One of the most brilliant minds to have graced the planet, Stephen Hawking, throughout his life, was curiously sceptical of artificial intelligence (AI), the flavour of the moment in technology. Stephen Hawking never doubted AI\u2019s prowess; in fact, to the contrary, he believed it would surpass human intelligence and, thus, machines could one day seize control from humans. In his last book, Brief Answers to Big Questions, the scientist predicts that machine-learning will lead to a super-intelligent AI and \u201ca super-intelligent AI will be extremely good at accomplishing its goals, and if those goals aren\u2019t aligned with ours we\u2019re in trouble\u201d. Comparing the human race to an anthill in a region that will soon get flooded, the late physicist also predicted that the Earth will be destroyed, either due to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and the ensuing warfare or a human-made environmental disaster. However, there will be certain humans who will manage to evade these catastrophes. Such humans, he claims, would have benefitted from superior genetic engineering technologies that would have allowed them to improve their memories, life expectancy and disease resistance. The Darwinian evolution theory already faces a fair share of criticism, and Hawking seemingly hammers another nail into its coffin by stating that, \u201cThere is no time to wait for Darwinian evolution to make us more intelligent and better natured\u201d. The creation of these \u201csuperhumans\u201d would create significant struggles for existence and resources as there would be a monumental tussle over gene-editing technologies, and a portion of the human race would certainly get left behind. This new, ever-improving section of the human race would then colonise other planets, in case Earth does not last till then, paving the way for a self-sustaining group of \u2018hyper-humans\u2019. Hawking does not touch upon Earth\u2019s other species, though, and if his \u2018only the strong shall survive\u2019 insight into our future seems highly contestable, what cannot be argued is that, with leaders like Donald Trump of the US and Scott Morrison of Australia, the human species might not even make it far enough to validate Hawking\u2019s prediction\u2014a new IPCC report has warned that mankind\u2019s day of reckoning from climate change could be here sooner than expected and would be a lot worse than previously imagined.