Professor Stephen Hawking in past few years have made some thought-provoking claims about future. He has previously said AI (artificial intelligence) take over human kind in 100 years. Now, in his newest warning, the physicist claims that if AI doesn't overcome humankind, an advanced alien civilization may do so instead. Professor Hawking in a recent interview, said “If aliens visit us, the outcome could be much like when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach," Hawking is, at present, leading a major search for intelligent alien life by means of two of the world's most powerful telescopes.
The telescopes will search one million of the neighboring stars to Earth for weak signals thrown out into the cosmos by intelligent life beyond our own world. Researchers taking part in this $100 million (£64 million) initiative will also scan the very center of our galaxy along with 100 of the neighboring galaxies for low power radio broadcasts. And the hunt is heating up. Just last week, NASA broke the news that Mars contain liquid water reignited the belief that alien life might soon be discovered. Hawking said “To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational. The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like”
Hawking also says that if aliens don't kill off the humankind, then climate change or AI may perhaps do so instead.
He said “I think the survival of the human race will depend on its ability to find new homes elsewhere in the universe, because there's an increasing risk that a disaster will destroy Earth,”
So what is your opinion about this recent claim of Stephen Hawking?