Earth, and the only thing that could save us from certain extinction is setting up colonies elsewhere in the Solar System.
“I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet,” Hawking said Tuesday during a talk at Britain’s Oxford University Union.
He further added that, we must explore opportunities to go into space for the future of humanity.
Given that humans tend to repeat the same mistakes over and over again – even though we’re obsessed with our own history and should know better, Hawking suspects that “powerful autonomous weapons” could have serious consequences for humanity.
According to a report, Hawking has estimated that self-sustaining human colonies on Mars are not going to be a viable option for another 100 years or so, which means we need to be “very careful” in the coming decades.