Hawking in Posthumous Book Says Superhumans Will Take Over

Donna Miller
October 21, 2018

A young Stephen Hawking in 1963.

On Monday, Stephen Hawking's voice was heard at a London launch event when his posthumous book "Brief Answers To The Big Questions", was presented. For example, take his gambles that black holes destroy information, thus seemingly violating the current understanding of quantum mechanics, or that the Higgs boson could never be found. In his final book, posthumously published by his family, Hawking tackles some of the more esoteric questions he has been asked over the years, and he makes some startling predictions about the future of science to boot.

But if he were he would be speaking out not just on the exotic problems of fundamental physics and cosmology.

"He was deeply anxious that at a time when the challenges that present themselves are global - and need us to come together and work together - that we were becoming increasingly local in our thinking", Lucy Hawking said.

They include "Is time travel possible?", "Should we colonise space?" and "Is there a God?"

In an interview, he said, "What I meant by 'we would know the mind of God" is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God.

"While primitive forms of artificial intelligence developed so far have proved very useful, I fear the consequences of creating something that can match or surpass humans", Hawking wrote. "Unleash your imagination. Shape the future".

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Stephen Hawking has sent a message from "beyond the grave", warning the world about threats to science and education.

"We are also in danger of becoming culturally isolated and insular, and increasingly remote from where progress is being made".

Along with his warnings, he said Donald Trump's USA presidency and Britain's vote to leave the European Union were part of "a global revolt against experts", adding: "That includes scientists".

But science held the answers to pressing problems such as global warming, the growing population, renewable energy and epidemic diseases.

"It's tempting to dismiss the notion of highly intelligent machines as mere science fiction, but this would be a mistake - and potentially our worst mistake ever". "Wherever she might be". No one directs the universe. "I prefer to think that everything can be explained another way, by the laws of nature". We have just one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe. "I would say they were very good, but then I'm an optimist."In 1980 I said I thought there was a 50-50 chance that we would discover a complete unified theory in the next 20 years".

Hawking says the simplest explanation is that God does not exist and there is no reliable evidence for an afterlife, though people could live on through their influence and genes.

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