World renowned physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has once again spoken out about alien life in the cosmos. “I am more convinced than ever that we are not alone.” However, the scientist warns humanity must STOP trying to contact aliens for our own good.
According to Professor Stephen Hawking, we need to STOP trying to contact alien civilizations that are most likely somewhere out there. According to Hawking, the fact that we are reaching out to our ‘cosmic neighbors’ could put humanity in a very dangerous situation. However, the REALLY bad news is that we’ve already been signaling our location in the universe for YEARS.
In yet another online film called Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places— presented by Stephen Hawking, the world-famous scientist explores the universe in a CGI spacecraft dubbed the SS Hawking. In his latest video the physicist says: “As I grow older I am more convinced than ever that we are not alone. After a lifetime of wondering, I am helping to lead a new global effort to find out.”
“The Breakthrough Listen project will scan the nearest million stars for signs of life, but I know just the place to start looking. One day we might receive a signal from a planet like Gliese 832c, but we should be wary of answering back.”
Stephen Hawking is part of the Breakthrough Listen project which is one of the greatest efforts –in the last couple of decades— to find alien life elsewhere in the cosmos. The groundbreaking project is funded by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner who recently injected the project with $100 million.
All of this, however, has one ultimate goal: finding evidence of other life forms in the universe.
“If so, they will be vastly more powerful and may not see us as any more valuable than we see bacteria,” he says in the film.
To put it into perspective, Stephen Hawking compared finding aliens to Native Americans encountering Columbus.
“One day we might receive a signal from an alien planet, but we should be wary of answering back. Meeting an advanced civilization could be like Native Americans encountering Columbus. That didn’t turn out so well.”
According to Stephen Hawking, if an alien civilization exists out there, and that civilization is capable of picking up one of the many signals we are sending into outer space, they most likely are able to find out where the signals are coming from. However, this alien civilization may be BILLIONS of years more advanced than we are, which means that we can become an easy target to overthrow or invade.
However, if aliens don’t get us, Artificial Intelligence might.
According to a statement made by Professor Hawking during a lecture at the University of Cambridge, ‘Artificial Intelligence might prove to be “either the best or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity”.
“[Artificial intelligence] would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate,” he told Rory Cellan-Jones at the BBC. “Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”
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