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Stephen Hawking: Technology Can Be A Threat To Mankind -- Know Why He Says It Can Cause Your Own Extinction

By Myraine Policarpio , Jan 20, 2016 05:37 AM EST

Recent news on the prominent astrophysicist Stephen Hawking's warning to the public has been roaming around the web. With its constant likes and shares to various social media sites, his words have generally created an "impact" among people especially the "millennials" -- the age group that depends much on the use of technology and has an increased exposure on latest innovations.

"We are not going to stop making progress, or reverse it, so we have to recognize the dangers and control them," Hawking said with certainty. "Humanity generally faces larger threats from advancements made in science and technology."

The author and director also named a few of the possible disasters that could happen: "global warming, genetically engineered viruses and nuclear war." Though he stated that he knew for a fact that a world without technology seems to be a difficult challenge, he also took note of the specific need to find the perfect recipe for mankind extinction or the so-called doomsday.

He still believes that technologies can bring about new trends and ways as well as those things that potentially can go wrong for everyone. Likewise, he also mentioned about how the humanity has become selfish, abusive and stubborn of doing the same mistakes over and over -- putting risks and worsening the dangers of self-extinction.

During the recording of the BBC's annual Reith Lectures on Jan.7, he was asked how he thinks that world would end. He then shared his observations that "an earthly disaster and a near certainty in the next 1,000 to 10,000 years will not end humanity."

The artificial intelligence (AI) alarmist also urged everyone to be careful and be ready to understand science in a more vigilant and concerned democratic society -- "making smart and informed decisions about the future." Hence, the "optimistic" professor also challenged the tech experts and even the world leaders to educate the people and the next generations with a more comprehensive "scientific knowledge."

As of this writing, netizens have also expressed their thoughts and concerns about this "extinction" as caused by the supposedly optimistic, beneficial and progressive technology. "We are actually witnessing mass extinction," one commenter shared.

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