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. john Sonpull

    you know....i always thought ET couldn't be trusted....

    April 28, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ariel

    I think this show has a very mere sight of life. Life is not only about eating or providing to the self. it also about serving others. i cannot imagine SUPER INTELLIGENT beings traveling the cosmos, developing magnificent technology only because they are hungry for whatever other than THE UNIVERSAL PURE KNOWLEDGE. THATS LIKE SAYING IN LIFE YOU ONLY DO ANYTHIGN FOR FOOD OR ANY OTHER MATERIAL REASON, TO SATISFY YOUR SELF. I think we have lost the meaning of knowledge. Schools are perverted with mindless kids and teachers because nowadays, you only go to university to become a great doctor or a great engineer to have a faboulus house, a fab car, yacht..etc. not for the sake of being a human person in your society and offer your service in the best way you know and want. So i thk we shoudl rethink what Stephen hawking says about SUPER INTELLIGENT aliens being hostile its too much of a plain ecxuse to 'not believe in them'

    April 29, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. CommonSense

    Hawking is a nutjob - He Sounds mor like a bookie in Vegas than a Scientist. -- Put "scientist" in front of any claimant of any ridicules statement and all of the small-minded fall in line to worship at his feet.
    Why would anyone think that that the "chances" (as a Vegas style bookie) aliens would be more super intelligent than they would be morons?

    April 29, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. uranus

    this article has been posted on "My Space" in June 2008
    THERE IS NO OTHER WAY !..:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

    For all rationale citizens of the planet Earth:if after 2000 years -at least- of so-called civilization we still kill each other for all kind of stupid and very insignificant reasons,for fabricated ones,very often, even for pleasure ,we need ,we must to understand -at least- that we deserve (an earlier one) the end predicted by Bible.I am sure that for many of us it's hard to comprehend how we don't realize that we are not alone in this infinite universe and one of the greatest danger for us will come from a natural cosmic catastrophe or from another civilization more advanced then we are and which -one day- will decide to destroy us for having acces to our resources or for any other reasons ,we even cannot think about what.And as we know,ten thousands years ago we killed each other, two thousands years ago we did the same, at 13th century, at 18th century the same, in 1914, in 1940, in 1965,1991,1998,2003 and right today we have in every day thousands of our planet co-citezens killed direct or indirect by wars which never end.And meantime our real time is running out, our real and total end is closer and closer and our preparation for the biggest attempt of mankind is almost zero! Thru grace of God -if He does exist- or thru a colossal chain of extraordinary occurences ,we, the mankind ,have the power to see in time, long back and far in the future, we have the power- thru our brains and experience- to predict what may happen next day or over 100 years from now, we even have the ability to change that future and we have the power and the resources to do what many other civilizations from other very -far-located planetes are doing to survive their specie:to find a new place, a new body sky which will fit and accomodate their basic needs.We have the power to do the same thing ,but instead to focus on this extremely important matter we use all the natural an all man-made resources to destroy each other and to destroy our habitat, the planet which is still our home.But what is dividing us so deep than we cannot live as brothers and sisters(which in fact we are) ,or at least, to live together in peace ?The first reason is the religion, people hate each other because their imaginary God is better and more powerful then other people's God and they think they will serve God(their God) if they fight against other religion even thru the supreme sacrifice( in one side or other): mostly killing the,pagans,infidels and so on !And humankind's history is full of religious wars, big and small ," holly" or unholly!

