'Self-Designed Evolution.' Stephen Hawking Feared the Rise of Genetically Modified Superhumans


Stephen Hawking's final book was published October 16, just seven months after his death in March.

In Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Hawking looks at the origins of our planet, the controversial role of genetics and the threat of artificial intelligence.

Professor Hawking has not only talked about the god in his last book but also about the superhumans and artificial intelligence as well and it appears that his last warning to mankind is rather dire.

The intelligent design in the natural world all around us - a tiger's stripes, a seahorse's spiny tail, an infant's tiny fingernails, a comet streaking through the night sky - all of these and more are proof of a loving God who pours His artistry out constantly for humanity's enjoyment and wonder.

Professor Hawking lived with motor neurone disease - a condition that left him paralysed and only able to communicate through a voice-generating computer - for decades, even after he had only been given a few years to live in his twenties. Advanced artificial intelligence doesn't have to be hostile to be risky.

"Laws will probably be passed against engineering with humans".

With tears in her eyes, Lucy Hawking listened to her father's narration over an animation explaining his insights into the paradoxes of black holes: a problem that he was investigating - and publishing research on - right up to his death. "But some people won't be able to resist the temptation to improve human characteristics, such as memory, resistance to disease and length of life", said the celebrated professor.

His greatest concern, his daughter said, "is how divided we've become", adding: "He makes this comment about how we seem to have lost the ability to look outward, and we are increasingly looking inward to ourselves".

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In an interview, he said, "What I meant by 'we would know the mind of God" is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God.

"No government agency could afford to be seen to be spending public money as way out as time travel", Hawking wrote.

Hawking suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neurodegenerative disorder also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, for most of his adult life.

We have the technology. "If there were such a God, I would like to ask, however did he think of anything as complicated as M-theory in eleven dimensions".

He says that by the time people realise what is happening with climate change, it may be too late.

Hawking has always been optimistic about the prospect of finding alien life, but concerned about the dangers that an encounter with a more advanced alien civilization might bring.

"We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that I am extremely grateful".