ABC NEWS DOCUMENTARY: LAST DAYS ON EARTH
ABC NEWS, 20/20 TELEVISION SERIES DOCUMENTARY: LAST DAYS ON EARTH
20/20 TV Series Segment Info:
How smart is our civilization? Will super-intelligent machines one day make their own decisions and destroy us? Are we smart enough to control our destiny and avoid the cataclysms that may end life as we know it? For thousands of years, different religions have warned Earth about Armageddon and the final days. We are now living in an age where scientists are adding their voices and their evidence in support of the end-of-the-world possibilities. "Last Days on Earth" is a program that could change the way you see your world and yourself. Our planet's top scientists, including Stephen Hawking, considered the world's foremost living theoretical physicist, describe seven riveting scenarios detailing the deadliest threats to humanity. Some can destroy the planet, others have the ability to render us extinct, and all have the power to destroy civilization. How likely are they to occur, and what exactly would happen if they did? "Last Days on Earth" goes beyond science fiction to science fact. Using state-of-the-art visual effects, it will take viewers on a journey that is both breathtaking and terrifying, from the outer reaches of space to the inner world of DNA. "Of all the generations of humans... the generation now alive is the most important," said Michio Kaku, professor of physics at City University of New York. "The generation now alive, the generation that you see, looking around you, for the first time in history, is the generation that controls the destiny of the planet itself."