Stephen Hawking Just Predicted How Long We Have Left On Earth And It's Pretty Depressing

The English theoretical physicist has given an indication to how long the human race has left on Earth, and let's just say we're in trouble.

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If the thought of yet another week at work, the bleak May weather and sense of loss at having finally finished watching 13 Reasons Why and Line of Duty isn't depressing enough, you probably won't want to hear what English theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking has to say about humanity's fate on Earth.

Look, don't say we didn't warn you.

Cast your mind back to November when Hawking – who lives with Lou Gehrig's Disease – gifted the world a prediction regarding humankind's deadline on Earth and how long we have until we need to find a new planet to call home.

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At the time, the scientist predicted that we have a solid 1,000 years.

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Now, in the grand scheme of things, 1,000 years as a deadline for humanity's existence on Earth doesn't exactly sound too threatening, you know, if the world finally gets its ass into gear and starts to give a damn about pollution and climate change.

But, in the universe's calculations, it is but a blink of an eye.

So, if the renowned cosmologist's prediction didn't already have you looking up how to survive the Ice Age and researching Rightmove to find a new home on the Planet Zog, you might want to get a move on, if his latest statement is anything to go by.

In his forthcoming documentary for the BBC, Expedition New Earth, as part of the channel's 'Tomorrow's World' science season, Hawking claims Mother Earth is calling time on our rental of planet Earth and is ending our tenancy in, oh, around about 100 years.

Yep, 100 years.

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'Professor Stephen Hawking thinks the human species will have to populate a new planet within 100 years if it is to survive,' the BBC confirmed.

'With climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth, our own planet is increasingly precarious,' the news outlet continued.

Excuse me, Stephen.

You mean to say we have less than a century to pack up our belongings, find another planet and start popping out the sprogs? Have you seen how long it takes for us to pack for a holiday, for crying out loud?

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According to Hellogiggles, Hawking's new documentary looks at evolving science and technology regarding biology, astronomy and human hibernations, as well as the possibilities of life on Mars and how we could go about colonising the planet – something he refers to as, 'Planet B'.

I mean, we think it should at least be called 'Planet M' but, you know, we'll take his word for it.

Over the years, Hawking has been increasingly vocal about our need to find a 'Planet B', once calling for humans to colonise the moon and find a way to settle Mars which he called the 'obvious next target' in 2008, according to New Scientist.

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In addition, he's pointed out how the rapid development of artificial intelligence will significantly contribute to the downfall of planet Earth and the human race.

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'I think the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race," Hawking told the BBC in a 2014 interview.

'Once humans develop artificial intelligence, it will take off on its own and redesign itself at an ever-increasing rate,' Hawking warned. 'Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn't compete and would be superseded.'

*Throws Mac and iPhone out the window…and immediately regrets it*

The countdown has started.

Farewell Earth, we apologise profusely for the mess we've made.

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