Larry King interviewed Stephen Hawking about six years ago, where Hawking notified that humanity could be kill itself through our own “greed and stupidity.” Now King spoke to Hawking again this Monday for Russia Today to see if there’s been any development on the self-destruction front, to which Hawking answered by saying:
“We have certainly not become less greedy or less stupid.”
The famous theoretical physicist went on to lay out what he felt were the major threats to our species’ durability. He continued to tell the problem of pollution and overpopulation, saying:
“The population has grown by half a billion since our last interview, with no end in sight. At this rate, it will be eleven billion by 2100. Air pollution has increased by 8 percent over the past five years. More than 80 percent of inhabitants in urban areas are exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution.”
Once more, Hawking also stressed the ever growing threat of – you guessed it – artificial intelligence and the rise of the machine. He said:
“Artificial intelligence has the potential to evolve faster than the human race. Beneficially AI could co-exist with humans. Once machines reach the critical stage of being able to evolve themselves, we cannot predict whether their goals will be the same as ours.”
Nevertheless, it wasn’t all doom and gloominess. Hawking ended this by saying what he believed was the most thrilling and surprising scientific discovery of his generation. Check out a extract of the interview below and you can watch the whole interview on Russia Today.