according to renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking, humans will need to colonise another planet within the next 100 years to survive climate change, asteroid strikes and overpopulation.
In a documentary, Expedition New Earth — part of the BBC’s new science season Tomorrow’s World — Prof. Hawking and his former student Christophe Galfard will travel the world to find out how humans could survive in outer space, reports The Telegraph.
In the series, Prof. Hawking claims that time is running out for the Earth and humanity will need to leave the planet for its survival.
“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 … 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.”
The shows aims to find Britain’s greatest invention, by asking the public to vote on the innovation which has been the most influential in their lives, The Telegraph reported.
“We’ve come together behind a simple, and very bold ambition — to equip all of us with the knowledge and understanding we need to make sense of our lives and the future … Whether it’s the rise of robotics or the demise of antibiotics, traveling to Mars or the arrival of 3D printed food, science is changing the world at an extraordinary pace.”
Last month, Prof. Hawking had warned that the aggressive instincts of humans, coupled with the fast pace of growth in technology may destroy us all by nuclear or biological war, adding that only a ‘world government’ may prevent this impending doom.
Prof. Hawking had said that humans may lack the skills as a species to stay alive.