Contact with alien life is imminent, according to the chief physicist, but we should not expect it to be friendly.
String theory expert and futurist Michio Kaku believes that within the century we will find signs of life in the universe.
But blindly contacting aliens is “a terrible idea,” he said The Guardian, compared to the Montezuma meeting with Hernan Cortés before the Spanish decimated the Aztecs in the 16th century.
Kaku, the author of several scientific bestsellers, advises making first contact ‘very careful’.
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“I think aliens would be friendly out there, but we can’t bet on it,” said futurist Michio Kaku, author of The God Equation. Kaku cheerfully calls contacting aliens a ‘terrible idea’
The reference to Montezuma may fear Earthlings, as the ancient ruler of the Aztecs in the 16th century who welcomed Cortés and was murdered for his good deed.
Taking advantage of the welcome, Cortés took Montezuma hostage so that he could take the Aztec throne.
Montezuma would later have been murdered by his angry subjects who thought he had wanted to give up Spanish rule.
And Kaku warns that welcoming foreign beings to Earth can have the same result.
With the planned October launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (pictured), “We will have thousands of planets to look at,” said Kaku, who has predicted that humans will interact with aliens in the 21st century.
But blindly contacting aliens is “ a terrible idea, ” he told The Guardian, likened it to the Montezuma encounter with Cortés before the Spanish decimated the Aztecs in the 16th century.
Kaku is a professor of theoretical physics at City College in New York and a leading proponent of string theory.
He popularizes physics on TV and has written several New York Times bestsellers, including Physics of the Future and The Future of the Mind, which postulates about the possibilities of telepathy and programmable memories.
Who is Michio Kaku?
Japanese-American scientist Michio Kaku was born on January 24, 1947 in San Jose, California.
He attended Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his PhD in 1972.
Kaku’s studies focus on theoretical physics, and the constant search for a so-called ‘Theory of Everything’ that unites the four fundamental forces of nature – the strong force, the weak force, gravity and electromagnetism.
Today he popularizes physics with the public as a science communicator and hosts TV specials for the BBC, Discovery Channel and other outlets.
He has also written several popular science books, including Physics of the Future, Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the Theory of the Universe and The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance and Empower the Mind.
Several of his titles topped the New York Times bestseller list.
His latest book, The God Equation, discusses the ongoing quest to develop a ‘theory of everything’ that unites the fundamental forces of nature.
But Kaku’s scientific curiosity extends to other realms, including the quest for intelligent life in the universe.
In a 2018 reddit AMA, he said he felt humanity would make contact with aliens “within the century.”
His optimism comes from the planned October 2021 launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, which will offer even greater infrared resolution and sensitivity than the Hubble telescope.
“ We will have thousands of planets to look at, which is why I think the chances are quite high that we will come into contact with an alien civilization, ” he said in a new interview with The Guardian
But the well-known futurist is ambivalent about ringing the bell at an ET.
“There are some colleagues of mine who think we should contact them,” he told The Guardian. “I think that’s a terrible idea.”
“We all know what happened to Montezuma when he met Cortés in Mexico hundreds of years ago.”
Montezuma II, the last emperor of the Aztecs, was defeated in 1520 by the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés.
“Personally, I think aliens would be friendly, but we can’t bet on it,” Kaku added. “So I think we’ll make contact, but we have to do it very carefully.”
In our rush to communicate, he said in the reddit AMA, we also need to consider their intentions: “Are they expansive and aggressive or peaceful?”
And communication may not be that easy.
Since we use radio waves, “it will be difficult to talk to them as they could be tens of light years away,” he said in the AMA.
Kaku is certainly not the only one who has reservations about a close encounter. ‘We don’t know much about aliens, but we do know about humans,’ said renowned physicist Stephen Hawkings (pictured) in 2018
[Another] the possibility is that they will land on the lawn of the White House and announce their existence, ”he added. “But I think that’s unlikely, because we would be like forest animals to them.”
Kaku is certainly not the only one who has reservations about a close encounter.
‘We don’t know much about aliens, but we do know about humans,’ noted physicist Stephen Hawkings in 2018. Live Science reported.
“If you look at history, contact between humans and less intelligent organisms has often been disastrous from their point of view, and encounters between civilizations with advanced versus primitive technologies have gone badly for the less advanced.”
An alien civilization receiving a message from Earth could be “billions of years” ahead of human development, he added.
“If so, they will be much more powerful and may not value us more than we see bacteria.”
But like Kaku, Hawkins still supported the quest for alien life.
In fact, his comment was made at a press event announcing a ten-year $ 100 million effort to listen for broadcast signals from the million closest stars, using two of the world’s most powerful telescopes.
“It’s time to commit to finding the answer – to look for life beyond Earth,” he said. ‘We live. We are intelligent. We need to know. ‘