London: Renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking thinks that humanity must leave Earth in the next one century and colonise another planet to ensure their survival, considering the dangers that lie ahead of us.
Hawking made the claims as part of a new documentary — Expedition New Earth — that’s set to air on BBC Two over the summer. As part of his predictions, Hawking said the effects of climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth has put the planet in an “increasingly precarious” position.
Hawking believes that our species would go extinct sometime within the next hundred years if we fail to find a new Earth, which lends the TV series its name. For the new show, Hawking has worked alongside Prof Danielle George, who teaches radio frequency engineering at the University of Manchester, and Christophe Galfard, a student of Hawking’s, to explore the idea of travelling across the stars.