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Intelligent life is more likely to be like the Borg than Vulcans, according to Stephen Hawking. Hawking says humans should try to avoid contact with intelligent aliens.  (Source: National Geographic)
Don't count on friendly aliens, like ET, says Hawking; they're likely looking to conquer, colonize, and exploit

Stephen Hawking, 68, has long suffered from a motor neurone disease that has extremely limited his powers of communication and movement, but that has never stopped him from  making important contributions to scientific theory.  Hawking just finished up a three-year project, a TV series called Stephen Hawking's Universe, which will air on Sunday May 9 at 9 p.m. on the Discovery Channel.

In the show he will offer up some controversial assessments on extraterrestrial life and what it might be like.  

Hawking is a firm believer that alien life does exist.  The universe contains hundreds of billions of galaxies, each with hundreds of millions of stars, many which have been shown to have planets in orbit.  Numbers virtually guarantee that life has evolved elsewhere, Hawking believes.  He states, "To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational.  The real challenge is to work out what aliens might actually be like."

So what might these extraterrestrial species be like?  Hawking believes that most are likely "simple" species, similar to those that have evolved on Earth; ranging from microbes to land animals.

However, Hawking believes there is likely intelligent life out there.  And he's frightened by that possibility.

The aliens in Hawking's vision would be much like the malefic beasties in the blockbuster science-fiction flick 
Independence Day.  He describes, "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."

He says that humans should try to avoid alien contact as we colonize space.  He states that such contact would be "a little too risky".  What would result?  He states, "If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans."

In addition to his theories about vicious aliens, Hawking suggests that based on examples of life surviving on Earth in extreme environments, life could be found in unbelievable places, such as in the center of stars or even floating in interplanetary space.

Hawking's colleagues concur on this point.  Lord Martin Rees, a British royal astrophysicist, told his students in lecture earlier this year that humans might not be able to recognize or understand forms of life they stumble across in space.  He states, "I suspect there could be life and intelligence out there in forms we can’t conceive.  Just as a chimpanzee can’t understand quantum theory, it could be there are aspects of reality that are beyond the capacity of our brains."

How close could primitive life be?  Professor Brian Cox, University of Manchester's "rockstar physicist" suggests we look in our own solar backyard.  He says that Mars, Europa (a moon of Jupiter), and Titan (a moon of Saturn) are likely places to find it.

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We will not...
By Amiga500 on 4/26/2010 9:54:47 AM , Rating: 5
Go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!

As long as will smith is around, no worries of alien invasions ;-)

RE: We will not...
By Brandon Hill on 4/26/2010 10:04:15 AM , Rating: 5
"Y'know, this was supposed to be my weekend off, but noooo. You got me out here draggin' your heavy ass through the burnin' desert with your dreadlocks stickin' out the back of my parachute. You gotta come down here with an attitude, actin' all big and bad... and what the hell is that smell!!??"


RE: We will not...
By Anoxanmore on 4/26/2010 10:48:58 AM , Rating: 5
"I coulda been at a barbeque."

"But I ain't mad."


RE: We will not...
By Motoman on 4/26/2010 11:36:51 AM , Rating: 5
You did NOT shoot that green sh1t at me!?

RE: We will not...
By Chernobyl68 on 4/26/2010 3:57:37 PM , Rating: 2
Who's the man? Huh? Who's the man? Wait till I get another plane! I'm a line ya friends up right beside you! Where ya at, huh? Where ya at?

RE: We will not...
By SublimeSimplicity on 4/26/2010 10:33:39 AM , Rating: 1
This is the only reason to keep Steve Jobs around by feeding the Apple machine... apparently only a Mac will be up to the challenge of uploading the computer virus needed to save humanity.

He's smug, arrogant, and refuses to wear anything but turtlenecks, but one day we'll be thankful that Apple didn't go belly up.

RE: We will not...
By gamerk2 on 4/26/2010 10:49:17 AM , Rating: 3
Then when the Mac tries to interface, it will break horrifically due to lack of third party device drivers.

Woops...forgot Macs aren't good for interfacing with non-Mac devices, or the fact the OS is full of holes...

RE: We will not...
By icanhascpu on 4/26/2010 2:57:56 PM , Rating: 3
See that, people? The mac could save all humanity and people would still find a reason to b1tch about it :P

RE: We will not...
By themaster08 on 4/26/2010 6:15:15 PM , Rating: 5
See that, people? This article has nothing to do with the Mac and people still manage to find a way to bitch about it :P

RE: We will not...
By MadMan007 on 4/26/2010 2:29:10 PM , Rating: 1
But aliens will use Flash and only be vulnerable to Flash exploits. By the time we encounter aliens Flash will have been banished from all of Macland, or hipster space explorers will only use iStuff with no Flash, therefore Apple devices will be of no use. Besides which, not only do Apple devices not get viruses, they are immune to even being carriers of viruses.

RE: We will not...
By General Disturbance on 4/26/2010 5:06:32 PM , Rating: 1
We already have been invaded and enslaved.


RE: We will not...
By Sazar on 4/26/2010 6:54:40 PM , Rating: 2
Begging your pardon my good sir, but I do declare that it was Jeff Goldblum and his fantastic "give it a cold" theory that brought down the evil aliens. AND he detected it first.

As long as good ol Jeff's around, we don't have to worry about aliens or dinosaurs. Bugs on the other hand, different story.

And, Will Smith was basically driving miss Daisy to do the deed in Independence day ;)

RE: We will not...
By Gul Westfale on 4/26/2010 7:59:11 PM , Rating: 2
xenu will save us!

RE: We will not...
By tmouse on 4/27/2010 7:56:53 AM , Rating: 2
But who will save us from Jeff Goldblum ?

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton
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