A group of scientists have ignored Stephen Hawking’s warning with plans to reveal Earth’s location to any possible alien lifeforms.
The Beacon in the Galaxy (BITG) project seems to be alarming in more than one way.
Not only does it contain an unsolicited depiction of a naked man and woman (see below) but it also contains information about our solar system, DNA and the Arecibo Radio Telescope which transmitted a message in 1974 to try and find extraterrestrial life.
By including such important information, the authors of the potential FAST and SETI projects are appearing to dismiss any concerns of theoretical physicist and Director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge, Stephen Hawking.
Hawking has previously warned about reaching out to alien life:
“If you look at history, contact between humans and less intelligent organisms have often been disastrous from their point of view, and encounters between civilisations with advanced versus primitive technologies have gone badly for the less advanced.”
Any and all attempts at contacting alien life over the last 150 years have proven unsuccessful.