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

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Speaking from beyond the grave, Professor Stephen Hawking has told a new generation growing up in an increasingly insular world: "Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet".

Ever the scientist, Hawking points out that the reason for believing there is no God is simply a lack of evidence.

"With Brexit and Trump now exerting new forces in relation to immigration and the development of education, we are witnessing a global revolt against experts, and that includes scientists. And wonder about what makes the universe exist".

"It matters that you don't give up".

How do we shape the future?

Some scientists said Hawking's predictions are the best hope for saving Earth from destruction, while others disagreed, according to the Times.

Once such superhumans appear, there are going to be significant political problems with the unimproved humans, who won't be able to compete.

Laws will be passed to keep genetic engineering under control, but "people won't be able to resist the temptation to improve human characteristics, such as memory, resistance to disease and length of life", he predicts, adding that such breakthroughs will likely happen this century-and be available only to the wealthy. Thus they can modify their DNA and their children, improve memory and resistance to disease, and life expectancy and improve intelligence.

Hawking saw the world on the brink of a "vast transformative change" when he died, she noted, adding: "He's asking us not to go into the future blindly. Instead, there will be a race of self-designing beings who are improving at an ever-increasing rate", noted the scientist, who suffered from motor neurone disease that had left him nearly completely paralysed for most of his life.

"I think that was a huge concern for him and one that you'll find all the way through the book... it's a call for unity, it's a call to humanity, to bring ourselves back together and really face up to the challenges in front of us and to work together to find a solution".

Hawking lived for more than five decades with motor neuron disease that left him paralysed, communicating through a voice-generating computer.

Prof Hawking's ashes have been interred at Westminster Abbey between the remains of Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

"He was regularly asked a set of questions", his daughter Lucy Hawking said at the Science Museum in London. I think that when we die we return to dust.

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