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

British physicist Professor Stephen Hawking speaks during the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 Paralympics in London Wednesday Aug. 29 2012. Stephen Hawking has spoken from beyond the grave to warn that

Stephen Hawking predicted rich people would create new ‘superhuman’ race in final works

Does God exist? These are just a few of the questions Hawking addresses in this wide-ranging, passionately argued final book from one of the greatest minds in history.

Professor Hawking received over a dozen honorary degrees ...

Hawking, who died aged in March, left a collection of works on "the big questions" to be included in a book which will be published on Tuesday.

"Hearing his voice again brought tears to my eyes", Lucy said.

"It feels sometimes like he's still here", she said. Will the Holy Grail of physics be always just beyond our reach?

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"We are.in danger of becoming culturally isolated and insular and increasingly remote from where progress is being made", he said.

The book tackles many of such complex questions, including if humanity will survive, the threat of nuclear war, climate change, and so on. Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?

He began pulling it together before his death, but the project was finished by his family and colleagues.

'No and yes. In principal the laws allow us to predict the future but in practice it is too hard'.

Despite the barriers, as the science and technology improves, Hawking predicts a world in which the ability to self-design people ultimately divides society, rather than helping to unite it.

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Perhaps our prayers should include a petition that we never lose the childlike quality that allows us to look at a tiger's stripes or a baby's fingernails and see God - without question, without investigation, without hesitation. The rapid increase of the global population with the consequent need for ever more energy and food, our unstoppable encroachment into natural habitats, the huge amounts of air pollution due to the burning of fossil fuels, growing income disparity, cultural entrenchment - all of these combine into an explosive formula for disaster. "Wherever she might be".

Hawking's comments refer to techniques such as Crispr-Cas9, a DNA-editing system invented six years ago that enables scientists to modify harmful genes or add new ones, according to The Guardian.

Hawking concluded that there is "probably no heaven and afterlife", and there is no reliable evidence for a God that created the universe or directs our fate.

It is set out in his book: "When we see the Earth from space, we see ourselves as a whole. Do we really want cheap A.I. weapons to become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow, sold to criminals and terrorists on the black market?"

'But there is a sense we live on, in our influence, and in the genes we pass to our children'. His ashes were later interred in Westminster Abbey between the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.

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