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Ugh. You know, some of us are just trying to enjoy the party that is life, and along comes Stephen Hawking to lets us know just how close we are from total extinction. 1,000 years? Come on, dude. We’re trying to party over here.
This is humanity, ok?
The Washington Post reports that during a hour-long speech at the Oxford University Union in England, Stephen Hawking ruined what was probably a really cool party by telling the audience that even if we make it through “the rise of artifial intelligence, the ravages of climate change, and the threat of nuclear terrorism in the next century,” we’ll still be facing mass extinction. Dude, you're harshing my mellow.
“I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet,” said Professor Stephen Hawking, author of A Brief History of Time and eternal party pooper. “We must also continue to go into space for the future of humanity.”
Look, we’re just trying to sit back, have a cold soda pop, and wear these rockin’ shades. Meanwhile, we didn’t expect Professor Hawking to come home so early and tell us all that “Earth’s dominant species will continue to eat through the planet’s resources at an alarming rate, leaving Earth battered and bruised and quickening its inevitable end,” according to The Daily Express. *record scratch* Yeesh. Who brought that guy?
Fine. You know what? We’re tired anyway. We’re going to sleep. We’ll clean up the party in the morning.
Stephen Hawking will come to Reddit's r/science next week for his first ever AMA and he has a specific topic in mind.
It may not be entirely an 'Ask Me Anything' as Prof. Hawking wants to field questions dealing with artificial intelligence and the hurdles that we face as a species as technology moves forward in the field.
According to CNET:
Typically, a Reddit AMA is live as people throw questions at the subject, and the person tries to keep up with the barrage by responding as best as possible. But for Hawking's AMA, you'll present the questions ahead of time, and he'll answer them over the following weeks.
Specifically, you can submit your questions starting Monday July 27 at 8am ET through Tuesday, August 4, at reddit.com/r/science, and Hawking will respond over the next few weeks. Hawking, who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, uses a computer to communicate. So the delayed format will allow him the time necessary to answer questions."
Hawking joined Elon Musk and other notable industry figures earlier this year in an open letter to promote studying the possible dangers of AI research and how to avoid them.
In his first AMA, Hawking surely wants to continue that conversation.
But of course, someone will ask him about his favorite sandwich.
World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking already has a new movie about his life, but maybe in the near future we will also see him in a work of fiction opposite 007.
"My ideal role would be a baddie in a James Bond film. I think the wheelchair and the computer voice would fit the part," he told Wired Magazine in a recent interview for their January issue.
Hawking has already made a number of cameos in TV shows including "The Simpsons" and "Star Trek," but portraying the villain in a Bond movie would be some next level awesomeness.
Although he may have to fight Christoph Waltz for the part.