    The second main reason is the nationalism and we have too many examples of wars based on this issue,starting in ancient times, and in our time, too. In the third place is the racial and ethnic motivation,race and ethnic groups try to eliminate other race or ethnic groups because these are on" inferior level", social, cultural or biological. And the last one , which interfere with all above mentioned ,is the economic motivation, the desire to have more and more without (too much) labor.And as we can see in the latest decades these issues are growing up in intensity and spreaded around the world, the mondial terrorism activity is a compresive form of all above exhibited factors.From God – if He does exist-or from the blind Mother Nature, we have the capacities to understand that the universe is infinite but all the components of it, are finite in their forms, stucture,etc. and we,the mankind will end one day our journey on this planet, even the planet itself will be desintegrated one day, dispersed in cosmos or absorbed by another,much bigger, body sky, or will disappears thru any other rationale or irationale scenario.This doesn't make any difference as long as the main point is that we are not prepared for that day, we act as any kind of inferior animals which fight or play between themselves, and when they get tired , their natural enemy will easy kill all of them.It is very obvious that the actual mondial structure (in all aspects) is not fitted to improve this situation, actually, seems it is worsening the entire situation.It is also crystal clear that UN is just a poker table where the most powerful nations are playing their games under all kind of commitees or regional structure and organisations(NATO, EU,NAFTA and so on) which mentain the division between nations, between people .To achive the above mentioned goal, we have to understand that we need giant resources to be put at work together and not dispersed as the situation is right now, even after so many hundred of years following the industrial revolution.Our planet has all material resources nedeed for this extremely massive and complicate action,and the human mind has all technical solution to achieve this paramount goal! But we cannot move forward even a single little step because we are very divided and very important ,almost all of us,we have our own armies which don't produce anything but consume the most important resources and ,in the same time, it is very,very important, they are the biggest poluant-with total non sense- of our habitat, the Earth and this is going to bring our end closer and closer,no doubt about that !Again,UN is nothing in this actual structure and will never achieve a big and important goal, mentaining the same structure ,even if the president of this multinational body will come up with the most gracious ,genial idea, because regional or national interest will block -direct or indirect- further actions.(UN is not even able to end the ugliest form of womens' slavery ,prostitution in brothels) UN is weak because few nations have much more military power then UN has,and the world is deep divided ,mostly economical.To end up forever the economical division is easy to understand that there is only one way: the Globalization !

    We know very well that in almost all popular culture Globalization has the interpretation of world's end and I really do believe it is totaly true if the actual UN will don't change and its power will still stay under the control of any powerful nation which today is still US but in less than 15 years will be China ,which -everybody can see that- will be the most powerful nation ,economicaly and military,too.

    But a globalization under that flag or under this flag, under any flag , at this point will be just a mondial fiasco, very possible the begining of the third big war,a pandemic war,mostly conducted and performed in terrorist style with all mass destruction weapons,nuclear, chemical, physical (as electromagnetic guns) and biological.Therefore,before the begining of the right and real globalization we need to operate few big and important things:

    1) UN need to have the largest and the most sophisticated military corp,

    2) All nations which want to be member of the new UN must disolve their national military structure,and to provide UN with the best personnel and with the most advanced military technology and equipment they have and for every nation this will be the cheapest way to protect themselves,

    3) Every UN member will provide equal number of soldiers and officers regardless their actual military power and regardless their number of population,

    4) Every UN member,after dismembering their military structure shall turn those active military in police officers and National Guard carrying only light weapons,

    5) In this new UN shall not be anymore G7,G8 or G9 and so on, not Security Council and nobody shall have veto rights,

    6)There shall not be the power of decission in the hand of a single person or nation,

    7) Any issue shall be passed not by 51% but by 75% thru open vote ,in this way nobody,no country, large or small, can manipulate over 74% of entire organisation,

    8) The national military industries shall be under UN's direct control and their main production will be focalized on very sofisticated equipment,instruments and machineries which will serve to the purpose of the biggest attempt of humankind; still, they will continue to produce weaponry for UN and plenty of light weapons for police corps and developing new generations of unletal weapons.

