As if we don’t have enough to worry about, acclaimed professor Stephen Hawking says that all of our efforts to search and contact aliens could ultimately end in our own destruction.
Like something out of the movie Independence Day, Hawking tells in his new series “Into the Universe” on Discovery Channel how space-traveling extraterrestrials may be more interested in our resources than our friendship. “If intelligent alien life forms do exist out in the vastness of the space, they might not be the friendly cosmic neighbours the people of Earth are looking for,” he says. “Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they could reach,” Hawking said. “If so, it makes sense for them to exploit each new planet for material to build more spaceships so they could move on. Who knows what the limits would be?”
“We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet,” Hawking said in the new documentary. “I imagine they might exist in massive ships … having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach.”
Since calling Hawkings a ‘genius’ is an understatement, such warnings that aliens may be more interested in kicking our asses than eating Reese’s Pieces should definitely be heeded. Nevertheless, any efforts to curtail our search for intelligent life may be damned by the millions of signals already leaked into space from our satellites, radar, radios, and televisions. Hell, we even sent a recording of The Beatles “Across the Universe” in 2008 towards the star Polaris. What’s to say that they won’t demand the entire “Let It Be” album — and all of our fresh water — as a result?