An astrophysicist claimed that the search for alien life could have a devastating impact on our lives. Researchers had already cautioned about the extensive search for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. The latest warning came from Lucianne Walkowicz, an astrophysicist at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.
Alien News: Astrophysicist’s Warning
Walkowicz said that while continuing search for extraterrestrial life, researchers must be careful what they wish for. In fact, she stated that the attempt of making contact with aliens could do colossal damage to the human race. She stressed that active messaging to get hold of the attention of an intelligent civilization might not be safe.
“There’s a possibility that if we actively message, with the intention of getting the attention of , that the civilization we contact would not necessarily have our best interests in mind,” she said. “On the other hand, there might be great benefits.” She said that the search could put an end to earthly life or it could act as a catalyst that would enhance our quality of life.
She said that there is no way of knowing what would happen. In fact, a similar warning was also given by Stephen Hawking. Hawking recently stated that researchers were creating a risky environment by contacting them, said Daily Mail.
The renowned physicist considered that on discovering Earth, aliens might probably win over the planet and colonize. He said extraterrestrial visit would be something like Columbus visiting America. He stressed that Columbus’ visit was extremely bad for the Native Americans.
Breakthrough Initiatives is a philanthropic organization that works on interstellar outreach, NBC News reported. The organization is financially supported by billionaire Russian tech mogul Yuri Milner. The organization’s Breakthrough Message program would fetch ways to put forward a message and send it to the aliens. “We’re well aware of the argument, ‘Do you send things or not?’ There’s pretty vigorous opinion on both sides of our advisory panel,” said Peter Worden, the organization’s director.
Alien News: Opposing Opinions
In contrast, there are scientists who believed that communicating with aliens would not hamper life on Earth. Jill Tarter, co-founder and former director of the Seti Institute, is of a different opinion. She stated that any intelligent civilization, which would come across the universe, would be quite knowledgeable to be peaceful and friendly.
“The idea of a civilization which has managed to survive far longer than we have…and the fact that that technology remains an aggressive one, to me, doesn’t make sense,” Tarter said. It was in 1980, when the fundamental protocols for first contact were laid out. However, there was no action plan for handling alien contact as these were simple guidelines.
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