Famed theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has estimated humanity has 1,000 years to escape earth and start colonizing other planets or risk extinction. Not a bad estimate, Stephen, but according to my calculations we've really only got 964 years, and everybody knows non-round numbers sound more accurate, so I am right and you are WRONG.
Speaking at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles the 71-year-old scientist called for further exploration of space to guarantee the future of mankind, the Belfast Telegraph reports.
"We must continue to go into space for humanity. If you understand how the universe operates, you control it in a way," Professor Hawking said, adding that "we won't survive another 1,000 years without escaping our fragile planet."
So let's say we trash earth in the next 1,000 years, right? Unless we find another VERY earth-like planet to inhabit, what's so great about going somewhere else? What exactly is going to happen to earth that causes mass extinction anyways? It seems to me like living on Mars would be about the same as living on a shit-hole earth we destroyed. It's not like you can play outside. Besides, do we really want to be one of those races that goes from planet to planet depleting all its resources and leaving it in shambles? We'll be the aliens movies have taught us to hate!
Thanks to Ron L, not to be confused with L Ron, who founded Scientology. I bet you get that all the time.