    Of course the "what to do" list is open for all sugestion and a lot of many hundred details need to be set,but after achieving this prime goal we can procedee with the next one.Having consideration for those above mentioned in the first part of this e-article,UN must start to build -at any cost- the first 5,6,or more, most advanced and sophisticated spatial carriers which could support and acomodate much more people then actual ones ,also to be able to carry much more equipment and the capacity to "fly" in cosmos many, many years in row.At the same time UN need to prepare those people who will try to settle on a new planet(much better long before then we will be in the real need).As long as the cloning issue is not yet on its practical peak, the people chosen for this mission will be just young ,healthy women,able to get pregnant and with the highest IQ and education posible in chemistry, physic and biology.Even if that new human habitat,the new planet will be named Womens' Planet, it is rationale to use only women in this project ,because after they will find the new suitable place, they could bread and spread our specie thru their pregnancy done thru artificial insemination.As we know,the end of this planet could be anytime thru cosmic accidents or planned acts,but may be done by human acts and we have the power to execute this apocalyptic scenario ,too.Either way the end may be, the problem is that we are not prepared to survive and our civilization , our specie and other thousands of Earth's species -animals and plants – will disappear forever,and the only way to prevent this to happens and to achieve the above exposed goal ,is the globalization process and bringing together all resources,material and human. And that is not going to be possible without a strong global economy and without a strong UN which can efectively controls every "corner" of the planet and mentain peace and social justice everywere, which is the base for a global prosperity and the base for focalization of those giantic resources we need for that big, paramount achivement.In the same time UN must start to develop the most powerful and sophisticated spatial carriers which can transport and set automatically powerful equipment and machinery and very powerful bombs.These equipments are the only ones -possible- shield against a catastrophic accident, when a huge comet or other big celestial body (one or more,even a storm of comets) has a high probability to colide with our planet or just to pass by but thru our atmosphere.The result may be a total Earth's fracture and section in 2 or more pieces which will derail from the regular orbit, or,in a softer impact scenario, a planetar earth quike at an extremely high magnitude( very probable over 20 degrees,Richter scale) which will destroy 80-90 percent of all solid structures on the entire earth and will kill easy, at least 1 billion people.Even if that giantic body sky ( even smaller then 5% of earth mass and volume) flying with a cosmic speed ,will hit our atmosphere tangential with the earth itself (anywhere between 2-8 km) will rise the temperature of entire planet with many degrees which will stay high for months ,enough time to kill at least half of entire Earth's biological structures(humans, animals,plants).and for ever, or at least, for many ,many years will enforce a substantial change in entire planet's life.It is also possible that a very hot body sky to land in our planetar ocean and to produce a giant water evaporization which also would enforce terrible changes in planet's life.There are many, many scenarios,many of them appear to be just sci-fi but they may be real ,too.

    Therefore,UN has the obligation to be prepared for these sort of events and to have ready for start,all the times,ten or more such spatial carriers which have the ability to fly far away, to "land" on that or those intruders body sky , to drill few tens or hundreds meters in their structure in no time, to set the explosive complex,(and to fly back away if it is possible in order to recuperate the system,which by all accounts and meanings must be very expensive) and to blow that comet far out of our atmosphere,or if the process will occur already in the atmosfere,to detonate the loads and to blow the comet up over the ocean ,and the effect could be just few big tsunami.But for this -right now- Sci-Fi project,only UN sustained by all nations can acomplish it, because of the extreme high price in materials and human inteligence .No nation by itself will ever can acomplish this marvelous and supergiant project.Therefore, us ,the humankind, have all the reason in the world to have a powerful UN but honest and fair with all the nations even with the smallest and poorest ones, we have all the reasons to have an unic government over the entire planet in which the smallest and the poorest nation to have equal rights with the largest and wealthiest ones and thru this goverment will be possible the set the path for equal prosperity all over the world,this is the only way to avoid a new North Korean or Iraq and Iran crises ,it is the only way to avoid Burma's crisis where the goverment deny to their own population the "foreing" humanitarian aid ,Nigeria,or Zimbabwe crisis and so on. And talking about the Earth's "St.Bartolomeo 's night" when that "big day" will come, UN need, must to be able to save our human inheritance. And to acomplish these goals there is only one way: the Globalization.There is no other way!

    June 15, 2008

    April 29, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CommonSense

    Why Should anyone listen to the Rantings of Hawking more than the "Dreams" of Adolf Hitler?

