This is turning out to be a cheery welcome-back-from-the-holiday-weekend blog.
Not only are the rich getting richer, according to Oxfam, but physicist and cosmologist Hawking is warning again of the dangers of human progress and the chance of disaster on Earth.
The chance of Earthly disaster will rise to a near certainty in the next one thousand to ten thousand years, he says, but it will take more than a century to set up colonies in space where humans can live on among the stars.
“We will not establish self-sustaining colonies in space for at least the next hundred years, so we have to be very careful in this period,” Hawking says.
Hawking says most of the threats humans face come from advances in science and technology, such as nuclear weapons and genetically engineered viruses.
But, he says: "We are not going to stop making progress, or reverse it, so we have to recognize the dangers and control them. I’m an optimist, and I believe we can."