Oxford Concern: It’s not a good idea to send a message to aliens

One of the staff at the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) interdisciplinary research center at Oxford University says it’s not a good idea to send a message to extraterrestrials. IFLScienceby a 24.hu inspected.

Jonathan Jiang, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and colleagues, announced in early April that the Beacon in the Galaxy (BITG) project would emit coded radio signals that could be captured by potential alien civilizations. The message would include digitized images of people, among others, and would broadcast an invitation to potential aliens.

FIT expert Anders Sandberg says BITG isn’t exactly a good idea. As the researcher pointed out, “we know from earthly history that when an advanced civilization encounters a simpler society, it rarely ends well for the latter”. Sandberg says it’s all a bit of a simplistic attitude, but we may have cause for concern.

The BITG team hopes that whoever gets their message across will not be hostile. Based on their argument, logic suggests that if a species is capable of cosmic communication, it is characterized by a high level of cooperation, and for this reason it is also aware of the importance of peace and togetherness.

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