Scientists blast out Earth’s location with the hope of reaching aliens

"On October 4, 2022, a team ... will beam a message toward the star TRAPPIST-1. This star has seven planets, three of which are Earth-like worlds in the so-called “Goldilocks zone”—meaning they could be home to liquid and potentially life, too.... It could take as few as 78 years for intelligent life to receive the message and Earth to get the reply."

@orbital Terrifying everyone who has read the "Three Body Problem" series.

@mttaggart I haven't read those books but it appears the journalist who wrote the article has!

"For now, intelligent aliens remain in the realm of science fiction. Books like The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu offer somber and thought-provoking perspectives on what the success of METI efforts might look like. It doesn’t end well for humanity in the books. If humans ever do make contact in real life, I hope the aliens come in peace."

@orbital @mttaggart
I think it is really a bad idea to "invite" aliens we don't understand.
Even if we don't look for trouble, trouble is always trying to find us.

@rudolf @mttaggart Stephen Hawking would've agreed with you. I'm inclined to agree too.

"Before he died, iconic physicist Stephen Hawking was outspoken about the danger of contacting aliens with superior technology. He argued that they could be malign and if given Earth’s location, might destroy humanity."

@orbital @rudolf Yep! We're rolling the dice on an advanced civilization that could respond (or visit) being benevolent. Or even regarding us as a species to have a moral stance about. Or having morals. Or—

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