'Self-Designed Evolution.' Stephen Hawking Feared the Rise of Genetically Modified Superhumans

Christopher Davidson
October 16, 2018

Despite the barriers, as the science and technology improves, Hawking predicts a world in which the ability to self-design people ultimately divides society, rather than helping to unite it.

"We are.in danger of becoming culturally isolated and insular and increasingly remote from where progress is being made", he said. He cited the election of U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's 2016 vote to leave the European Union as part of "a global revolt against experts and that includes scientists".

"What lies ahead for those who are young now?"

"On this basis the future looks desperately gloomy", he said. "And wonder about what makes the universe exist".

He also recognised that science is yet to overcome some pretty major challenges - including climate change, overpopulation, species going extinct, destruction to forests and the death of the oceans.

"Be curious, and however hard life may seem there is always something you can do and succeed at".

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Hawking continued: "It matters that you don't give up".

Hawking lived for more than five decades with motor neuron disease that left him paralyzed, communicating through a voice-generating computer.

Her brother Timothy said that while reading the new book he could hear his father's voice "leaping off the page". In June, his ashes were buried in Westminster Abbey, between the graves of Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton. "We think he would have been very honoured to take his place in history".

"He never liked to be alone; he always wanted to be in the centre of everything".

It's been several months since the late Stephen Hawking passed away, but posthumous writings by the groundbreaking scientist show the great man still had much more to tell us. Among them are the long-term feasibility of life on Earth ("I regard it as nearly inevitable that either a nuclear confrontation or environmental catastrophe will cripple the Earth at some point in the next 1,000 years"); the existence of God ("If you like, you can call the laws of science "God", but it wouldn't be a personal God that you would meet and put questions to"); and the biggest threat to the future of the planet ("asteroid collision").

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