The genius physicist Stephen Hawking may have postulated many tantalizing theories on the mysteries of our universe while being completely unable to stop himself from saying the most asinine of things.
On top of his beliefs in man-made climate change, his vehement opposition to Israel, and the silly assertion that our universe is a bubble surrounded by infinite bubbles, Hawking now claims that robots will become a form of "new life" and replace humans completely.
According to Mirror, Prof. Hawking fears that artificial intelligence (AI) will become a self-replicating life form that may "replace humans altogether."
"If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that improves and replicates itself," he said. "This will be a new form of life that outperforms humans."
While Hawking's fears may certainly seem plausible, his regard for humanity in this is beyond contemptible. Speaking at Cambridge University last year, the 75-year-old showed the depths of his anti-human philosophy when he asserted that an artificial intelligence could be made to replicate a human brain, which therefore would make it life. "It therefore follows that computers can, in theory, emulate human intelligence — and exceed it," he said.
Hawking asserted this theory on top of another "chicken little" doomsday scenario of his regarding the sustainability of Earth, calling for a new generation of young people to take up space exploration in the hope of colonizing other planets.
"I believe we have reached the point of no return," he said. "Our earth is becoming too small for us, global population is increasing at an alarming rate and we are in danger of self-destructing."
Hawking does hope that the promulgation of artificial intelligence will help to bring about a technological revolution that will "undo some of the damage done to the natural world by the last one — industrialisation."
Earlier this year, Hawking lamented his fear that he would not be welcome in Trump's America as a scientist, which is about as stupid as it gets.
Hawking also supports the ideological construct called "Scientism" — the belief that science has surpassed religion and philosophy in providing people with all the answers to life's questions.