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Published On: Thu, Oct 1st, 2015

Stephen Hawking: there is no God, warns of nomadic alien invaders and AI overtaking humans

British physicist Stephen Hawking said that there is no God and that computers will overtake humans within the next century during recent interviews. In an interview with Spain’s El Pais, the world-renowned physicist said he feared aliens might destroy humanity, comparing an invasion to when Columbus turned up in the Americas.

“Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach,” Hawking told El Pais. “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.”

photo/ Brandon Jones

Aliens and artificial intelligence are a threat, says Stephen Hawking photo/ Brandon Jones

Hawking was asked if scientists should believe in God, Hawking responded: “I use the word, God, in an impersonal sense, like Einstein did, for the laws of nature.” This question was followed by: “Do you think humans would one day abandon religion and God?” to which he retorted: “The laws of science are sufficient to explain the origin of the universe. It is not necessary to invoke God.”

n the subject of artificial intelligence (AI), he added: “Computers will overtake humans with AI at some point within the 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.”

Hawking told Spanish newspaper El Mundo that science has brought us too far to believe in an all-powerful deity. “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,” he said.

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