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Attacks from Extraterrestrial Civilizations are Unlikely

25 Apr 2013, 11:51 UTC
Attacks from Extraterrestrial Civilizations are Unlikely
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People have expressed concern regarding the broadcast of powerful electromagnetic signals into space and deliberate attempts to contact extraterrestrial intelligences. The reason for such concern is that extraterrestrial intelligences could be hostile to humanity as they might see Earth as an attractive exploitable resource or the growth of human technology might be perceived as a threat to their future safety. British theoretical physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking states: “We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. 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… If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”In recent years, the technologies used to detect new planets and humanity’s ability to find alien life has improved dramatically. As the possibility of finding extraterrestrial life catches up with science fiction, the question of whether extraterrestrial intelligences are likely to be “friend or foe” seems increasingly pertinent. ...

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