Renowned astrophysicist and scientist Stephen Hawking has a few minutes of his thoughts about the feature of humanity on Big Think web page. In short, the expansion of humanity into space and colonization of other planets is our only chance for long-term survival of species. He explains that in context of increased global population, problems like global warming and pollution and also the limited resources on this planet.
- “Our genetic code carries selfish and aggressive instincts that gave us an advantage in survival in the past. It will be difficult to avoid catastrophes in the next 100 years or the next thousand or million. “- Says the famous physicist.
He also mentions the Cuban missile crisis from 1963. When the world was on the edge of nuclear annihilation and that was barely avoided, in the future very similar incidents will occur with increasing frequency.
However, if we manage to live together for two centuries, to be able to equip the spacecraft with colonists and if colonization is successful, the humanity will live. “says Hawking. More about Hawking’s thoughts here.