However the celebrated physicist says there is an alternative and we can harness AI to eradicate disease and poverty
'We should be wary of answering back'
'Just like children, we will have to learn to share'
'I'm next to you and can kill you,' one message sent to the world-famous scientist reportedly said
Stranger things have happened...
The backers hope that the project can send tiny rockets 25 trillion miles into space in just 20 years – and send back pictures, potentially showing worlds that could support life
'It is thrilling to see predictions I made over 40 years ago... being observed within my lifetime'
Small black holes could be harnessed and provide easily enough power for the Earth, physicist says — but they might also fall through the ground and into the centre of the Earth
Nuclear war, global warming and genetically-engineered viruses all pose a threat — but we might be able to save humanity if we escape the Earth in time
The acclaimed physicist gave the annual Reith lecture
The most prestigious award in science is only given to those who have experimental evidence of their work — and Professor Hawking may just have published that
Hawking has warned humanity about our own barbarity, the growth of artifiical intelligence and the likelihood that any aliens we meet will want to kill us
In a world where technology is captivating the young, toy firms are falling over themselves to make artificial intelligence child's play
The famed physicist warned that intelligent machines could make human workers obsolete in a Reddit AMA
The famed physicist offered to answer questions from the public in July
AI is likely to be ‘either the best or worst thing ever to happen to humanity,’ Hawking said, ‘so there's huge value in getting it right’