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Stephen Hawking – This is the most dangerous time for our planet

As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the world’s great universities. Within that town, the scientific community that I became part of in my 20s is even more rarefied. And within that scientific community, the small group of international theoretical physicists …

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Andrew Griffin – Black holes are ‘doors’ to another world, scientists say

Black holes are doors to other parts of the universe, according to a new study. But you wouldn’t ever get to come back. Anyone who managed to get through one of the mysterious doors would end up “spaghettified”, and stretched out like a long strand of pasta, according to the research. They’d get squished back down to size once they reached the …

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Ian Sample – Stephen Hawkings: Most threats to humans come from science and technology, warns Hawking

The human race faces one its most dangerous centuries yet as progress in science and technology becomes an ever greater threat to our existence, Stephen Hawking warns. The chances of disaster on planet Earth will rise to a near certainty in the next one to ten thousand years, the eminent cosmologist said, but it will take more than a century …

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Ralph Nader – Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us, Revisited

When the stunning article “Why the Future Doesn’t Need Us” by Bill Joy, chief scientist for Sun Microsystems, made the cover of Wired Magazine in April 2000, it created quite a rumble in high-tech circles. Its argument was that “our most powerful 21st century technologies—robotics, genetic engineering, and nanotech—are threatening to make humans an endangered species.” Bill Joy was writing about out …

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Rob Price – Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and thousands of AI researchers just issued a warning about killer robots

More than a thousand artificial-intelligence researchers have cosigned an open letter calling for a ban on autonomous weapons, or “killer robots.” As The Verge reports, they have been joined by hundreds more sympathetic signatories from outside the industry — including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, scientist Stephen Hawking, and social theorist Noam Chomsky. Autonomous weapons capable of attacking targets without human …