Stephen Hawking’s chilling warning about talking to aliens ignored by scientists

Scientists plan to broadcast the Earth's location in outer space for aliens to see, ignoring Stephen Hawking's chilling warning in the process.

The scientists will project our location as well as nude pictures of a human man and woman.

The Beacon in the Galaxy Project (BITG) reveals information about our solar system, human DNA and the Arecibo Radio Telescope reports the Express.

However, to do so directly contradicts the words of caution that the theoretical physicist and director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge famously gave about space.

In 2015, the renowned physicist warned against reaching out to alien life as scientists launched Breakthrough Listen, which was a $100million (£75million) project that was aimed at looking for extraterrestrial life in space.

Dr Hawking said: "If you look at history, contact between humans and less intelligent organisms have often been disastrous from their point of view, and encounters between civilisations with advanced versus primitive technologies have gone badly for the less advanced."

He also warned that aliens that discover the signal “might not see us as any more valuable than we see bacteria”.

However, Jamilah Hah, a researcher involved in the BITG project, disagrees with Mr Hawking, noting that the benefits could outweigh the potential risks.

She told Newsweek: "Stephen Hawking's quote is absolutely inspiring and my personal conclusion was that any species capable of understanding and interpreting our message will likely be equally if not more intelligent and wary of our existence.

"Thus, as long as contact is approached with a clear sign of peace, it can be assumed that the hopeful possibilities and discoveries that come alongside communication outweigh the risk."

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