Alien contact could destroy us warns Stephen Hawking

Alien contact could destroy us all, warns Professor Stephen Hawking. We are sending out ‘greetings from Earth’ messages into deep space in the hope that intelligent life forms out there may respond. If an ultra-advanced civilization receives one of these greetings and comes and makes contact, we would be totally at their mercy – a huge risk for humankind. Any life form out there that was able to receive our messages, understand them and travel possibly thousands or millions of light years to greet us, would be literally thousands, millions or maybe billions of years more technologically advanced than we are. What would an alien contact lead to if the extraterrestrials saw us as primitive and insignificant as we view microbes on Earth? Would they feel we deserved compassion, or would they…

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