Everyone is mourning the loss of Stephen Hawking, the British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. The celebrated professor died at the age of 76. He has made immense contributions to the field of science and technology and along with that he also maintained a sense of humour which everyone loved. While he studied on a lot of topics, as a cosmologist he also spoke about the existence of aliens. A topic which has fueled the interest of many. When we look at the vastness of the entire universe, there seems a possibility of alien existence in some corner. Let us look at Stephen Hawking and his theories about the aliens.
Aliens will come and get us he propagated in 2010. He had said that if there is a chance about alien existence but also said that they would have intentions of conquering. While talking about it on the show Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking on Discovery channel he had said, "Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they could reach. If so, it makes sense for them to exploit each new planet for material to build more spaceships so they could move on. Who knows what the limits would be?"
In answering the quest for aliens, Hawking even had a mission in 2015 to probe them. He along with Russian billionaire Yuri Milner developed the Breakthrough Listen project, to discover whether we’re alone in the universe. They even recorded 15 mysterious radio signals from the dwarf galaxy which is three billion lightyears away. Although coming from specifically ‘aliens’ was unlikely, it proved that their equipment was effective. During this launch, Hawking had said, “was time to commit to finding the answer to life beyond Earth. Somewhere in the universe intelligent life may be watching the lights of ours aware of what they mean.”
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In December 2017, Stephen Hawking again warned that people should just stay away from alien contact and their destructive properties. He said they could kill aliens and take over the planet. Similar to his first proposition in 2010, even last year he expressed the same concern. He compared meeting the advanced civilization could be like Americans encountering Columbus. Alien musings have been addressed in several of Hawking’s documentations- be it films or documentary shows. Stephen Hawking Warned Artificial Intelligence Could End Human Race
The learned professor is no more today but his research in the life beyond earth was sure intriguing. The extensive research in the field continues and the question still remains. While Hawking maintaining his stance about their destructiveness till the end just makes it more complicated.