Stephen Hawking, who died in March, was one of the brightest minds of this century, and his theories and studies helped us learn more about the Universe. Now, a series of his essays talk about a race of superhumans. The set of articles and essays were released on Sunday Times, ahead of a book which will be published on Tuesday.
According to the late scientist, wealthy people around the world could use genetic engineering to achieve superhuman abilities which they would pass to their children. As Hawking said in one of his essays, the race of superhumans might wipe out the rest of the humanity.
“I am sure that during this century, people will discover how to modify both intelligence and instincts such as aggression. Laws will probably be passed against genetic engineering with humans. 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,” Stephen Hawking wrote.
A race of superhumans created through genetic engineering would conquer the Earth
According to Stephen Hawking, wealthy people on the planet would employ genetic engineering techniques to create a race of superhumans with enhanced memory, disease resistance, intelligence, and longevity.
The scientist also said that the many breakthroughs in genetics that would come would be attractive for people with sufficient money to use the new method to improve humans. Also, that would negatively impact on “unimproved humans.”
“Once such superhumans appear, there will be significant political problems with unimproved humans, who won’t be able to compete. Presumably, they will die out, or become unimportant. Instead, there will be a race of self-designing beings who are improving at an ever-increasing rate,” Hawking wrote in one of his essays.
Stephen Hawking referred to genetic engineering techniques such as CRISPR-Cas9 which is a DNA-editing system that permits specialists to remove bad genes and add new ones.