April 26th, 2010
11:15 PM ET

Aliens probably no friends of yours, Hawking says

Think you'd like to see aliens make contact with Earth?  Stephen Hawking might get you to think again.

Aliens, the way he sees it, might be traveling the cosmos right now - not for exploration's sake but because they've run out of resources at home.

And if they're flying around looking for resources, guess what their intentions would be if they see Earth?

The British physicist advances his thoughts on aliens in his new Discovery Channel series, "Into the Universe With Stephen Hawking," which began airing Sunday.

In a video clip on Discovery Channel's website, Hawking imagines that aliens might have the technology to harness energy from whatever star they're near. The process, he proposes, could open a wormhole that could let them travel large distances - perhaps to here.

The clip shows spacecraft leaving a wormhole and approaching Earth as ominous music plays.

"Like us, they would probably have evolved from a species used to exploiting whatever it can," a narrator says.

Hawking's warning contrasts with the excitement some are showing about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Just last week, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) said it was releasing its data to astronomers and researchers all over the world, hoping more people would join the search.

Hawking's series on the Discovery Channel continues this coming Sunday at 9 p.m.  ET.

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  1. to 225

    He never said they were "demonic beings" he's a scientist not a loon.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lee in Ohio

    Voyage date 23089.6: Detection of planet reported as Earth (URTH )

    Explorer Ship 3 (ES-3) reports that they had to drop out of FTL (faster than light) and have detected primitive sound wave osculation’s from a near by Yellow Star cluster K-32108. Information obtained from large amounts of data deciphered merited ES-3 to investigate.

    Voyage date 23089.8: Orbit stabilized around planet Urth

    Orbit obtained and launched Research Finder 8 to investigate.

    Voyage date 23090.9: Research Finder 8 returns with startling gathered information.

    RF-8 has reported back of horrific violence on this planet. RF-8 continued to explain with great shock and apprehension of what they had seen. RF-8’s crew used Urth words (as translated) assault, bloodshed, brutality, clashes, cruelty, destructiveness, disorder, duress, fighting, fury, murder, onslaught, savagery, struggle, terrorism and war.
    They observed creatures killing and eating one another for survival, sustenance, for no certain reason and seems even for enjoyment.

    As Doyen of Explorer Ship 3 it my recommendation that this planet known as Urth should be avoided at all costs. Future contact and or observations is not advisable and a wide berth should be given when traveling through this quadrant of space.

    Hence forward, this planet of Urth will be given a new name known to our people as:

    ‘THE HORROR PLANET’

    April 27, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. funstuf

    They are already visiting us, 3 types
    1) Grey humanoids
    2) Large almond eyed baldies shaped like upside down teardrops.
    3) Insect type (look like grasshoppers)
    Have been monitoring us for a long time, not friendly or unfriendly just observing and monitoring us like zoo specimens.
    Fear not humans we are not that important in this universe nor is our little blue ball.
    Contact will be made when humans are ready – not for a long time I believe.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    Its likely any alien life which visits Earth would be just as unique as humans are, so anythings possible regarding first contact. I just hope its in my life time!!!!!

    April 27, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. John Lerrato

    Hey people. Before we fry out Mr Hawking's ideas. Read this excerpt. Imagine that you're some alien and that you came across man and discovered that they are also intelligent beings. What would you do? What's the best way to keep track of man and ensure that he doesn't put your very own civilization at risk?

    I would say, inhabit earth or send your very own intelligent creatures and have them continuously collect and send data from earth to their mother planet without man ever knowing it. So maybe, they have been quietly watching us—as we go about the folly of destroying our planet—all along and are happy about it. Like the proverbial “ill bird” that fouls its own nest, we might be playing right into their hands.

    And so it could be that, so long as man remains within his current boundaries, everything remains cool. The day man will get over his follies and maybe love, righteousness and living in harmony with nature, become the new trends; that could be the day the aliens show us their might. Maybe it will happen the day there is proof that aliens exist, who knows!

    We need to think outside the box.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. JGM

    I think Dr. Hawking does not mean our kind of resources. Hawking idea is that they are missing something essential to them and Earth has it. we need water to live on earth, and until now it is not a deadly problem. We are having problems with energy sources but still no deadly problem. Probably these other form of life need something like Copper or Zinc or could be anything that form naturally at Earth, and very essential to their life. Plus we have no idea how they look, if they exist. We have no idea what are their source of survival. Nature is weird and if any form of life exists outside the Earth, we have no idea what is the form of existence. so we have to think a bit more outside the image of the modern human being. Also, even in human history some nations attacked others for resources they had, and the attacked nation have no idea how to use it or develop it.

