The Last Comment Stephen Hawking Left on Reddit

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In March 15, 2018
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Cambridge Professor and world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking ​died Wedne​sday at the age of 76. 

Hawking, who was only expected to live a couple years after being diagnosed with ALS at 22, spent years as one of the most prominent minds in the scientific community. He was considered a “medical miracle” by many doctors, constantly outliving the prognoses given to him by experts.

Hawking was famed for his work on black holes and relativity. On the forefront of exploring gravity, he led the discussion on quantum theory and completely redefined what we could accomplish with physics. He wrote several popular science books during his lifetime, one of which, “A Brief History of Time,” became a best-seller.

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Back in July 2015, Hawking participated in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) interview on Reddit as part of its Science AMA series.

Hawking fielded questions from fans across the world. He answered inquiries about his perspectives on artificial intelligence, and even divulged personal information on his favorite music, movies and television shows.

The world-renowned physicist, who once said, “intelligence is the ability to adapt to change” spent time discussing how humans could adjust to a world where artificial intelligence made our lives much easier.

He also discussed the risks and benefits of A.I. and the common misconceptions surrounding it.

IGN contributor T.J. Hafer dug up the ​last thing Hawking posted to Reddit, “presented without comment.”

In what turned out to be his final post on the platform, Hawking replied to a question asking his opinion on “technological unemployment,” a situation where the development of automated processes “ultimately cause large unemployment by performing jobs faster and/or cheaper than people can perform them.”

Here’s Hawking’s answer in full:

“If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed. Everyone can enjoy a life of luxurious leisure if the machine-produced wealth is shared, or most people can end up miserably poor if the machine-owners successfully lobby against wealth redistribution. So far, the trend seems to be toward the second option, with technology driving ever-increasing inequality.”

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