Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.
By: Stephen Hawking
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.
However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.
Our population and our use of the finite resources of planet Earth are growing exponentially, along with our technical ability to change the environment for good or ill.
I was never top of the class at school, but my classmates must have seen potential in me, because my nickname was Einstein.
I believe things cannot make themselves impossible.
I cant disguise myself with a wig and dark glasses - the wheelchair gives me away.
Sometimes I wonder if Im as famous for my wheelchair and disabilities as I am for my discoveries.
Obviously, because of my disability, I need assistance. But I have always tried to overcome the limitations of my condition and lead as full a life as possible. I have traveled the world, from the Antarctic to zero gravity.
Although almost every theoretical physicist agrees with my prediction that a black hole should glow like a hot body, it would be very difficult to verify experimentally because the temperature of a macroscopic black hole is so low.
Science can lift people out of poverty and cure disease. That, in turn, will reduce civil unrest.
There is a real danger that computers will develop intelligence and take over. We urgently need to develop direct connections to the brain so that computers can add to human intelligence rather than be in opposition.
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