Professor Hawking has warned the rise of technology could destroy us all – and a world government could be the only thing to save us
Technology needs to be controlled in order to prevent it from destroying the human race, Professor Stephen Hawking has warned.
The world-renowned physicist, director of research at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University, believes we need to establish a way of identifying threats quickly, before they have a chance to escalate.
Speaking to The Times, he said: “Since civilisation began, aggression has been useful in as much as it has definite survival advantages.
“It is hard-wired into our genes by Darwinian evolution.
“Now, however, technology has advanced at such a pace that this aggression may destroy us all by nuclear or biological war. We need to control this inherited instinct by our logic and reason.”
He suggests that “some form of world government” could be ideal for the job, but would itself create more problems.
“But that might become a tyranny,” he added.