Stephen Hawking gave a talk in Hong Kong and appeared in front of his audience from his home in Cambridge. And no it wasn’t a video call; he used a very life-like 3D hologram for this purpose. He answered various questions and even commented on the ‘fake news’ climate around the world and said, "We are witnessing a global revolt against experts". This comment was in reference to how our Earth is facing so many negative climatic changes and how our leaders our unwilling to take the advice of scientists. He said, "The answer to these problems will come from science and technology".
Hawking, beliefs and aims
Last year he made a statement addressing audiences in Cambridge and said that we need to study the implication that AI will have on us in the future. According to him AI will be "either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity". Hawking said during this address, “We spend a great deal of time studying history, which, let's face it, is mostly the history of stupidity. So it's a welcome change that people are studying instead the future of intelligence".
Hawking believes that AI if used properly could help us eradicate a lot of the problems (diseases, poverty) and reverse the damage that humans have inflicted on the planet. However, he warns us that AI in the wrong hands can lead to "powerful autonomous weapons" and "new ways for the few to oppress the many". According to him if we don’t use science, AI and technology to our advantage, our time on the Earth will be limited. "[W]e must ... continue to go into space for the future of humanity," Hawking said last year. "I don't think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet."
Hawking is taking his own advice and is going to space on board Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo. He may be 75 but he still won’t be the oldest to go to space, that title is held by John Glenn who travelled into space at the age of 77. Hawking will have the title of the first person with ALS to go into space. This trip can also help scientists determine how microgravity affects ALS. Best of luck Stephen Hawking!