Stephen Hawking is one of the smartest guys on the planet. The popular theoretical physicist and cosmologist has done several groundbreaking work in the field of science and is considered as one of the great minds today. Hawking has long been fascinated with space and with possibility of extraterrestrial life and recently he has made a statement that while he believes that aliens may actually exist man won’t likely find them anytime soon.
According to a report from Discovery News, Stephen Hawking made the prediction earlier this week during the announcement for the Breakthrough Starshot in New York City. As reported by Wired, the Breakthrough Starshot initiative is an idea to launch small spacecrafts into space that can travel to the nearest star system, Alpha Centauri to try and find extraterrestrial life. While normally that feat would take tens of thousands of years, by using a ground-based laser to propel the small nanocraft into space, it can reach Alpha Centauri in just 20 years.
Hawking is one of the people behind Breakthrough Starshot together with Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, as reported by Business Insider. He answered several questions during the event, one of which is asking how likely it will be for scientists to discover intelligent life in the next two decades. Hawking replied, “The probability is low, probably”.
While Stephen Hawking predicts that it may take some time before such a major discovery is made, he does mention that there are “billions of habitable planets in our galaxy alone” and as such it seems likely that “there are others out there”. According to the Discovery News report, Hawking has previously predicted that intelligent aliens could be a threat to mankind and when asked again during the Breakthrough Starshot event he said “We should hope that they don’t find us.”
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