Stephen Hawking, famous British physicist, warned against declaring our existence to any alien civilizations, particularly to those more technologically advanced than us.
In a new online documentary, Hawking said that the first contact from an advanced civilization could be similar to when Native Americans first came across Christopher Columbus. He continued by saying things “didn’t turn out so well” with that encounter.
Hawking added that the human race should be wary of seeking out contact with alien civilizations.
According to Live Science, Hawking earlier stated that intelligent aliens might be voracious raiders walking around the cosmos, looking for resources to loot. They might also be looking for planets to raid and colonize.
The famous British physicist stated these concerns in a new documentary streaming on the CuriosityStream video service. The film is entitled “Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places.”
In the film, the physicist went through a hypothetical flyby of Gliese 832c, a potentially livable exoplanet situated 16 light years away.
“One day we might receive a signal from a planet like Gliese 832c, but we should be wary of answering back. They will be vastly more powerful and may not see us as any more valuable than we see bacteria,” Hawking warned.
“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,” he said.
However, a few other physicists believe that Hawking’s warning is not much of value. According to them, extra-terrestrial civilization advanced enough to invade Earth would already be aware of our existence due to radio and TV signals we send out to space.
The famous British physicist has been suffering from the degenerative nerve condition known as ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The ALS Association stated that people suffering from ALS live three or more years. The association mentioned that only ten percent stay alive for more than 10 years.