    April 29, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jnan R. Saha

    Dr. Stephen Hawkins is a Great Mathematician and a Great Physicist. He has no idea about Biology. Sometime he makes some stupid comments about Biology and particularly Molecular Biology. Few years ago he said “in next thousand years there will be a Human Clone”. I think that was very silly and uninformed comment by a well known Physicist. A Human clone will happen in early 21st Century. In the latter part it will be routine against opposition Christian Fundamentalists. In the next century Cloning will be in artificial Uterus as it happened in Star Wars. When it comes to Biology, the good Doctor should keep his mouth shut.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jnan R. Saha

    Speaking of Dr. Hawkins, I think his idea about Black Hole will be proven wrong. The reason is INFINITY. If there is a Black Hole it will have Infinite Density. But INFINITY is an abstract concept. In reality it does not exist. There may be a Black Star after consuming millions or billions of Sun like stars with a density 10**17 grams per cubic centimeter!!

    April 29, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. J. Garcia

    There's nothing to panic, if you said said alien has an advance technology or very smart they would rather avoid earth. What do you think they will get from earth if they are more advance than us, it's nothing. And what technology they can get from us technology to make money. an armament technology. A bomb that can destroy humanities. Dirty mind politician. Yes alien is smart that's why they will avoid earth.

    May 1, 2010 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. J. Garcia

    Very funny, this is the people who love to spend for nothing. Other than to serve God.

    May 1, 2010 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jnan R. Saha

    In expanding my previous post, Speaking of Dr. Hawkins, I think his idea about Black Hole will be proven wrong. The reason is INFINITY. If there is a Black Hole it will have Infinite Density. But INFINITY is an abstract concept. In reality it does not exist. There may be a Black Star after consuming millions or billions of Sun like stars with a density 10**17 grams per cubic centimeter!! One day two such objects with masses of 100 billion stars will collide and then boom! Everything within a few million light years will be converted to Elementary Particle and New Galaxies will be created. I am not saying how the Universe started, not certainly by Big Bang!!

    May 1, 2010 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |

    Aliens? Stephen Hawkins thinks that they exists? ,A, AHA, AHA HA HA HA HA HA, TEE HE HE HE HE HU HU HU HU!!! HA HA HA HA HA !!!

    Thank for the Joke.

    Give the guy a break. Its age, and we all will get there, and start thinking the same.

    May 1, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rudy Kreubel

    Nobody yet knows just what lies out there in the universe. There are all kinds of speculations and, until we actually set foot on other inhabited planets or meet aliens, all these speculationsre are equally valid.

    As to what the temperament might be of aliens, I think that any culture that has mastered interstellar or intergalactic travel will also have solved its energy and mineral problems without having to raid the universe. In other words, I think these aliens are/would be curious about us and would/are observing us at a distance. They might have a code of where they do not interfere with immerging civilizations. They certainly would not care if we wiped ouselves out. They certiainly would not share their technology with us either. So don't hold your breath waiting for any form of assistance from them.

    May 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jnan R. Saha

    Yes Rudy no one knows what is out there in the Universe. Solar system and Earth were formed and Life appeared by Natural phenomena. If the same happened in other parts of the Universe there may be millions or billions of Worlds teeming with technologically advanced Civilizations. But encounter of Third Kind or Fourth Kind with such civilizations is absolutely impossible because of vast distance between any two worlds. However any microorganism originate from such World could travel in Meteorite in freeze dried form could travel thousands of years, like a Meteorite originated in Mars and crashed on Earth fifteen million years ago. Such microorganisms could cause more danger to living beings on Earth.

    May 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joelsonsky

    What if Steve Hawkins is correct, that ETs are searching for resources that are available only on earth? What is that resource....how about a food source. Nope, not vegetable crops, but human blood properties, or rather enzyms within our blood, or some other bio-mass within our bodies provide an identical dna code of a missing component to harvest that food source? Will they recieve resistance from earth.....sure they will, but how long can humans sustain such a hi-caliber war against advanced weapons? Well, nuclear would help.

    May 8, 2010 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
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