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    Aliens might be nice ‘but we can’t gamble on it’ expert says

    Sure, they’re on the market, however ought to we be trying?

    Michio Kaku, a professor of theoretical physics at City College of New York and all-around pop-science icon, has issued a warning about extraterrestrials — and efforts to hunt them out.

    “I feel that’s a horrible concept,” the 74-year-old astrophysicist mentioned.

    Kaku, maybe finest identified for his contributions to string concept, spoke to the Guardian about his new ebook, “The God Equation,” which covers modern actions in science and know-how.

    But his interview took a spacey flip.

    In the previous, Kaku has theorized that people might meet their extraterrestrial counterparts inside this century. While the prospect might sound thrilling for a lot of, Kaku is extra cautious than desperate to make contact.

    “We all know what occurred to Montezuma when he met Cortés in Mexico so many a whole lot of years in the past,” he mentioned, alluding to the disastrous demise of the sixteenth century Aztec emperor, which was instigated by what appeared to be a friendship of comfort with Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés.

    depiction of Montezuma being captured by the Spaniards
    What started as a gathering of the minds between Montezuma and the Spanish conquistadors within the sixteenth century resulted in tragedy for a whole lot of hundreds of Aztecs.
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    Cortés’ amiable acquaintance would devolve into the autumn of the Aztec Empire as Spanish colonizers usurped energy over native peoples — all primarily based on what historians describe as an enormous miscommunication between the disparate cultures. Or, that Cortés lied to the Spanish monarch as justification to wage warfare in opposition to the Aztecs.

    Either approach, these worlds colliding resulted in tragedy for some 200,000 Aztecs.

    And, just like the European settlers to the Americas, Kaku hypothesizes that our other-worldly guests can also method amicably, though they may harbor extra insidious intentions.

    “Now, personally, I feel that aliens on the market would be pleasant, however we can’t gamble on it. So I feel we will make contact however we ought to do it very rigorously.”

    Amy Adams in "Arrival", 2016
    A worlds-colliding situation much like the one described by Michio Kaku was depicted within the 2016 movie “Arrival.”
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    And the doubtless disastrous assembly may additionally occur before you might suppose.

    “Soon we’ll have [NASA’s James] Webb telescope up in orbit and we’ll have hundreds of planets to take a look at, and that’s why I feel the probabilities are fairly excessive that we might make contact with an alien civilization,” Kaku mentioned.

    rendering of the James Webb Space Telescope
    Astrophysicist Michio Kaku talked to the Guardian in regards to the very actual prospect of assembly aliens following the launch of NASA’s James Webb telescope.
    Northrop Grumman

    Recently, Kaku made one other alarming prediction for the close to future: self-replicating robots. In a 15-minute video for Big Think, the scientist mentioned the prospect of sending clone bots to assist build-out Mars for galactic colonization.

    While discussing Elon Musk’s plans for a “multi-planet species,” by sending about 1 million people to colonize Mars by way of Musk’s SpaceX rockets, Kaku notes that the job would additionally require “one million hammers” and “one million saws.”

    “You must have fleets of staff to start the method of constructing issues — except you create the primary self-replicating robotic … till you’ve a military of those robots that may construct cities on Mars,” he told Big Think. In his imaginative and prescient, these robots “could make copies of themselves by mining the minerals which are already on Mars.”

    “And then past that, who is aware of? Maybe our future actually does lie in outer house,” he concluded — that’s, if the robots don’t wise-up and switch in opposition to us first.

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