Stephen Hawking has said that there is no God and that computers will overcome humans in next 100 years. The 73 year old turned down idea that there is a God in an discussion by stating that science is able to clarify the initiation of everything. When questioned by Spanish newspaper El Pais if scientists should ever believe in God, Hawking replied: "I use the word, God, in an impersonal sense, like Einstein did, for the laws of nature." After that he was asked: "Do you think humans would one day abandon religion and God?" to which he responded: "The laws of science are sufficient to explain the origin of the universe. It is not necessary to invoke God."
The motor neurone disease victim went on to say that the future of the humankind could be unwelcoming. He said that if extra-terrestrials visit Earth, they possibly will take over our planet. Hawking said: "Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach. 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." On the topic of artificial intelligence (AI), he said: "Computers will overtake humans with AI in some next 100 years. When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours.
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. I therefore want to raise public awareness about the importance of space flight. I have learnt not to look too far ahead, but to concentrate on the present. I have so much more I want to do."
Don’t be surprised (if you are) this isn't the first time that the theoretical physicist has criticized religion. Back in a June, 2015, in an interview, Hawking told Spanish newspaper El Mundo that science has taken us too far to have faith in in an all-powerful deity.
He said "Before we understand science, it is natural to believe that God created the universe. But now science offers a more convincing explanation. 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, which there isn't. I'm an atheist,"