Stephen Hawking is one of the most brilliant minds of the last century. He is passionate for astrophysics or even black holes, but sometimes he discusses the possible existence of an extraterrestrial civilization. He addressed the issue again and he clearly did not mince words.
As usual, the famous physicist has taken this opportunity to take stock of the initiatives which he participates and he notably spoke of the Breakthrough Starshot Project. Worn by Russian tycoon Yuri Milner, this ambitious project aims simply to detect extraterrestrial life. Milner intends to invest $ 100 million into the fund over a decade.
Breakthrough Project has attracted many renowned scientists like Martin Reed, Pete Worden, Frank Drake, Ann Druyan or Stephen Hawking. At present, astronomers supporting the initiative have chosen to focus on a potentially habitable exoplanet, Gliese 832 C. It is located about 16 light years from our own planet, in the constellation Grus, and it lies in the habitable zone of its star, a red dwarf.
It was discovered in 2014 by an international team of astronomers and it would be a habitable planets closest to our own. This is precisely what drove Milner and his associates to be interested in it. Stephen Hawking spoke at length on this planet during his intervention and he stated that if intelligent life evolved on this planet, then we should be able to hear with our instruments.
It's interesting, but it's not over, as the brilliant physicist was then chained to a hypothetical meeting between our species and an extraterrestrial civilization. According to him, there is no doubt one day humanity will receive a signal from a planet similar to us. When that happens, then we will have any interest in responding. At least from his point of view.
He thinks indeed an encounter with an advanced civilization would be similar to that of Native Americans with Christopher Columbus. So of course everyone does not necessarily share his views. Seti Institute thinks that a species capable of traveling across the universe will inevitably be quiet and peaceful.
The famous physicist Stephen Hawking was speaking in a documentary about the time when humanity will meet with an alien civilization. We come in peace. This message, widely circulated in science fiction movies, might not be the right formula to be used if we one day get in touch with aliens. What is the answer if an intelligent civilization from a different star than Earth was trying to communicate with humanity?
This is the question that the famous British physicist Stephen Hawking attempts to answer. According to him, we must be very cautious about the choice of outgoing messages. With age, I am convinced, more than ever, we are not alone. One day, we may receive a signal from a planet like Gliese 832 C, an exoplanet. Hawking first compares this approach to meet the explorer Christopher Columbus with the Indians, recalling that things were not well turned.
According to him, the humans must remain humble. With age, I am convinced, more than ever, we are not alone. After a life dedicated to the research, I'm now helping to launch a new global initiative to know the truth, he said.