While many people it is not a question whether Aliens exists in the universe, there are others who believe we might not find our cosmic neighbours at all. According to theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, humanity will not find intelligent alien species anytime soon.
This Week, Professor Hawking, Russian Billionaire Yuri Milner and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg presented the most ambitious Alien-hunting mission in the history of Mankind. Called ‘Breakthrough Starshot’, the project costs over 100 million US dollars which will be wisely spent to create the sophisticated nano-spacecraft.
In the conference, a group of researchers together with Professor Hawking and Yuri Milner detailed a project that aims to send a fleet of tiny spaceships into space to the neighboring star system Alpha Centauri in search for extraterrestrial lifeforms.
However, in addition to the incredible project that will change space exploration forever, the audience wanted to know more bout Aliens, and specifically, when scientists might discover them.
Professor Hawking took some questions from reports in advance so that he would have time to prepare the answers.
One of the most interesting comments made by Professor Hawking was about Alien life. Hawking said that it was very unlikely that scientists will find intelligent alien lifeforms in the next twenty years. “The probability is low, probably,” he said.
However, he continued talking about alien life.
“The discoveries of the [NASA] Kepler mission suggest that there are billions of habitable planets in our galaxy alone,” Hawking said. “There are at least a hundred billion galaxies in the visible universe, so it seems likely that there are others out there.”
In the past, Professor Hawking discussed alien life and how he believes an intelligent alien species might threaten our civilization. During the Breakthrough Starshot conference, Hawking was once again asked what humanity should do if we all of a sudden discover intelligent alien life, professor Hawking’s answer was, “We should hope that they do not find us.”
Others seem to share the views of Professor Hawking. Jill Tarter, astronomer, and co-founder of the SETI Institute said that if aliens visit our planet, they could take control of everything thanks to their clearly superior technology. However, Tarter added that aliens capable of finding Earth may be co-operative…
“If they showed up on our doorstep, that means they have technologies that are considerably advanced with respect to ours.” “And because of that, they are going to be the ones that set the rules,” Tarter said in an article published by TechCrunch.
This neutral-benevolent attitude of extraterrestrial visitors has already been proposed by scientists in different countries based on thorough analysis of extensive historical and modern documents.
Along the same lines, Dr. Nathalie Cabrol, a colleague of Tarter, said in September last year that an alien civilization might be trying to contact us, but humans could be “too primitive to see those signs.”
Moreover, as the great Carl Sagan once said… “The universe is a pretty big place. If it is just us, seems like an awful waste of space.” ― Carl Sagan in Contact