It's Too Late to Worry That the Aliens Will Find Us

#Future

Thu, Jul 8th, 2010 20:53 by capnasty NEWS

Stephen Hawking is worried about aliens. The physicist recently suggested that we should be wary of contact with extraterrestrials, citing what happened to Native Americans when Europeans landed on their shores. If transmitting extraterrestrials are out there, we might soon find them. That would be revolutionary. But some people, Hawking included, sense a catastrophe. Consider what happens if we succeed. Should we respond?

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