Stephen Hawking Predicts Humanity’s Final Days

Nov 18, 2016 at 11:07 AM ET

Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has a warning for humankind. “I don’t think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet,” he said during a recent speech at Britain’s Oxford University Union. Hawking said human agression, global warming and genetically engineered viruses are threatening our way of life. Hawking’s solution: humans must “go into space for the future of humanity.” NASA has identified more than 4,600 “candidate” planets for human colonization. “Look up to the stars and not down at your feet,” said Hawking.