# Stephen Hawking predicted the future of mankind

#### Hawkingo

Well known scientist professor Stephen Hawking had predicted the possibility that genetic modification can give birth to superhumans that could destroy the rest of humanity. The essays, published in the Sunday Times, were written in preparation for a book that will be published on Tuesday. Read the full article below
https://amp-theguardian-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/amp.theguardian.com/science/2018/oct/14/stephen-hawking-predicted-new-race-of-superhumans-essays-reveal?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1#amp_tf=From %1$s&ampshare=https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/oct/14/stephen-hawking-predicted-new-race-of-superhumans-essays-reveal Related General Discussion News on Phys.org #### phinds Science Advisor Gold Member As a theoretical physicist, Hawking had few peers but as a sociologist/technologist predicting the future of mankind, not so much. #### pinball1970 Gold Member Well known scientist professor Stephen Hawking had predicted the possibility that genetic modification can give birth to superhumans that could destroy the rest of humanity. The essays, published in the Sunday Times, were written in preparation for a book that will be published on Tuesday. Read the full article below https://amp-theguardian-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/amp.theguardian.com/science/2018/oct/14/stephen-hawking-predicted-new-race-of-superhumans-essays-reveal?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1#amp_tf=From %1$s&ampshare=https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/oct/14/stephen-hawking-predicted-new-race-of-superhumans-essays-reveal

Not a nice though to someone with asthma, average height/build and “normal” IQ

You can potentially splice out “defective” genes/ potentially disease causing genes but someone needs to decide what is and what is not defective.

IQ lower than 115? Males under 6 foot Tall? Person not beautiful? Face not symmetric enough? Cannot bench 2x body weight?

Gene therapy for cystic fibrosis (link) is no one would argue with “defects” such “not attractive” make me clench a little and reminds of ideologies past.

https://www.nhs.uk/news/genetics-and-stem-cells/gene-therapy-breakthrough-for-cystic-fibrosis/

Reminds of the below- pretty sure I have quoted this before so perhaps a similar topic has come up?

I am a clone, I am not alone
Every fibre of my flesh and bone
Is identical to the others
Everything I say is in the same tone
As my test tube brother's voice
There is no choice between us,
If you had ever seen us,
And consider every weakness

Being a clone, I have no flaws to identify
Even this doggerel that pours from my pen,
Has just been written by
Oh, another twenty telepathic men,
Word for word, it says:
"Oh, for the wings of any bird,
Other than a battery hen."

"Stephen Hawking predicted the future of mankind"

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