An Oxford scientist warns of unintended consequences of a plan to transmit Earth’s position in space.
While there are certainly arguments in favor of attempting contact with any intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations that might exist, it could also be argued that bringing such attention to ourselves may not be the wisest decision. wise in the long term.
Recently, a team of NASA scientists offered to send a new, updated version of the famous Arecibo message containing detailed information about the Earth, our understanding of physics and mathematics, the biochemical composition of life, and even a invitation to send a reply.
According to Anders Sandberg, senior researcher at the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) in Oxford, such an initiative would not be without risk, however.
Even though the probability of the message being picked up by extraterrestrials is extremely low, the consequences could be extreme if the recipient turns out to be hostile.
In general, he claims that too many people don’t take the issue of extraterrestrial contact seriously, despite how important it might be in the grand scheme of things.
Sandberg is certainly not alone in this view – the late Professor Stephen Hawking also warned of the dangers we could face if we come to the attention of a hostile alien race.
The real danger, perhaps, would be to assume that intelligent extraterrestrials would be friendly.
Going by our own civilization here on Earth, it is obvious that there can be hostile or peaceful extraterrestrials and we have no idea which ones will find us first.