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Speaking at the launch, Prof Hawking said: "Somewhere in the cosmos, perhaps, intelligent life may be watching these lights of ours, aware of what they mean.
"Or do our lights wander a lifeless cosmos - unseen beacons, announcing that here, on one rock, the Universe discovered its existence. Either way, there is no bigger question. It's time to commit to finding the answer - to search for life beyond Earth.
"We are alive. We are intelligent. We must know."
Russian high-tech billionaire Yuri Milner teamed up with the world’s most famous scientist, British physicist Stephen Hawking, to announce a new $100 million effort to detect signals from alien civilizations.
The Breakthrough Listen initiative was unveiled Monday during a webcast from the Royal Society in London.
“It’s time to commit to finding answers to the search for life beyond Earth,” Hawking said.
originally posted by: TruMcCarthy
Didn't Hawking warn us that aliens were hostile and we should steer clear? Now he is promoting this effort, what has changed?
In a series for the Discovery Channel the renowned astrophysicist said it was "perfectly rational" to assume intelligent life exists elsewhere. But he warned that aliens might simply raid Earth for resources, then move on. "If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans," he said. Prof Hawking thinks that, rather than actively trying to communicate with extra-terrestrials, humans should do everything possible to avoid contact. He explained: "We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet."
i'm close to putting hawkings into the class of which way the money blows. he doesn't know if he's coming or going. he has said this on more than one occasion.
Hawking: Aliens may pose risks to Earth Astrophysicist says extraterrestrials likely exist, but could be dangerous
he also said we should avoid them at all cost.
Prof Hawking thinks that, rather than actively trying to communicate with extra-terrestrials, humans should do everything possible to avoid contact.
i don't think that we can find them unless their technology level is about the same or lower than ours, maybe then we can sneak a peak without them knowing.
we have been listening and looking how long now, still no concrete proof.
if we build more agressive means to do so or send out probes which we already have done, don't you think a more advanced race could not track it back.