Stephen Hawking says pollution and ‘stupidity’ still biggest threats to mankind


The Secular Jurist

Professor Stephen Hawking says he believes pollution and human “stupidity” remain the biggest threats to mankind, while also expressing his concerns over the use of artificial intelligence in warfare.

The world’s leading theoretical physicist argued “we have certainly not become less greedy or less stupid” in our treatment of the environment over the past decade, during an interview on Larry King Now, which is hosted on Ora TV.

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Commentary by The Secular Jurist:  IMO, what Hawking is warning about here is the surpassing of collective human wisdom – that is, our ability to govern ourselves in complex modern societies – by the rapid advance of technology and the overpopulation it has enabled.  This cautionary idea has been offered many times in recent centuries by many thoughtful people, and it is a lesson we seem destined to…

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