Stephen Hawking Shared One Final Warning For Humanity Before He Died

Stephen Hawking issued a final warning for humanity before he died, and it has left the internet feeling scared.
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Famed scientist Stephen Hawking had one final warning for humanity before he died…

When it comes to super clever people, Hawking has to be at the top of the list.

So when he offers a warning to humanity, it seems as though it would be smart to listen, right?

Well, now Hawking’s final warning to humanity has resurfaced, and it has left the internet feeling concerned…

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It has been six years since the renowned brain of physics, Professor Stephen Hawking, died in 2018.

But his influence remains strong, and people still look to him for advice and wisdom about the universe.

And now, some stark warnings from Hawking’s past teachings have resurfaced. In fact, they’re going viral and they’re really freaking the internet out…

One person writes: “He is an extraordinary human being who emanated the nectar of the eternal pursuit of the truth and unwavering passions. His being will be eternally cherished.”

Another adds:  “I’m not surprised actually…”

While a third pens: “This is actually really freaky when you think about it.”

Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking said that ‘the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race’. Credit: BBC News via YouTube

Hawking’s major worry for the future was artificial intelligence taking over the world!

ChatGPT and other AI content generators are already making waves in the world of tech.

But the jury’s still out on whether or not that’s actually a good thing…

It was recently reported by Daily Mail that ‘half of school and college students are using ChatGPT to cheat’.

And it appears as though Hawking is firmly on the side of those opposed.

Stephen Hawking issued humanity with a warning about AI. Credit: Alamy

He even told the BBC back in 2012 that ‘the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race’.

“It would take off on its own, and redesign itself at an ever-increasing rate,” he explained.

“Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”

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Hawking also advised: “More must be done by the internet companies to counter the threat, but the difficulty is to do this without sacrificing freedom and privacy.”

In 2015, he was also one of 100 experts to sign an open letter to the United Nations warning of the dangers of unchecked AI development.

And, in 2017, the year before his death, Hawking told the magazine Wired: “I fear AI may replace humans altogether.”

Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking’s warning has sparked concern for some internet users. Credit: Alamy

“The genie is out of the bottle. We need to move forward on artificial intelligence development but we also need to be mindful of its very real dangers.

“If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that replicates itself. This will be a new form of life that will outperform humans.”

In his book, ‘Brief Answers to the Big Questions’, released just months after his death, he elaborated on the threat even more, writing: “We may face an intelligence explosion that ultimately results in machines whose intelligence exceeds ours by more than ours exceeds that of snails.”

He continued: “It’s tempting to dismiss the notion of highly intelligent machines as mere science fiction, but this would be a mistake – and potentially our worst mistake ever.”

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Written by Annie Walton Doyle

Annie Walton Doyle is a content editor at IGV who specialises in trending, lifestyle and entertainment news. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a degree in English Literature. Annie has previously worked with organisations such as The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harvard University, the Pulitzer Prize and 22 Words.