Hawking: Colonize space in 100 years or face extinction

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  1. Raiser
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    There's no doubt that we'll face extinction soon, but I think the 100 years is a bit of a stretch.
    Although by then, Earth will be extremely overpopulated, and without an eventual release of anti-polluting vehicles and such, we'll destroy our Earth even more.
     


  2. geoflcl

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    Yes, we're definitely doomed. And with the world only getting worse, I don't doubt it'll happen in the sort-of-foreseeable future. [​IMG]

    Meh, I don't know. I'll leave that up to you, Hawking.
     
  3. Sterling

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    Honestly I will probably be dead in a 100 years, so it won't matter much to me. I can't even work a nuclear toaster, much less help research and create a mass migration to colonize space.
     
  4. VashTS

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    we could start colonizing space right now, but people are too stupid to allow this to happen. religion being the separating factor between peace/cooperation and hatred/war. i would gladly join an organization that attempts to colonize space and i would help with the project for room and board and basic amenities, like electric and internets, no pay just provisions. I'm sure a lot more people would do the same.
     
  5. TM2-Megatron

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    Spend hundreds of trillions now, or face extinction in a century or two when all the people who would've had to spend money would be dead, anyway? I think we know which course the elite would choose, when presented with the options. They'd rather hold on to their money in the here and now, die super-rich, and let the future work out its own problems.

    However, I do think it's a bit alarmist. In any case, we don't have the technology to properly colonize space. If Hawking wants that, maybe he should devote some of his intellect to getting around that light-speed limit that scientists have been going on about for decades. If they weren't so focused on saying it was "impossible", they might've actually discovered that it's not by now.
     
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    if it wasn't for religion we'd be there now beyond the stars [​IMG]
     
  7. Sterling

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    Wrong. If religion started with the heavens, it will end with the heavens. Also, if mankind wasn't so stubborn we would get so much more shit done. Obama has already suspended most of the US's space program, so it stands to reason there won't be much more progress on the US side of things for awhile. Also, what makes you people say that religion is why we have progressed less in space. Seriously, people of all sorts of religions were fascinated by what was beyond the clouds. The Egyptians, and the Maya are prime examples of celestial fascination. In fact if they had ever dreamed it was possible to go into space, they would have jumped on it like stink on an elephant.
     
  8. Rayder

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    I'll likely be dead in about 40 years (very few men in my family ever make it to 80), so I don't care what happens 100 years from now. But I AM worried about what happens up until I die.
     
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    it didn't start with the heavens it started with the big bang! cos of religion and their backward/close minded ways in the DARK ages all technology or inventing was forbidden and it's held mankind back hundreds of years!
     
  10. Raiser
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    I think he's referring to the many years of scientific repression in the whole "Religion vs. Science" deal.
    What was Obama's reason for doing that again?

    I must say that the future of mankind looks grim. Very grim.
     
  11. Sterling

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    It was using a lot of funds. Honestly, they were better off going to the space program to begin with, instead of the shit now...(that's another topic though.[​IMG] )
     
  12. Maz7006

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    doesn't matter, i'd be dead by then.
     
  13. 8BitWalugi

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    Damn. And I really wanted to see what it was like to live like in Mobile Suit Gundam...
     
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    This post is so cliche'd I honestly have no idea if you're being sarcastic or not.
     
  15. Raiser
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    We wish. ;p

    I was always curious as for the future of mankind even though I'd be long dead by the time anything I can vision becomes real.
    Doesn't look like we have much of a future though..
     
  16. ChuckBartowski

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    Space colonization does need to happen soon. I dont see why we havent done it with the moon yet. Its pretty much the only reason to go back to the moon. In the next hundred years, mars.
     
  17. meornot0

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    I doubt that we will all die if we don't do anything. He didn't say any problems that can't be fixed.

    Fix for overpopulation-use protection

    Global warming- Does anyone know about the 1970s ice age scare? It was the same sort of thing that global warming is. It is 40 years from 1970. There is no snow around me.

    Edit: It would also be extremely hard to replicate the environment we evolved/adapted to in a space colony.
     
  18. megawalk

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    3 Following Subjects will save us alltogether:
    A) Mechanaughts....very lively Mechanaughts
    B) Mass Departure Ships to go into space with a colonization
    C) Space Colonies
     
  19. mAlvarado

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    A lot of people said that something scared them in the moon in theirs missions, so this is the reason why they haven't done anything on the moon.

    for me it makes sense, since the moon is a good place to build an observatory, but who knows

    I always wanted to travel into space and something that seems like my dreams is on this video, scroll to 1:40 and 2:30 and you'll see what I mean



    Edit: spelling
     
  20. Sterling

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    And where did the Big Bang happen? C'mon Mr. Science think really hard on that one. [​IMG] Like I said, if religion began from looking at the heavens, it will end in the heavens. That's dual meaning SON. I will have to admit to the close mindedness of past religion, but seriously what does religion do now to hold back space exploration? Nothing. In fact, religion is actually looking past the stars for conformation of God, or what ever people believe in. [​IMG] So your argument holds no dark matter. [​IMG]