Renowned physicist, Stephen Hawking on Sunday warned the human race to be a way to any alien contact from the outer space. Comparing aliens to Christopher Colombus to human beings as the Native Americans, Hawking in a new online film said that the discovery did not go too well for the Americans. The film takes the viewers across five of the most significant locations across the universe on Hawking’s spacecraft-the SS Hawking. The movie sees Hawking flying his viewers to a hypothetical flyby of a habitable exoplanet, the Gliese 832c, which is located 16 light years away.
Hawking says that some day the human race might receive a signal from a planet like the Gliese 832c but should be extremely cautious about answering back. Talking about the chances of how the interaction between the species might go, he said that the inhabitants of a planet light years away, capable of receiving or sending signals to earth might be billions of years older and more developed than us and we might be no better than bacteria to them.
Talking about a chance of existing extraterrestrial life in the cosmos, Hawking said that as he grew older he became more convinced that humans are not alone in the universe. Talking to The Guardian he said after wondering for his entire lifetime he was helping to lead a new global effort to find out about aliens. Although, his warning about being wary of extraterrestrial contact isn’t the first. Launching the Breakthrough Listen project last year that was to scan the nearest million stars for signs of life, Hawking had said that any civilisation capable of reading our messages would be billions of years ahead of us.