Despite being diagnosed with motor neurone disease, Professor Stephen Hawking is not slowing down in any way and continues to contribute his quota to understanding the scientific world. The science professor continuously strives to overcome his disability by conducting scientific researches and giving talks about scientific phenomena.
Prof. Hawking has been invited to speak at 2016 BBC Reith Lectures – which explore research into black holes, and his lectures will be broadcast on January 26 and February 2, 2016 at 9am on BBC Radio 4. BBC World Service listeners can tune in on 26 January at 15:06 GMT and 2 February at 15:06 GMT or catch up online via www.bbc.com/worldserviceradio
BBC News online will be publishing the text of Prof. Hawking's lectures with accompanying notes by science editor, David Shukman.
At a recent question-and-answer event, Prof. Hawking revealed that mankind is at risk from what he can create, viz. global warming, nuclear war, and genetically-engineered viruses among others; adding that humanity’s current progress in science and technology will produce “new ways things can go wrong.”
According to the BBC, he also agreed that humanity can live in Mars or other stars in space, establishing colonies and working out a way to survive as a people in space, but this will not happen in the next 100 years. And since man will be ultimately able to pack his luggage and head out for space, a “disaster on Earth would not mean the end of the human race,” he said.
This is not the first time the science professor would be warning about the potential dangers of human furors into science and technology, saying sometime in the recent past that artificial intelligence (AI) poses enough threat to humanity to cause extinction of mankind.
"We are not going to stop making progress, or reverse it, so we have to recognise the dangers and control them. I'm an optimist, and I believe we can," he added.
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Prof. Hawking also enjoined science researchers and technologists to note the impact of their creations on the world, and help the general public understand these things. "So communicate plainly what you are trying to do in science, and who knows, you might even end up understanding it yourself," he said.