Humanity successively conquered planet Earth and entered the space age with the launch of Sputnik-1 in 1957. Stephen Hawking proposed a doomsday scenario where humanity might only 100 years before leaving Earth, while Elon Musk doesn’t want to wait that long. Is this how we should confront existential threats to our presence on Earth, or is this a misleading and potentially dangerous or counterproductive direction of thought?
Is it time for planet B?
Should we consider extra-terrestrial human settlements now, and where do we see our future?
Do we fall for a fallacy by thinking that we can migrate to “planet B”?
Do we need to care about sustainability at all?
SATURDAY 21st JANUARY, 2023
Quarry Hill Campus, Leeds City College LS2 7BS, UK and Online
- Prof Chris Thomas, University of York, UK
- Dr Anders Sandberg, University of Oxford, UK
- Dr Jack Lissauer, NASA Ames Research Center, USA
- Prof Kathryn Denning, York University, Toronto, Canada
- Lord Martin Rees, Lord Rees of Ludlow OM FRS
- Dr Erika Nesvold, Astrophysics Engineer, Universe Sandbox