Stephen Hawking: We've Got 1,000 Years To Escape Earth

June 18, 2013


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.

  • Philip Maguire

    We're doomed anyway aren't we? What does it matter to this generation if the end comes in 10 years or 1.5 billion years?

  • Blacula79

    "what's so great about going somewhere else? ... 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."

    lol. Hmm... Never really thought about it like that.

  • Closet Nerd

    Hasn't anyone watched "Ancient Aliens".... we are a colony life forms created by aliens
    .....just sayin

  • John_Drake

    " we really want to be one of those races that goes from planet to
    planet depleting all its resources and leaving it in shambles?"

    Exactly. That speech Agent Smith gave in The Matrix was right! If we mess up our own planet, we don't deserve a new one.

  • Soylent Green Is People

    Yes. And no. If the universe were teeming with sentient life (or any other life at all, for that matter), then I would say you're right. We should probably avoid going out there in any sort of colonization effort. But it's not. So we're going to do whatever we need to in order for the species to survive. No one is ever going to implement, or even suggest, population controls and that's literally the only thing that will keep Earth remotely sustainable over the long-term. Since population control is out, colonization of the rest of that massive fucking universe out there is in.

  • John_Drake

    Just because we haven't found it yet, doesn't mean life out there doesn't exist. 'Teeming' might be a bit much, but even if there is one other species out there, we have to decide who has the 'right' to the resources available and for what purpose.

  • Soylent Green Is People

    If there is one other species out there, and it's not in a position to wipe us out, we take the resources we need and we put that other species in a zoo. And that's going to be that.
    Look, let's not get all touchy-feely about this. The sad truth about humanity is that we're interested in our own survival first. And the survival of everything else third. Living comfortably takes second spot, easy. And if we ever send an exploratory probe or manned-mission somewhere and it comes under attack by anything (be it animal-like creatures or intelligent beings or something else) you can bet your ass the next probe or manned mission we send there will be armed like a motherfucker. Because that's kinda what we do.

  • John_Drake

    Well, here's hoping that if the other species IS more advanced, they do the universe a favor and wipe humanity out before it can spread. As Agent Smith argues, humanity is a virus. You don't let a virus spread.

  • Soylent Green Is People

    I don't understand how hoping humanity gets wiped out makes any sense. If you're in favour of the death of billions, including yourself, of course, then why are you still here?

  • Boogie

    If you represent 'humanity' I agree, you deserve to die out. You are like a cancerous legion. You don't deserve another opportunity to export your vile, evil sickness. Look at what you've done to this planet? 'Humans' (primarily white males) have been horrible stewards of this planet; who in their right mind think your mindset should be allowed to colonize another one? You should die in the poisonous stew you have created. Problem solved. The earth will be able to heal then.

  • jos

    good luck finding a way to travel through universe with warp speed. humanity is doomed unless we find a way to send our seeds elsewhere. and on top of that we need to make humans to survive in the outer space maybe with less oxygen and food supply. That is not impossible within 800years but we need to do it now.

  • Mainarynox

    Upload our consciousness to digital within 50 years = easy to travel fast.

  • jos

    will that be consider humans though? I think not. Its more like a different kind of species

  • Soylent Green Is People

    Gotta say, this is where I see humanity going, too. A form of cyber posthumanism. And it's not super far off, either.

  • Bisquit Von Douger

    So... we've got to start working on Hideauze right?

  • Isaac King

    That's some quality GW writing right there.

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