Could Stephen Hawking be wrong?

Stephen Hawking in the past year or so has presented some gloomy forecasts for humanity. One of those was presented at the 2017 Tencent WE Summit in Beijing last Fall:

He predicted the earth would be so severely overpopulated by the year 2600, that it would become red hot.

But what if he is wrong about the continuing exponential growth of the population?

The UN is projecting that growth will slow over the next century1, not grow exponentially as Hawking suggests.

Maybe he was just trying to use negative motivation to encourage humankind to come together to “Go where no man has gone before.”

  1. Gerland P, et al. (2014) World population stabilization unlikely this century. Science 346:234–237.

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