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Humanity must travel to space or die out: Hawking

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A view of the planet Earth from space

Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking warns that if the human race does not leave the planet and start to live in space, humanity will die out.

The renowned British scientist made the comments while giving a holographic speech at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Independent reported on Monday.

"We must continue to go into space for the future of humanity," Hawking said, "I don't think we will survive another 1,000 years without escaping beyond our fragile planet."

The eminent scientist used holographic technology to give the speech from his office in Cambridge, England. 

Stephen Hawking’s hologram and physicist Paul Daviesto at the Sydney opera house on April 25, 2015

“Although I would love to be there in person,” he said during his opening speech to the audience, “the idea of being the first person to appear as a hologram at the stage at the Opera House was too good an offer to refuse.”

“Be curious, and however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up,” he added.

Hawking has repeatedly warned the human race over the danger it is placing itself by progressing the rise of artificial intelligence and aggression.

The only way to ensure the continuity of the human race is to colonize other planets, the scientist noted back in February.

At the end of his holographic speech, Hawkins called on the audience to “look at up at the stars and not down at your feet”.



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