Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
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Hawking in Posthumous Book Says Superhumans Will Take Over

Hawking in Posthumous Book Says Superhumans Will Take Over

Professor Hawking wrote in the newly-published book: "We are free to believe what we want, and it's my view that the simplest explanation is that there is no God".

In his answer, Hawking emphasised the importance of education and research, lamenting that funding for science was being significantly cut. "I can say with confidence that their future will depend more on science and technology than any previous generations has done".

Along with his warnings, he said Donald Trump's United States presidency and Britain's vote to leave the European Union were part of "a global revolt against experts", adding: "That includes scientists".

A collection of the brilliant physicist's final papers will be published tomorrow in a book called Brief Answers to the Big Questions, but the U.K.'s Sunday Times revealed some excerpts early.

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

Referring to techniques such as DNA-editing system Crispr-Cas9, which allows scientists to edit defective genes, the author of the internationally bestselling A Brief History of Time said superhumans would pose problems for "unimproved humans" who will not be able to "compete". His dire prediction continued that those being outpaced in the human development race will either die out or become unimportant, leaving "a race of self-designing beings who are improving at an ever-increasing rate".

'Laws will probably be passed against genetic engineering with humans.

Climate change. One "big question" that Hawking answers is whether God exists. "But some people won't be able to resist the temptation to improve human characteristics, such as memory, resistance to disease and length of life", he adds.

Professor Hawking lived with motor neurone disease - a condition that left him paralysed and only able to communicate through a voice-generating computer - for decades, even after he had only been given a few years to live in his twenties.

Al Jazeera's Catherine Stancl was at the book's launch at the London Science Museum. "I turned away because I had tears forming", Lucy Hawking told AFP on hearing her father's voice again. I think that when we die we return to dust, ' he explained.

Lucy Hawking said her father would have been "very honoured" by the decision to inter his ashes at Westminster Abbey - between the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

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