(ANTIMEDIA) World-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has been discussing the impending doom of the human race for several years.
On multiple occasions, he has warned of the likelihood that alien species will act like colonialists if they ever visit Earth, likening extraterrestrials’ tendencies to our own human behavior.
“One day we might receive a signal from a planet like this, but we should be wary of answering back. Meeting an advanced civilization could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus. That didn’t turn out so well,” he has said.
Stephen Hawking has also warned that it’s only a matter of time until Earth is destroyed. “Although the chance of disaster to planet Earth in a given year may be quite low, it adds up over time, and becomes a near certainty in the next 1,000 or 10,000 years,” he said in November.
As a result, he has advocated colonizing both the moon and Mars.
Keeping up with his warnings, Hawking warns in a forthcoming documentary — called Stephen Hawking: Expedition New Earth — that humans should make their exodus from the planet within the next century if they have any hope of surviving. According to the BBC, which is releasing the feature this summer, Hawking discusses his assertion that “the human race only has one hundred years before we need to colonize another planet.”
In the film, set to be released next month, Hawking details why this will be necessary, noting threats facing the planet including epidemics, asteroid strikes, and climate change.
The BBC documentary includes Stephen Hawking and other academics and aims to “… find out if and how humans can reach for the stars and move to different planets,” according to the British network.
BBC asserts Hawkings’ seemingly outlandish predictions and advice about leaving Earth are actually well-founded.
“The journey shows that Prof Hawking’s ambition isn’t as fantastical as it sounds — that science fact is closer to science fiction than we ever thought,” the outlet says.
The documentary will highlight “the latest advances in astronomy, biology and rocket technology that will make it possible to live on Mars — from plasma rockets to human hibernation,” Newsweek reported, also detailing current efforts that are already underway.
“I don’t have a doomsday prophecy,” Musk said in 2016, “but history suggests some doomsday event will happen.” His beliefs are in line with the sentiment Hawking echoes in the new documentary.
Concerning an impending Doomsday, many nuclear scientists agree. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has maintained a “Doomsday Clock” since 1953, mostly focused on the threat of nuclear warfare, which continues to mount in 2017. The clock is currently positioned at two-and-a-half minutes to midnight.
Stephen Hawking has expressed the views echoed in the upcoming documentary for quite some time. Back in 2008, he suggested “The moon could be a base for travel to the rest of the solar system,” adding that Mars would be “the obvious next target.”
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