    April 27, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. TheNative

    Amazing all the comments here, but this is exactly what is expected from these type of people, namely europeans...the are innate evil people and as such, they can only think of conquering and destroying...remember the nazis hordes of subhumans mass murdering people they thought were inferior...typical thinking...as a native I do not believe all humans are vicious like they are...Hawkings is very typical in his thinking of his people...savages...

    April 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. anonymous

    Maybe aliens attacking is what the Mayans predicted with 2012!

    April 27, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Caretaker1

    I have the most highly respect possible for Mr. Hawking, and if he says that aliens are bad, so it is. Mr. Hawking is far more clever than ordinary people as we all are, whether we like it or not So beware of aliens that do not certainly have our moral values or scruples.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Teresa Marasco

    Absolutely disagree with messages that propogate fear. This one much like the mainstream media have been delivering this message of fear about aliens. This is absolute ignorance. It's only one view, how about showing us the benevolence of races that have evolved beyond where we are today, ones that respect and allow and revere uniqueness in all creation. How about delivering messages that all could live in harmony and peace and learn from each other.

    Are we so naive to believe that if aliens had motives of invading with their superior technology and intelligence they would have not done so already!

    What are they waiting for!

    It's humanity that needs to wake up and needs to evolve to the point where we stop destroying each other and our planet, respect and honor all life and creation before we will be ready to be part of a galactic/universal community.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TJ

    Some of the comment here are patently ridiculous in that they are comparing our primitive minds with that of civilizations that are (probably by far) much more advanced than our own. To equate ourselves with beings from other parts of the universe would be like comparing microbes to giraffs. It's absolutely absurd to assume that just because we behave a certain way that other species behave similarly. Just goes to show how small a mind Mr. Hawking must have despite his "credentials" on the subject which is another absurd thing to say considering that his views are pure speculation just as much as anyone else's.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. John Lerrato

    Hey! Maybe the comments made here is one such instance when the Alien attention goes a notch higher! Their security alert level could have shifted to orange! “Lock your doors very tight tonight!” Maybe due to these comments, the Alien secretary of state has sounded an alarm. "They are getting clever! Track them now!" Maybe CNN will be shut down! This kind of talk could surely be one way of rattling them.

    But we might be peeking at skies, yet the very cat that we own could be one of them. Playing cutie and collecting precious data and transmitting. Maybe it’s even your lawn that is collecting data.

    It could be anything; even your TV set might be having a chip and camera. So while you peek at it, an Alien species might be watching you in your living room. And thanks to MTV cribs, the English premier league, NFL, NBA and reality TV, we now have TV sets in bars, washrooms and car trunks. All ensuring we get the daily dosage of TV viewing. It’s even gone a notch higher. It’s on our phones too. In my rural village, spoilt TV sets are being displayed as part of the living room ornaments. Very soon they will be replaced by working sets, thanks to globalization et al.

    Maybe some of the world leaders could be aliens planted among our midst to lead us to self destruction. So long us we remain fooled by their alien schemes, the aliens could be preoccupied with their own lives. As soon as we get dangerously smart, aliens could be organizing ploys to destruct us again. “Plant and pay off” could be useful to aliens too. Makes me wonder! Could climate change and nuclear weapons be an alien scheme?

    Quite frankly if there is some intelligent species out there, they could be millions of miles ahead of us to even attack us. No one needs to attack a self destructing enemy. Remaining quiet and anonymous could be more beneficial to them than attracting the attention of some destructive being. Who knows! One of their fears could be that we are play-acting so as to make them, inadvertently, reveal their identity.

    It could be “a cat and mouse game.” So before we begin shooting in the dark, we need the map of the area. Use this link http://www.johnlerrato.com/Looking For The Others.htm and start updating your map.

    April 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jlo

    Ryn- I SO agree! I think his illness/condition DOES affect his credibility when it should not. I found your statement to be SO true and right on point! I'm glad you have the guts to say all that seeing as you would probably be attacked for your comment. The truth hurts people! America has become too sensitive with people caring about the dumbest things- We take things too personally. Anyway- you are right- I believe people hang on to his information because no one wants to go against his theories "out of fear of being seen as "attacking" a invalid". I think as a society we do that to many individuals.
    If he was #1 on that list I would give him some credibility. But 70-80? Um no.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cornel H. Candappa

    Humanity has lost it's awareness of it's creator God, who brought into existence all life forms both on land and beneath the oceans, and even in the dismal parts of the earth unknown to man, by the mere pronouncements of His awesomeness. If we hold onto our faith in the firm conviction that besides us on planet earth, and God in His heavenly abode, nothing else exists, then grappling with the dilemma of human conscientiousness over fictional intelligence will cease, with due respects to the Giants of Science.

    April 27, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    Dear Mr. Hawking,

    I'm glad you enjoyed M. Knight Shyamalan's Signs as much as I did.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
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