Technology must be controlled in order to safeguard the future of humanity, Stephen Hawking has warned.
The physicist, who has spoken out about the dangers of artificial intelligence in the past, says a ‘world government’ could be our only hope.
He says our ‘logic and reason’ could be the only way to defeat the growing threat of nuclear or biological war.
‘Since civilisation began, aggression has been useful inasmuch as it has definite survival advantages,’ he told The Times.
‘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.’
He suggests that ‘some form of world government’ could be ideal for the job, but would itself create more problems.
‘But that might become a tyranny,’ he added.
‘All this may sound a bit doom-laden but I am an optimist. I think the human race will rise to meet these challenges.’
Recently the Cambridge University physics professor named overpopulation, climate change and diseases as just some of the threats facing our planet.
He said we have developed technology that could destroy Earth, and we must ‘retrain’ for a new world where robots have replaced many everyday jobs.
Writing in a comment article in The Guardian, Professor Hawking explained what worries him about the future of our planet.
‘For me, the really concerning aspect of this is that now, more than at any time in our history, our species needs to work together,’ he said.
‘We face awesome environmental challenges: climate change, food production, overpopulation, the decimation of other species, epidemic disease, acidification of the oceans.
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