Robots could wipe out humans within a century
Astrophysicist Lord Rees predicts that there will be an uprising of robots which could lead to humanity’s downfall.
The 74-year old predicted the end for humans, stating that "within a few centuries machines will have taken over”.
He also predicted that within just a few centuries, scientists will be equipped with the technology to properly search for alien life.
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Lord Rees made the startling claims
However, Lord Rees, who has been Astronomer Royal since 1995, believes that alien life will be completely different to us.
Speaking to The Conversation, Lord Rees said: "My guess is that if we do detect an alien intelligence, it will be nothing like us. It will be some sort of electronic entity.
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"If we look at our history on Earth, it has taken about 4 billion years to get from the first protozoa to our current, technological civilisation.
"But if we look into the future, then it’s quite likely that within a few centuries, machines will have taken over – and they will then have billions of years ahead of them.
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"In other words, the period of time occupied by organic intelligence is just a thin sliver between early life and the long era of the machines.
"Because such civilisations would develop at different rates, it’s extremely unlikely that we will find intelligent life at the same stage of development as us.
“More likely, that life will still be either far simpler, or an already fully electronic intelligence."