In a revival of Tomorrow's World, Stephen Hawking attests humans must leave Earth.
World-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking predicts that civilization will not last on Earth longer than 100 years more. He insists that, in order for survival, humans will have to move to the moon or another planet. In a new Tomorrow’s World revival on BBC, Hawking sets out to prove his theory, and explore the possibility of uprooting civilization to colonize Mars.
“In this landmark series, Expedition New Earth, [Hawking] enlists engineering expert professor Danielle George and his own former student, Christophe Galfard, to find out if and how humans can reach for the stars and move to different planets. The journey shows that Prof Hawking’s ambition isn’t as fantastical as it sounds—that science fact is closer to science fiction than we ever thought.”
The show will cover advances in astronomy, biology, rocket technology, and other disciplines that are coming closer to life on Mars. Billionaire Elon Musk has established aerospace firm SpaceX with the goal of establishing a settlement in the coming decades. “I don’t have a doomsday prophecy,” Musk is quoted saying in 2016, “but history suggests some doomsday event will happen.”
Hawking’s new show is a revival of the classic series Tomorrow’s World, which ran for 38 years but was taken off the air 14 years ago due to lack of interest. In the 21st century, science fiction is becoming reality. Scientists predict climate change, asteroid strikes, epidemics, and overpopulation will lead our inevitable demise. “Whether it’s the rise of robotics or the demise of antibiotics, traveling to Mars or the arrival of 3D printed food, science is changing the world at an extraordinary pace,” said Tony Hall, director of BBC.
Transforming this type of grave information into a show feels a bit gimmicky. But then again, you have to wonder what it will take for humans to realize that our way of life is not sustainable. Government agencies and private companies propagate products and projects that are not scientifically proven to be safe. The best way to ensure your survival is to live as closely to the earth as possible and learn everything you can about what makes earthwork.
Still, Stephen Hawking says it’s a great time to be alive, furthermore
“Our picture of the universe has changed a great deal in the last 50 years and I am happy if I have made a small contribution. The fact that we humans, who are ourselves mere fundamental particles of nature, have been able to come this close to understanding the laws that govern us and the universe is certainly a triumph.”
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