Browsing: Stephen Hawking

Humanity could reach the stars within a generation

It takes a bold person to declare that interstellar travel is now within our grasp. Physicist Stephen Hawking has shown that he is just that, taking part in the Breakthrough Starshot initiative. The project has announced a US$100m research programme to investigate the technology

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Race is on to reach our nearest stars

It’s an ambitious plan to launch a series of micro-spaceships to our stellar neighbours, but that’s what Russian billionaire Yuri Miller has announced this week. The US$100m Breakthrough Starshot project aims to send the probes out at speeds up to about one fifth the speed of

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My robot Valentine

Imagine it’s Valentine’s Day and you’re sitting in a restaurant across the table from your significant other, about to start a romantic dinner. As you gaze into each other’s eyes, you wonder

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If Elon Musk is a Luddite, count me in

On 21 December, SpaceX made history by successfully launching a rocket and returning it to a safe landing on Earth. It’s also the day that SpaceX founder Elon Musk was nominated for a Luddite Award. The nomination came as part of a campaign by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation

Could AI be mankind’s undoing?

The famous theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, has revived the debate on whether our search for improved artificial intelligence will one day lead to thinking machines that will take over from us. The British scientist made the claim during a wide-ranging interview with the BBC. Hawking has the motor neurone

Betting on the origin of the universe

Ten years ago, Stephen Hawking made a bet with the man in the office next door at Cambridge University: South Africa’s Neil Turok, the son of ANC MP Ben Turok. The iconic scientist balked at Turok’s proposal for a money wager, so they agreed on another kind of stake: bragging rights over which of them had discovered