HE may have grappled with some of the biggest questions about the universe but Professor Stephen Hawking has revealed that one “mystery” that still intrigues him the most is WOMEN.
By REBECCA PERRING
Stephen Hawking has said women remain the greatest mystery in life GETTY
The eminent physicist said the opposite sex is “life’s most intriguing mystery”, but admitted it is a mystery that should remain unsolved.
The scientist was responding to questions during a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session where he discussed a range of different subjects from artificial intelligence to his favourite song.
When asked what the one mystery in life he found most intriguing was, he replied: “Women. My PA reminds me that although I have a PhD in physics, women should remain a mystery.”
And his admission has been met with a somewhat unhappy response on Twitter.
This is not the first time Hawking has played with feminist fire as he made a similar comment about the mysteries of women two years ago.
The Reddit AMA with Professor Hawking attracted more than 9,000 questions and comments, making it the third most popular of the events that the websites has hosted.
Speaking about the threat of artificial intelligence, he added: “The real risk with AI isn’t malice but competence.
“A superintelligent AI will be extremely good at accomplishing its goals and if those goals aren’t aligned with ours, we’re in trouble.
“You’re probably not an evil ant-hater who steps on ants out of malice, but if you’re in charge of a hydroelectric green energy project and there’s an anthill in the region to be flooded, too bad for the ants.