Hawking: Humans at risk of lethal ‘own goal’
Humanity is at risk from a series of dangers of our own making, according to Prof Stephen Hawking.
Nuclear war, global warming and genetically-engineered viruses are among the scenarios he singles out. And he says that further progress in science and technology will create “new ways things can go wrong”. …assuming humanity eventually establishes colonies on other worlds, it will be able to survive.
“Although the chance of a 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 thousand or ten thousand years. By that time we should have spread out into space, and to other stars, so a disaster on Earth would not mean the end of the human race. However, we will not establish self-sustaining colonies in space for at least the next hundred years, so we have to be very careful in this period.”
It is ironic that such a prominent figure in science identifies scientific progress itself as the major source of new threats. On previous occasions, he has highlighted the potential risks of artificial intelligence (AI) becoming powerful enough to cause the extinction of the human race.
VSF: All war is now Electronic Warfare!
From what I have read in a pile of recently published books on the new military and corporate mercenaries, there is no way in hell that the armed forces of ANY country, multinational corporation, and the Global Corporate Regime are going to give up Electronic Warfare. All war is now EW! There is no war anywhere without EW. And it’s not just the USA, Russia, China, Iran, and Israel that have developed advanced technologies in EW. It is also the so-called “rogue states” all the have-nots and the fanatic religious sects desperate for power and their share; with populations heavily dominated by young men who have no prospects of any hope for anything and are perfectly willing to spend their youth fighting under any conditions – they have no options. The Global Corporate Regime has hard intelligence as evidence to fear these groups, because they are developing their own EW, genetically-engineered viruses, etc. and AI.
Even if geoengineering is prohibited for climate control & weather manipulation, it will still be considered necessary for war. There is no alternative for the military but to continue to escalate. Only an act of Nature, an act of God could change their minds — something so cosmically shattering that it would convince every leader in every country around the world that these heinous evil uses of the electromagnetic spectrum technology – which could produce miraculous healing – have been misused, abused, and have become a demonic Siren Song seducing the entire planet into suicidal omnicide.