In the future outlined by Star Trek, humanity literally makes it a mission to "seek out" alien life. It seems every week the heroes of Star Trek in the 22nd, 23rd and 24th centuries met new aliens. However in a new Discovery channel show premiering tonight, noted physicist Stephen Hawking (himself a Star Trek guest star), says all this seeking out alien life is a mistake.
Hawking – fear the aliens
Tonight the Discovery Channel premieres a new show, Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking. The premiere episode is all about "Aliens", and according to Hawking, we should fear them. Hawking postulates:
We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach.
Watch a clip of Hawking’s vision of the alien invasion of Earth.
Future episodes will deal with more Trek related issues, such as time-travel. Here is a promo for the show.
The show premieres at 9PM on Sunday night (4/24). More info and clips at discovery.com/tv/stephen-hawking/
Hawking on Star Trek
Stephen Hawking may be worried about aliens, but he is still a fan of Star Trek. He even appeared in the TNG episode "Descent, Part 1". Here is the clip.
VOTE: Aliens – friends or foes?
For years humans have been trying to make contact with aliens. The SETI program is searching the skies. We have sent out signals for decades. And the Voyager spacecraft even carried special messages to possible alien travelers (and Star Trek The Motion Picture showed us how that can come back to bite us).
So is Hawking right? Should humanity be worried about contacting aliens.