In his synthesized voice Hawking said:
'I see great danger for the human race. There have been a number of times in the past when survival has been a question of touch and go. The Cuban missile crisis in 1963 is one of these. The frequency of such occasions is likely to increase in the future. We shall need great care and judgment to negotiate them all successfully. But I am an optimist. If we can avoid disaster for the next two centuries our species should be safe as we spread into space.’
Whereas the human genetic code that carries selfish and aggressive instincts was a necessary instinct for survival in the past, Hawking believes that this will make it difficult for the human race to avoid disaster in the future, and looking at one news report after another with the latest world news on hostilities, wars and future threats, it is a sentiment that perhaps many would tend to agree with.
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